My favorite trainers are by far the "small town" trainers, that aren't worldknown. My favortie trainer, that inspired me the most and really taught me what others couldn't was a trainer out of Hudsonville, MI named Jennifer Loan. She is now out of Florida, but she was my best traine. I like it alot better when you are learning one on one, and have the chance to get to know the trainer, and have them know your horse.
My favorite US train is Doug Payne, and eventing trainer. I love how he rides his horses, and how simple he makes it look.
And my favorite international trainer probably would be Clinton Anderson, if I had to chose since I use Parelli, CA and Stacy Westfall methods combined
The 'trainers' I've learned the most from would be the old PFRA pasture riders. The one that shod our horses for our long ride, helped us break in two colts. Just plain and simple do your ground work, check out the hind quarters, forequarters... run them around with the saddle, throw someone on (this horse had been taught ground work before), and run them around the pen. If you don't canter, you're stealing a ride. The horse hasn't had a first ride until you canter them. It works, no nonsense, no lovey-dovey, no talking forever... He taught us by showing us... not by talking to us.
The other guy lives up by my parents, I don't know him all that well, but I would love to sit down with him and talk. He has one arm, the other ends above his elbow. He rode/rides for the PFRA pasture for years. Broke in colts, roped, doctored, etc. He's stopped and talked to me when I was riding home from town (10 miles from my home) once. In just 15 minutes of surface talk, I was inspired. I am so going to sit down and talk to him sometime when I am home visiting. Also one of my old bosses was a PFRA rider for a couple years. I talked to him a couple times about training. He would give me a couple tips here and there. He seemed to have bit of a temper with cows, but he had well trained horses that weren't scared of him, so I do value his advice.
Those are my favorite 'trainers'... Clifford, Roland, and Sam. Everyday people... everyday lives... Friends....
My coach would be a favourite. She's helped me take my hot headed OTT TB mare from a paddock puff to happy at Medium dressage, training advanced. I would never have gotten her to such a level by myself.
The only other trainer I have first hand experience with that I like is Steve Brady. Very nice bloke, and has a great sense of timing and feel.
Funny, I was thinking this week about what I would do if my ship came in, and I thought I'd sign up for those 2-3 week clinics that the tv trainers all advertise.
I figured that I hit them all. Not expecting to learn everything bc I have trained horses before, but I figured that I'd have an open mind and be willing to try their suggestions.
Here are they ones I would sign up in the order of personal preferece. Ken McNabb
He works with beginners but I have heard of horse trainers that attend them, too, and he doesn't make a big deal out of his training methods, but I like the horses he trains. Plus he could teach me some basics in herding cattle. Dennis Reis
He always maintains his composure on his programs. I share his distaste for the poor training of horses that have been frightened unnecessarily in their training, and I also like his hands on methods. Craig Cameron
He takes a LOT of beginners in his seminars. Maybe I'd drop my stirrups and go through his lessons? But, I'll spend time with ANY trainer who turns out horses as good as his. Clinton Anderson
He showed up in the US at just the right time. Sometimes I feel like he makes his method fit every horse, like Obamacare, but MAN, I'd LOVE to work my horses on his "playground/obstacle course."