I met with 2 trainers yesterday...one in the morning, and the other later yesterday afternoon. I took a lesson from both.
Trainer #1 has ridden at a Grand Prix level, and still trains herself under another person. She frequently holds clinics at her barn which I was welcomed to attend. She has a smaller barn, but top notch facility..incredibly clean and organized. A snippet from her website:
"_____ also received extensive training under Mary Wanless of England, who imparted creative ways to communicate a proper seat to the rider. _______ has competed through Grand Prix, riding ________, a former USA Olympic team horse. ______ was a dressage instructor and clinician in the Monterey Bay area until 1998, when she and her husband, moved to Oregon and started ________ Dressage. ______ has continued her dressage training under Margret Dieckmann-Grosshundorff of Germany and Dieter Reidinger of Austria."
I really liked her A LOT. Very patient, very knowledgeable, and a great instructor overall.
Trainer #2 is younger, about my age (late twenties early thirties) and is definitely a lot spunkier. What concerns me is she has more of a cross country background, than dressage so to speak. I feel that she was a great teacher, but maybe just getting started, whereas trainer #1 already has a firm foundation. Trainer #2 is half the price, but I think the extra $ is worth it..to get taught by somebody I believe to be more experienced of the two.
Thank you everyone for your input! This is not an easy process when you are new to the sport. :)