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        03-13-2013, 10:20 PM
      #11
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    OP, keep in mind that, while she may endorse the products, that doesn't mean that she uses them. If they aren't good quality, then that is the fault of the maker, not her. If putting her name on something in order to get money for her endorsement makes her a fraud, then so is nearly every sports star, race car driver, and rodeo rider.

    Also, people in her position meet hundreds or thousands of people at every event that think themselves her best friend because they maybe exchanged a "hi" 2-3+ years ago...if that. They have to learn to be curteous without being overly friendly as to keep the lines moving and to keep from being over-whelmed.

    We were literally the only people at her stand, with barely anyone else at other stands. At that time I must have been 8 or 9, so in that perspective I was just heartbroken. The one reason I was real excited for the trip is to meet her. Like literally I remember being scared of walking up to her for a picture, and I had this huge grin on my face
         
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        03-13-2013, 10:25 PM
      #12
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    Originally Posted by KylieHuitema    
    Okay, this lady was my hero after I seen you winning run bareback and bridleless on Roxy several years ago. My thoughts have changed drastically. I went to Quarterfest and she was a clinician there. I was SO excited to meet her, and I was expecting to have a conversation with her, and was super nervous. First we went up and asked to take a picture with her and she said yep and we got that. And that whole experience was over. My heart literally shattered. All she was doing was trying to sell her merchandise and standed there.

    Also, I bought one of her awesome halters. It broke as soon as my horse went swimming in it. (Knot untied). I bought her ball. It deflates within a day. I am extremely disappointed. I feel like she was a fraud all along ): your thoughts?

    Or to put it another way:

    You went to a clinic of hers, and afterwards were lucky enough that she stayed behind to meet fans. Even better, she took the time to have a smiley picture taken with you despite the fact that she'd been working xx hours that day and EVERYONE wanted a chat and a picture.

    The price of the clinic was lower than it might have been because she's organised some clever sponsorship deal with tack manufacturers to supplement her income. If she hadn't done that, your ticket price would have been double.

    Unfortunately, the two items you bought were below par. Luckily, you kept the receipts and can contact the manufacturers.
         
        03-13-2013, 10:48 PM
      #13
    Banned
    It's hard when you are young and you have adoration for someone and feel that particular someone just stepped all over you. I had a similar experience once. Well not me but a friend of mine did. She loved Barry Manilow. Okay so yeah I'm old and yeah I actually paid to see him. Go figure. Anyway she had won back stage passes to get her pic taken and meet him and he treated her like garbage. Was worried about his chicken dinner or some such thing as I recall. She was crushed. Man I can't believe I admitted to going to this concert in public. *sighs*

    It happens. They are there to do a job and worrying about how someone feels isn't on the top of their list. It isn't that they aren't nice people (well okay, I'm sure some are not). It isn't that they don't do their job well. It's just the lifestyle and what they have to do. Her training is still very good. She still knows her stuff. Her products are not hers and that's been addressed. Now it's time to just move on and realize that this stuff happens.
         
        03-13-2013, 11:29 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I rode in a demonstration with her once and she didn't remember me three days later. It's not personal, its just her life. She meets a hundreds if not thousands of people at each event so it is a little disheartening but that's life.
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        03-13-2013, 11:37 PM
      #15
    Trained
    It really is the way it is. I drove Tony Braxton's bus for 6 months. I would lay good money she doesn't remember me. Same with the vast majority of other people I have diven for. Heck some I don't even remember. That is really just how life goes at times.
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        03-14-2013, 12:55 AM
      #16
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by palogal    
    They have to eat too :) CA stuff is actually really high quality. The halters anyway. Not that I would buy one, I can make my own that do just fine.
    I looooove my CA mecate reins I bought at a thing he put on last year. It was not a clinic, more like a show, and of course he was selling a ton of products, but **** those are nice reins. Great feel, good quality, wish I had bought some years ago. My friend belongs to the No Worries club so she used her discount so I got them for a pretty good price.
         
        03-14-2013, 06:49 AM
      #17
    Trained
    So what year was this in? You called her years ago? Did you specifically call the number on her site about her products being less than you expected? That is what you need to do, but it may be to late now, I have a feeling this was a while ago.
         
        03-14-2013, 01:32 PM
      #18
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by franknbeans    
    So what year was this in? You called her years ago? Did you specifically call the number on her site about her products being less than you expected? That is what you need to do, but it may be to late now, I have a feeling this was a while ago.


    I emailed the email it said if you have problems with your stuff, etc etc. I checked my email daily for months until I finally gave up. For the halter I am going to a local tack shop so they can figure out the knot problem. As for the ball, I will buy garage sale ones for now on, which are sadly more reliable.
         
        03-14-2013, 04:39 PM
      #19
    Started
    You need to let this go. She doesn't owe you anything. You should be happy she agreed to a picture. You're not entitled to spend hours and continuous conversation with her even if you're the only one at her stand. I'm sure she has a lot on her plate, more then you could ever imagine. Would it have been nice to spend some time with her? Sure, but for all she knows you could be some psycho fan. Just saying...

    As far as the products you bought, contact the supplier, or the company who made it, not her.
         
        03-14-2013, 08:18 PM
      #20
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by wetrain17    
    You need to let this go. She doesn't owe you anything. You should be happy she agreed to a picture. You're not entitled to spend hours and continuous conversation with her even if you're the only one at her stand. I'm sure she has a lot on her plate, more then you could ever imagine. Would it have been nice to spend some time with her? Sure, but for all she knows you could be some psycho fan. Just saying...

    As far as the products you bought, contact the supplier, or the company who made it, not her.
    Who says I haven't let it go? I was just asking people's opinions on her as I have seen countless posts about Clinton Anderson, Pat and Linda, etcetc. As for the products, the ball is in the trash for who knows how long, and the halter is in A box of stuff that needs to be out of the way.

    I'm just glad I didn't ever attend the clinics with her. Literally, I didn't see her smile once. I remember her watching reining patterns with her head rested on her hand with that look that she wasn't enjoying her job at all. All I am taking from the experience is "wow, I met one of the amazing natural horsemanship trainers" and leave it at that.
         

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