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    07-20-2011, 12:56 PM
Heath Ryan clinic - opinions?

Will be in my area end of the Aug. It's not a real clinic as far as I understand, but you can take private (or semi-private) lesson in either dressage or jumping (or both if you are rich ). My problem though the cost of private dressage lesson = 4.5 lessons with my trainer (who I respect greatly). So I wonder if it worth to sign up (especially given I'm just on Training level with my qh).
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    07-21-2011, 05:15 AM
I'm assuming this is the Aussie Heath Ryan? If so... not my cup of tea. But hey, take every opportunity to try a different method, it might work for you. Heath's a top rider here and is on our Olympic and WEG teams, and is a pretty reasonable bloke, but I'm just not into how he trains and rides.
    07-21-2011, 07:01 AM
Yes, Kayty, Aussie one. Thanks for your input!

It's very expensive lesson and the reason given because the person is "Olympic Coach", which is not good enough explanation for me. I think I going to pass (and better take couple cheaper lessons from local trainers showing internationally to try different approaches).
    07-21-2011, 09:30 AM
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Who is he and when is the clinic?
    07-21-2011, 09:33 AM
Green Broke
If it is dressage you are after, and are willing to shell out some $$$ for a lesson, I would think that looking around for an Internationally recogised dressage coach will give you more insight into dressage specifically.

Heath is a wonderful eventer (I've met him, was too star struck to say anything other than uh, er, nice to meet you) but I probably wouldn't advise shelling out for his dressage lessons. XC sure! SJ maybe but dressage prob not.
    07-21-2011, 09:34 AM
He is an Australian Grand Prix Dressage Rider, one of our 'top', is on the Olympic Squad at this stage, been to WEG and other major international competitions on one of his stallions, Regardez Moi.
Some like his riding, some don't. Personally, I'm not into riding with my fists up around my ears, and he's quite forceful in much of his training. He also screwed over a friend of mine in buying one of his horses, which, don't get me wrong, was absolutely stunning, but very far from what he advertised it as.

Decent enough bloke I guess, and I'm sure people would take some good advice home from a clinic with him, but he's just not mu cup of tea
    07-21-2011, 09:35 AM
Originally Posted by sarahver    

Heath is a wonderful eventer (I've met him, was too star struck to say anything other than uh, er, nice to meet you) but I probably wouldn't advise shelling out for his dressage lessons. XC sure! SJ maybe but dressage prob not.
Heath's been a VERY big dressage name here in the last few years since he started riding Fabio, he's at the top in both eventing and dressage now. Though as I said, just because he's getting the results doesn't mean he's perfect in the sport
    07-21-2011, 09:38 AM
Green Broke
OK I see, I thought I was going crazy there for a sec!! Been outta the country for too long.
    07-21-2011, 01:03 PM
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
who is he and when is the clinic?
Playland Farm (Aug 21 & 22)

Thank you, Sarah & Kayty! As I think about it indeed a lesson from dressage trainer (not eventer) could be a better route (since I don't really jump and probably will never event as I'm not brave enough ). I truly appreciate the opinions. I don't think "forceful" is really a way to go for me (tried it in past with different trainers, didn't take me anywhere).
    07-31-2011, 02:12 PM
I will most likely be riding in this, as well as my coach.

However I'm an avid eventer and not so much a straight dressage rider. As with all the coaches I've lessoned with I'll listen to what advice and pointers they have and I'll know if it will work or won't for the horse I'm on. It's always good to get another perspective, so that's what I'm going for!

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