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post #11 of 13 Old 12-20-2011, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val View Post
How far this guy is from you: Phillip Dutton Eventing ? I've seen him riding at the big eventing competition in MD and he did lovely lovely test in dressage arena (and just seemed to be a nice person overall). My trainer has a great respect for him.

But overall if you want to learn more of dressage (and you have to anyway since it's one step in eventing) I'd go with dressage instructor, and may be eventing instructor in addition to that or later on.

When I was looking for dressage instructor and later on for eventing one I asked people on local forums for recommendations. Mind you recommendations may be great but the trainer won't work out for you (that's happened to me several times), but I have to say both trainers I work with now I found with the forum people help. Also I may be wrong, but I had a feeling there is a local equine newspaper in PA with trainers and ads (I remember seeing something like that at the PA Expo). May be also a good place to look.
I looked him up and he's about an hour away from me - a bit far for a weekly lesson but maybe he does clinics or something?

And great recommendation with the equine newspaper. I have plans to see the PA Horse World Expo in February, and I also have a local tack shop that probably carries it. And I didn't even think of local forums!
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post #12 of 13 Old 12-20-2011, 12:53 PM
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I suggest watching the trainer ride, watch some of the trainer's students ride... find out how long the students have been working with the trainer (if the student looks good and has been riding with the trainer from "beginning to current", that is AWESOME). Talk to the trainer, find out if you even like them as an individual. I know many horse trainers come off as "holier than thou" and it is hard to focus on what they are saying (even if it makes sense) if they are barking at you like you are an idiot (however some people thrive on that, too, haha). Good luck!!!!!

Also, look at whether or not the trainer has any successes for themselves and their students to their credit
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post #13 of 13 Old 12-20-2011, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by saddlesandskis View Post
I looked him up and he's about an hour away from me - a bit far for a weekly lesson but maybe he does clinics or something?
I take my horse one hour one way to my trainer (weekly lessons), but I can understand not everyone can do/afford it. I'd love to take some lessons with that guy, but he's way too far from my place. :(

I believe there will be some dressage trainers at the PA Expo (last year they had Jane Savoie there). So may be some local ones too (or you can ask for recommendations).

In any case good luck! :)

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