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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I'm sorry, maybe I just brain farted and am not seeing it, but I never saw anything by the OP saying that she was taking dressage lessons? Yes, ofcourse you need a high level trainer that is most likely going to cost you a lot of money if you want to get into the upper levels of dressage, but that doesn't mean that you can't learn a lot from a trainer who never made it to nationals.
We have three instructors at our farm. All of them had significant formal training in their younger years, and all of them showed. One of them did show with AQHA for about seven years, another is still competing actively in dressage at Third Level with her imported Hanoverian gelding. The other broke horses for a living until she was injured badly enough to need to find a different occupacion. The other was just a simple ranch hand for over 30 years of his life (he is now in his mid 60s) and broke horses, rode the range, and worked cattle. All three are capable trainers even though they might not be able to train someone up into FEI levels of dressage or take a Quarter Horse to congress. They may of been able to, given the chance and money- but none had the financial backing or time to make that happen. Not everyone can shell out that kind of money.
All I'm saying is that you can't always go by how sucessful a person was in the show ring, where they've been, or how ritzy of a place they work at is. There are plenty of honest, well taught people out there. You just have to look for them.
That being said, I'm NOT telling the OP to go get lessons from someone who just wants to make a bit of extra cash with their horses, or someone who isnt insured or set up to give lessons properly. I'm saying to weight your options and not count someone out just because they didnt have the same opportunities as other equestrians.
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