How much does a trainer's show record matter to you when trainer shopping? Would you be okay with a trainer that's proven in local/unrated shows or only if they have medals?
Purely curious :)
I was bored while waiting for work to appear and looked up some of my old trainers on the USDF centerline scores website and found:
- one had zero record (her accomplishment was getting to novice level as an eventer. Knew that going in but I was a re-rider and mostly just wanted saddle time)
- one has about a quarter of the way to a bronze after 20+ years of rated showing. Her students usually place locally (this was the trainer who was adamant that my horse was three legged lame even though he wasnt so much as head bobbing)
- one claimed to be a 4th level rider but centerline has her at first level at the highest with perhaps 1/4 of the way to a bronze medal (she did live overseas for many years and centerline only has US shows)
Apparently I suck at choosing trainers, LOL.
So what about you guys? Does the trainer's show USDF show record matter to you? What about their local level? Overall experience?
What do you look for in a trainer?
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