Cool! I was riding in that.
Sad thing is that was most of our "better" riders in Alberta.
PS I'm assuming it was the Gold one and not one of the schooling shows.. Our schooling shows are abysmal.
aynelson - I still stand by my firm belief that in order to encourage education we need real people in real life teaching correct concepts. Yes my posts may have helped some riders, but then what will that do? Having one more puzzle piece of a 1000 piece puzzle won't solve the puzzle. Information in the wrong contexts is very, very dangerous because most of the time people don't know what they don't know, they get 50 puzzle pieces and imagine where the other 950 go. Until North America (especially Canada) has a structured program for teaching and learning in dressage it will stay in the dark ages.
Internet forums will not solve the problem, real life programs, incentives and structure will.
Anebel - that is totally true. But, how do you propose this happen? I mean, the reputation of dressage is in real trouble. Real life training is certainly the most effective way to evaluate, correct, and learn. Of course people don't know what they don't know, but I guess I am just more hopeful that not everyone is a blistering idiot. I hope most reasonable people can benefit from having access to good information. But, you are right about needing real life, training interaction. How would you remedy the political problems that would accompany a governing body?
I am not convinced that solely making a governing body for education can change this atmosphere of misinformation. I have encountered people who have real misgivings about training concepts. These are things you may not need a riding lesson to understand. The idea of collection, bend, straightness, suppleness (etc.) can be thoroughly discussed without a lesson. You must agree that we can certainly glean information from books, videos, forums (in addition to real life experiences). Some people who live in areas where dressage is remote benefit this way. Sadly, we cannot have wonderful trainers down every road.
Internet forums certainly cannot teach you a riding lesson, but they can give information, provide a place to inquire, and exchange information. I do agree with you and you have a great point, but I would not dis internet forums (especially since we are communicating via one).