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    02-22-2013, 08:57 PM
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Clinic's vs Shows, what do you pefer?

Just am wondering what you all perfer. CLINIC or SHOW?

I decided instead of diving right into the show stuff with Oliver this season I would put my money into clinics with as many trainers as I can that I see fit for Oliver and I.

This way we can really work on so many things, fine tune and "perfect" as much of all that we do before going into the hsow atmostphere.

We just completed our first BIG 2 day/overnight clinic and with the way he handled it combined with his faboulus work ethic I feel this was the right decision for the both of us.

So far I am signed up (dont know the dates yet LOL) for three two day clinics on island with the ownderful Charlie. Then another overnight two day clinic in PAril with the gal we just had our first clinic of the year with who I dearly love nad is great to work with.

Also hoping to get in a couple Jump lessons going soon.

So what do you pefer? What is eaiser for your location?
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    02-22-2013, 09:10 PM
Much prefer clinics. Shows I use purely to test my training, I'm not interested in being the best competitor, I just want to know that the judge is seeing what I'm feeling.

I only compete occasionally - when I feel that my horse is going really well and made big improvements at home, then I go out to test it.
Clinics are a wonderful opportunity to learn more 'tools' from a fresh perspective. Particularly when you start riding with interstate and international coaches and riders, you are able to gain a perspective outside of your little 'me, horse, regular coach' triangle.
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    02-22-2013, 09:14 PM
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Yes! Both clincains I am riding iwth this year are bronze and gold medalists (spelling, tired!) LOL Beth AndersonNess is also a judge :) Its great hearing what she would score us with when she thinks we are where we should be! I am hoping to get into a lesson or two with Todd Terwin this year too!
    02-22-2013, 09:18 PM
Judges are very good because as well as your 'normal' lesson you get to pick their brains about what they are looking for in a test ride.
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    02-22-2013, 09:31 PM
I like clinics because in a clinic, I get instant feedback when I'm in the moment. While reading the judge's comments after the fact is also useful, it's not always useful (depends on how much the judge writes and how detailed they get) and certainly not nearly as specific as one-on-one help from a clinician or trainer.
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    02-22-2013, 09:37 PM
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DancingArabians- good poi9nt for sure! Beth ANdersonNess, who I just cliniced with also does ride and reviews. I have yet to do this with her but would like to! You ride your test like in a show and she scores you and all of that but after you get an hour lesson to work on everything in the test she feels needs attention. I Think is more helpful then any show!

Id like to think I am not the type of person who is all about the ribbions. I don't thik I am since I love the feed back and working on getting stronger at key things but somthing about the show atmosphere gets to me and gives me that drive...
    02-22-2013, 09:38 PM
I like both because clinics are for learning new skills and developing what you know already.. and shows are gauging your skill level or knowledge of the horse :)
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    02-22-2013, 11:29 PM
I prefer shows. I've been to a lot of clinics where the other participants were the worst snobby, whiney, show-offs that ever walked the land. At least at a show I don't have to put up with a clinician focusing all their time on these people, probably because I actually do my homework before going to a clinic. I generally get pushed to the side because my horse isn't a homicidal maniac. At least, that's how the western-oriented or natural horsemanship clinics in our area go.

Showing is like "me time". Once I get into the groove, I really like the personal time to myself and my horse. And when your in upper level shows you get to be around other people who are really professional, and their horses who are well-trained. The atmosphere is very "zen" and you don't have to worry about getting mauled by someone's rank animal they pulled out of the pasture and decided to try and do a clinic with.

But, I digress, haha.
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    02-23-2013, 06:51 AM
Ovo - are you talking clinics where you are put in with a bunch of other people? If that's the case it would drive me crazy.
I attend clinics where you get your 45 minute lesson one on one with the coach. I have found these to be highly beneficial to sit and watch the other lessons too, and people ask questions and throw ideas around - a wonderful learning opportunity.
Competitions have always been the breeding ground for snobbery around here, though I don't tend to go to clinics arranged by 'the group' ;)
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    02-23-2013, 09:29 AM
Due to my location I would have t say shows. I have to travel WAAY too far to find clinics but I would LOVE to go to some if it were pheasable.

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