Like I said, I was the only one who wanted to braid. The people hosting the clinic would have had braiders do the braids for people, last thing you want is someone attempting to braid for a clinic like this.
I was at a clinic last October and the only girl who braided got called out for doing it. The guy said something like " so are you trying to make a point to me that you are a hunter rider or something? " and he was not very nice to her for the rest of the clinic
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That is so weird lol. Dressage folks love to get our braid on hahaha, and most clinicians really appreciate the extra elbow grease put into turnout. At all of the symposiums and "demo" clinics I ride in I even go for white breeches and a stock tie with a black vest, and sparkles in my braids. Strictly demo rides get tails, sparkles everywhere and a top hat.
The PRE that I am riding I will not ride "in public" without being braided because the long mane is so unkempt looking, and unless I am riding outside at home (bugs), I braid it for "normal" training rides in the indoor.
So weird the differences in turnout, I would have guessed that GM would have required braiding for his clinics haha.
That last bit reminds me of my friend who has competed in the FEI rings in both jumping and dressage, she was riding with Mac Cone and fell off at one fence, and for the rest of the time he was like "remember when the dressage rider fell off???" and then laughed. The poor girl, but she is such a good rider so I don't think he picked on her too hard other than making fun of her for riding dressage :P