The people doing training level and below are exactly the people who DO need trainers there all the time when they are schooling XC. There is a reason they are at the lower levels (myself included) whether it be a green rider or a green horse. Why wouldn't they want to be safe and have a coach guiding them in case something goes wrong?
Eventing is DANGEROUS. possibly the most dangerous out of all of the disciplines. It has gotten a horrible reputation (especially in North America where accidents seem to be happening around every turn lately) and it is usually people who ride recklessly or without a trainer telling them that they are doing something wrong that get hurt- even at the upper levels
Great post Eventerdrew! And I WHOLE HEARTEDLY AGREE! *stands up and applauds* DO NOT EVER UNDER ESTIMATE THIS SPORT
regardless of "how experienced" or "how knowledgeable" you are. And those who do under estimate this sport, do not belong out there.
I've been Eventing since High School, and do you think I school CC without a Coach? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! I do NOT under estimate this sport for one second, and I become infuriated at those who do not take this sport as seriously as I do. I've competed high up in the Lower Levels, and I've never schooled without eyes on the ground.
NEVER SCHOOL CC WITHOUT EYES ON THE GROUND regardles of "how experienced" you think you are.
When you think you are "experienced" enough, or "good enough" to jump CC without eyes on the ground, that is when you will get hurt - because you've under estimated those fences.
So who trains the trainers?
Well, my Coach competes CIC*/CCI*, and her coach competes CIC***/CCI***, and his coach competes CIC****/CCI**** and represented the U.S.A in the Olympics twice, and her coach coaches the U.S Olympic Team. And he, goes back and watches the "greats" in the sport and audits as many clinics as he can.
Even Olympic riders have coaches. Even those coaches keep themselves up to date by educating themselves through clinics and videos and watching other riders around them at their level.
That is why I NEVER have a Coach who does not take lessons.