Well, I have stewed on this one all day, and I can't take it no more....sorry Fort Fireman I am going to derail your thread.
Doing clinics in Europe doesn't mean sh!t to me. When your handy with a horse and rope, put on a clinic in Winnemucca and see how many guys show up. And I don't mean town guys, I am talking good hands. That would be a sure tell if you have something to offer and not just talking out your ass. Unfortunately a pile of clinicians have found that wearing a wool vest, silk rag and flat hat riding a wade with tapaderos(in the summer) somehow makes you handy and desirable to the clinician followers. Anymore the real good guys I know of refuse to wear the "costume" just for that reason.
I am really getting burned out on clinicians, I tried to get on the band wagon, but I fell off.
What happened to the days if you wanted to learn about cowboying/bridle horses(or whatever you wanted to learn) you went and got a job doing it!
If you want it bad enough, you'll work for it. But now all you have to do is watch YouTube and pay some wash-out that didn't make a season on some outfit to teach you.
I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.