Loosie-I appreciate that you're not into competition. I really do get that. And I also respect your diplomatic approach to discussing these subjects. Always see both sides.
Things may be different in Australia. But here the NH clinicians can't keep from making cute comments about traditional training. They make it seem like some horrible cruel torture system. In truth, the good hands I know (and I try to do the same), use very easy to understand pressure and release techniques and are just as easy with a horse as the NH people.
So that's why I would like to see these clinicians put their money where their mouth is and enter up in the event of their choice. Reining, cutting, reined cowhorse. Show those guys how its done. Most wont, too much on the line and they wouldn't be able to preach to their followers how much better they are if they get beat.
As far as the shoeing comment, I never "preach shoes as the be-all and discount every conceivable con". I've even said some of mine are barefoot. (Right now only one is shod) I've also said that roughly half my work was shoeing, the other half trimming. So if that was aimed at me, you might be twisting things a little