Of course it's a difference. Without wanting to defend anybody, since that's not what this is all about, but I still think, knowing the circumstances now, he did a relatively decent job. I guess if he wanted to show AQHA trail, he would have trained his horse for that. He trained his horse in a very "special" way, for every day work, which includes mastering obstacles, which are not indoors, have audience nor are white and pretty. Taking this into consideration, the young horse did and handled quite well. I've seen worse riders who claim to be much more than he does. Again, not to defend anybody or anything. Just trying to be fair.
I don't even think he's doing much of a disservice to Californios, at least he's trying to keep the tradition alive and make it known to a greater audience. I seriously doubt any of the Europeans who went to one of his clinics would come to the west here and try to snatch a job cowboying.
I'd still like to see what he does with the classical method.......
Since the original thread is about western or cowboy dressage, my opinion to it. If it is something which gets people to learn more, great. If it gets people to go compete who wouldn't in breed shows, great. Do we need yet another style of riding? No. Is it something new? No.