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post #11 of 13 Old 10-10-2013, 06:42 PM
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As others have said, I can see it happening in certain circumstances, but not ones like this. Maybe if there was a deal with discounted training fees, on the understanding that they get a portion of the winnings, or if they're handling them or showing themselves. But if you're paying a handling fee, plus costs for them to come down, and you paid for all the training I think it's not at all reasonable.

I can see the benefit of doing it though, for both parties, as an incentive for trainers to be honest and really put the right amount of time in, and for them to get recognition for good work, but to me it really would have to be paired with discounted training or showing fees, and negotiated well in advance.
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post #12 of 13 Old 10-10-2013, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Ace80908 View Post
I get that she needs to make a living, but things like this is why I generally do things on my own... I think I am going to look at the calendar and work out exactly how many times he's gone over there, and determine the percentage of the time she's worked him. I would bet money it wont be more than ten percent. I go back for a lesson next Tuesday. I am going to sit her down and show her the numbers and tell her 10 percent of the trail class is what I consider fair, and if that isn't OK then I will do Worlds on my own. And that will be the end of my doing business with her. Hopefully it won't come to that but I refuse to be taken advantage of.
Sounds like a fair plan to me. If her normal practice was 50% then she should have made that clear up front. It sounds like nothing was discussed, so to me, you really don't owe her anything, but since it seems to be standard practice to give something, I think calculating how the percentage of work she did is the only fair way to come up with a number. Good luck!
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Thanks all - I have my next lesson next Tuesday so I'll let you know how it goes...

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