Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Sorry Spastic - I am so busy with work and making browbands, I don't know if I am coming or going.
Just really pay attention to how she coaches. Is she encouraging, while yet really focusing on the important factors. Does she feel form fits function.
Watch her students ride. See where they are and how they ride.
It really is no different from finding any other coach - do they fit your mold of what Instructor shoud be? Now we know CC is not a sport to piss around with, so find out where she stands with how one should approach the fence and then important fundamentals to riding CC safely and educatedly.
What I repsect, are coaches who take their students back to the arena to work over stadium fences, when they see their students not riding to the base of the fence properly.
As Jim Wofford says - if you cannot jump a stadium fence solidly, you have no business riding a CC fence. I have to agree with him - there have been far too many accidents at lower levels last season due to insecurity in tack and lack of preperation and education - so if this prospective coach really focuses on the important factors, she's a keeper.
Go give her a feel and see where you stand after that.