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        03-20-2011, 01:52 AM
      #1
    Foal
    What would you do Re: finding a new trainer

    Due to unfortunate circumstances my trainer of 10 years will most likely be moving within the next few months. I am very saddened by this since we have become very close friends. I am also in distress because she is the only eventing trainer within 150 miles of where I am. Although she has only been through intermediate, she has awesome connections (on of her best friends was at WEG and has been to the Olympics) and I would clinic with "the best" frequently. Although I am not currently competing, I still do enjoy going to clinics and schooling. I think I find more joy in doing it out of sheer love of it rather than competition.

    I am at a loss at where I am to go form here. It seems my only viable option is Dressage, but I absolutely love xc and can't see giving it up. What would you guys do in my situation? I am most definitely going to talk to my trainer about what she thinks would be best for me...I know she will want me to go to her trainer but we don't have a truck or trailer to take us there for lessons..
         
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        03-20-2011, 10:42 AM
      #2
    Weanling
    Regardless of what your trainer wants, you can only do so much. And have to do what is feasable in your situation. Are you POSITIVE there are no other trainers near you?
    Have you tried putting ads up in horse classifieds or Craigslist looking for a new trainer?
    As you say, your trainer has connections, etc. But she might not know everything and there very well could be some qualified trainers out there near you that she could be missing.
    Maybe, also, the trainer that you are expecting her to recommend might be able to come to you?
    I truly have no idea what I would do in your situation and I am unfamiliar with eventing of any kind, so if any of my suggestions seem silly, I apologize.
    Good Luck finding someone, I hope you don't have to give anything up. <3
         
        03-20-2011, 03:36 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Yeah I am positive there are no trainers in my area. Most of the people who have horses where I live just have backyard horses and have never even heard of eventing :/
         
        03-20-2011, 04:33 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Ask your trainer if she knows of anybody close by, if she has connections then she might be able to point you in the right direction. You could also try having 2 coaches ~ 1 for dressage & 1 for jumping / cross country.
    Ask around at the boarding stables in the area, they might host or know of trainers that can be of help. Some trainers may be known as a dressage coach, and also have jumping experience on the side, so ask around.
         
        03-20-2011, 05:06 PM
      #5
    Foal
    I know how you're feeling, mustbemonroe. I have just moved to Canada from France, where I competed regularly in show-jumping with my horse.
    Here, it seems that there are only western riders, and whilst I have NOTHING against western riding (infact I intend to give it a go!!), I just don't know how I am going to continue to have jumping lessons or compete.

    The nearest jumping/competition yards are over 100km away and that's really unrealistic. I'm thinking that my future lies with dressage too. I enjoy dressage, but jumping is my "thing". Plus my horse is an experienced jumper, bred specifically for the job.

    If you do want to do some dressage, then there is a fabulous site. Not sure if I'm allowed to post the link on here, so sorry Mods if that's the case and please delete if you have to!

    Its: Home

    Each month you have a selection of dressage tests to print off and learn. You need someone to video you and then you send your test in and you get marked and placed. It's a great way of improving, especially if you don't have access to regular lessons, but of course it won't ever replace the eventing.

    Hope that helps, a little...
         
        03-20-2011, 09:32 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Haha well what about just carrying on with your eventing training etc by yourself??

    Where I am I drive a long way every sixmonths to train with my trainer for a few days then the rest of the year all thr training is up to me, I do have showjumping or dressage lessons whenver a traveling trainer is in the area. No one here even has trainers really, you just have a lesson with whoever comes to put on clinics, this is usally only every couple of months.

    You actually develop a really good feel for your horse when you have to rely on your own instincts, sometimes having a constant trainer leaves you to reliant on them rather than your own horsemanship skills

    Good luck with whatever you decide
         
        03-20-2011, 10:23 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    I agree^^ We have ALOT of eventing trainers around here. I'm in Aiken, SC. Probably the biggest eventing area in the country and I still only go to my trainer MAYBE once a month. Its good to have a trainer but you also have to learn to do it on your own because you can't have your trainer with you on course. And sometimes your trainer can't make it to all the events your going to and you will be alone then. Like wild horses said, just try to take clinics, if they ever come near you. Or you may have to travel some for lessons or clinics.
         
        03-20-2011, 10:48 PM
      #8
    Foal
    Thanks all for the responses! I am not comfortable jumping by myself over like 2'3'' lol...My horse can be a bit of a nut when it comes to stadium! Even if that was not the case, I don't have access to any jumps. We live in an HOA and she really is the only person at our stables who has all the proper insurance to teach (jumping) lessons. She owns all of the jumps. We do have a very good Dressage trainer within 30 miles of us, so she would be my only option. I cannot afford two different coaches. I guess things will work themselves out. I might just go on an "Eventing hiatus" until my husband and I buy a truck and trailer, which will hopefully be within the next couple years.
         

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