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post #1 of 42 Old 04-11-2011, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Dennis Reis

Dennis was in Pelzer, SC this past weekend and since I got free tickets and it was only ~10 minutes from my farm, I went with my wife and a few friends.

I'm not sure what I expected and although I've had horses for over 30 years, I've never been to a clinic. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the day. I found Dennis and his wife to be pleasant, personable, and certainly knowledgeable.

During one of the breaks, he spoke with us individually and answered any question asked without trying to sell one of his programs. The clinic was as entertaining as much as it was informative.

Bottom line is that I would go to another one of his if it comes around again.

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post #2 of 42 Old 04-11-2011, 02:47 PM
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That's really good IRH but just because somebody is selling something doesn't make them bad. We all need to make a living.
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post #3 of 42 Old 04-11-2011, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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I certainly don't begrudge him for selling his equipment or his training program since people have to make aliving. What I've heard about other clinicians is that if you ask them a question, they point you to one of their CDs to buy. Dennis answered the question and didn't try to push a product.

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Sounds like someone I'd be willing to go see, Iride.

I like it when a clinic isn't just one big, long infomercial for all the 'must have' crap the trainer's trying to push off on the horse owning public.

I go to clinics to learn, not to try and be sold stuff I don't want or need.

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post #5 of 42 Old 04-11-2011, 04:08 PM
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Well I have heard people say that and I have been to a few clinics and have never seen that. If you pay to attend a clinic then certainly the clinician should answer as best they can. What I do see at all these clinics are tables set up with all the items they sell.
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post #6 of 42 Old 04-11-2011, 04:32 PM
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Great to know, Iride! If I ever have the opportunity to attend one of his demos or clinics, I'll be sure to take advantage of it!

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post #7 of 42 Old 04-11-2011, 05:28 PM
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I love watching Dennis Reis on RFD. He's been in Alabama close to where my uncle lives a few times, but I've never gotten the chance to go see him. I would love to though. Great trainer and clinician! Glad y'all had a good time, IRH!

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post #8 of 42 Old 04-11-2011, 07:39 PM
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I've seen him twice and I really enjoyed his clinics. He has a much more practical background than the other clinicians. Compared to a Clinton Anderson production it was downright tame. Of all the big-name guys he is one of the few I like to listen to. His DVD's and such are quite expensive but I think it's as much to test the buyers resolve than to make great loads of money.

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Dennis Reis is definitely the biggest influence in my horsemanship! I've gotten really far in groundwork and liberty with my horse Zeke that I wouldn't have without him. His program is simple and to the point and just plain makes sense. There isn't a whole lot of flashy extras or ways to get confused in what to buy.

On a side note, his 6' balls are very hard to jump on and stay on when they bounce it, but that's how I won a free pair of wranglers! ;)
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post #10 of 42 Old 04-11-2011, 10:25 PM
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Its always great when you can find a trainer you really like! I've watched Dennis on RFDTV a few times and he seems pretty good. :) That's awesome you got free tickets!!

TheLovedOne, why do you always seem so negative in your posts?

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