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post #31 of 64 Old 05-02-2010, 05:40 PM
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Actually yes it can. The SECOND you take money for training or giving lessons you are considered a pro. So you are no longer eligible to compete on Non Pro or ammy competition. You will have to compete against all the other pro trainers. Does not matter if you take $.01 or $1K you are a pro and as such must compete with the pros.
This is exactly what I was trying to say.
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post #32 of 64 Old 05-02-2010, 05:42 PM
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Have you considered working for an already established barn for a bit before you open up your own barn first? If you work under a good head trainer he/she can really help you develop in both your riding and teaching skills. That's a good thing for ANYONE regardless of how long you've been teaching. Also, you can see what works and what doesn't so you can decide how to operate your own place one day. Plus, it will give you a chance to get your name out there so you aren't starting from scratch as a trainer.

I work for a very established lesson/show barn. It costs my BO $600 A DAY just to keep the doors open! (I definitely don't have that!) They advertise for me, they take care of insurance/liability papers, answer the phones when people call, take care of the school horses, work the arenas, replace the jumps, etc. When we get people in to teach clinics they pay for me to ride with them. When we have horses for sale they pay for me to show them. I've never advertised a day in my life and everyone who shows in the surrounding states know me. And I'm usually on a waiting list for students. There's no way I'd be where I am now if I tried to do things on my own! Just a thought.
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And FYI, if you get ANY kind of payment (even a gift certificate, board, or a hotel room at a show) you have lost your amateur status. (teaching summer camp is the only exception) This goes for even the most local level schooling shows. I hate having to compete against that trainer down the street who's been doing grand prix longer then I've been alive (literally) but that's the way the rules read.
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Thank-you all for the advice and everything I appreciate it. I will take it in consideration of being at another barn first but once I move which is soon I will be having my own barn.

I understand what everyone is trying to say.


Thanks again.
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Things to consider:
1) If you are teaching beginners, you are going to be the one person to introduce them to the horse world; you have to make a good impression. Word of mouth is HUGE in this industry, so getting a good rap is extremely important.
2) Liability is HUGE. You must cover your butt for EVERYTHING, no matter who says what. Even if a person says "I would never sue!" you cannot believe them. You must be covered, and for a hefty amount as well.
3) Ammy status. The instant you get one cent paid to you for a service, you are no longer an amateur. That means that if you show, you must show with the pros.
4) Do you have enough background? People are going to ask you what you've done, where you've shown, and who you've been coached under. If I were looking for a coach for my child, I would probably be liable to grill them pretty good haha. Again, word of mouth... if you are sure you can handle the responsibility, then absolutely go for it, but it is a TOUGH business. You must know your stuff backwards and forwards, or you will get "outed" darn quick.
5) Upkeep of your certification - in Canada, at least, you must do X things in a year to keep your coaching certification valid. You must attend X number of clinics per year ($$), you must attend X number of lectures, etc etc.
6) Coaching is fun, but it is also very hard on you. You will get kids that cry at the slightest shake. You will get kids that fall off. It can be tough at times. I miss teaching dearly most of the time, but I also recall being at my wits' end a number of times. You will have to deal with a lot of chiding. You will have to deal with criticism. You will have to deal with parents wondering why little Suzie isn't doing as well as the other kids.

It's a tough business, very rewarding, but very tough.


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Yeah.
I am very good at making good impressions I am very good with children as well. So taking care of children who cry or who fall off I will make sure of. I know I am making suree I am liable and everything there is no doubt about that I will never teach until I am liable. I am sure I can handle the responsibilty to do this.

ITS BEEN MY DREAM EVER SINCE I WAS 7 YEARS OLD. I know I can do it.

I have pretty good background. Both Coaches I have been coached under has competed and rode with sevrel riders from the Olympic team. We have people who come to do clinics at our barn. If we ever have any kind of clinic I am doing it.

I haven't competed very much but I plan to start competing a lot more now because once I get a horse I will be competing a lot.


Thanks for the advice JustDressageit.

I do appreciate the advice.

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Life is just a compilation of lessons learned, mistakes being made, experiences gained and having fun while doing it. You'll be fine. :)

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Life is just a compilation of lessons learned, mistakes being made, experiences gained and having fun while doing it. You'll be fine. :)

Thanks :)

Its soo much fun being with kids that's all I want to do is ride teach others how to ride.

I was offered to teach someones daughteer to ride
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Thanks :)

Its soo much fun being with kids that's all I want to do is ride teach others how to ride.

I was offered to teach someones daughteer to ride
Please wait until you have the proper facilities, and have liability coverage.


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Please wait until you have the proper facilities, and have liability coverage.
That is what I am planning on doing :)
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