Ok, I'll start off with my background. I was taught to ride (western equitation) by a team of CHA certified instructors (informal lessons after work) in southern CA, and now, 4 years later, I teach beginner lessons at a barn in Northern, CA. I am a confident rider and studying for my CHA certification this spring (shooting for level 3). I have always been interested in riding english. Something about it, I don't know. I just want to know! So, I have been researching instructors in the area, and I have one option within 100 miles. I called and talked to her, she charges $35 an hour but does not currently have a lesson horse. I have access to horses at the barn where I teach, but they are all western and trail horses. There is one horse that has some background in jumping. Do you guys think this would work? I know it isn't ideal, but consider my options. She said she has been teaching lessons since she was 14 (does not qualify you, and I am concerned whether what I will be learning will be correct) and has shown "dressage, jumping, you know". And she teaches at a local rodeo grounds. (not necessarily a bad thing) What do I do, though?! Do I drive even farther away? I definitely want to have an instructor. I guess I could go for one lesson and check it out. Sorry for the long post!