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    03-26-2009, 08:34 PM
Just had an idea-- Have you tried to look for her on youtube? I am sure that she has videos of clinics!!
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    03-30-2009, 06:50 PM

Originally Posted by jchunterjumper    
wow, you are so lucky. Kinda going off on a tangent--I was looking into applying, but thought that it was unfair for 2 reasons. One is that the closest program was very far away (OK, that isnt anyones fault), But the other reason was that there was no way that I could get in because my horse and I don't go to many recognized shows (like AA). My horse is good enough, I just don't have the money (Parents bought expensive horse, daughter has to pay for shows! Grrrr) I know that I have way more heart and soul than many of my friends that show all year on the A curcuit. I just don't think that they really are funair in their selecting process. Nothing personal at all!!! ANYWAYS way to go! And no, I have never trained with her, but I am sure that it will be an amazing experience, I am super jelous!

Yeah I don't go to many recognized shows either. I showed in 3 'A'/'AA' rated shows last year and the rest were 'C' or schooling shows, but that's what they were looking for. I could only show if I won enough money to pay for the show, and I had local sponsors for one of the shows. The program was looking for riders like you and me where we have the heart to do it and we want to do it, but we can't compete at what we want to on a regular basis. I know what you are feeling when you say you have more heart and soul than many other girls, cause that's exactly how I feel. I see girls that don't really want to ride showing in 'AAA' rated shows and they sit there and complain and sometimes they act like spoiled brats (not saying that everyone who shows in those are spoiled brats). But I know how you feel cause I ride up to 12 horses a day in the summer and putting my whole heart behind what I do, but yet I am not able to compete at where I want to. But anyways Thanks! I am soooo excited! I leave this friday...It's a 5-6 hour drive so its going to be pretty boring lol but I can't wait
    04-01-2009, 02:48 PM
I am really glad that you understand me, I was thinking that I was maybe being too mean, but I know that it isnt anything against you. I am also really happy that you wrote that because now I really want you to do good because I know how you feel. I really hope that you blow them away!!! Oh, by the way, are you at an intership or something? Where do you find 12 horses a day??
    04-01-2009, 09:03 PM
Yeah I completely understand where you are coming from. And thanks I hope I do well too! I'm sooo nervous but sooo excited at the same time! And no I'm not an intern but I board at a 32 horse boarding facility and I have 2 horses of my own, and if someone goes out of town I am asked to work their horse, plus I ride my trainer's horses...I've litterally been on every horse in my barn, but I learn something different from each horse, and I enjoy it (even when I get thrown) cause it makes me strive to be better.
    04-06-2009, 06:02 PM
Ok I just got back from the session today and it was absolutely AMAZING! I learned so much stuff! There are alot of good exercises too for any level and I am going to go through and cut clips of the videos and try to load them. For anyone who has a quick horse (to the fences) or a horse that is non reactive the aids, this will be perfect. She did a lot of incorporating latteral work into the jumping courses and she always wanted the horses to be focused and thinking like the rider! It was an amazing experience and I hope to get the videos up very soon!
    04-06-2009, 06:24 PM
Aww that is such a great oppurtunity- I'm glad you had a good time as well! Sounds so much fun & a good lesson!
    04-07-2009, 12:40 AM
Green Broke
Awesome!!! Please let us ride vicariously through you and tell us all of the little details of what you did and what she said! I so wish I was like 10 years younger....
    04-10-2009, 10:58 AM
I wish I wouldve read this in March, cause my barn has about 6 horses that show in AA shows, all 3'6" to 4'6" and I totally would've lent you one. You could've used our horse Tommy, he woul've loved it! Let me know if ya ever need a horse to borrow for a clinic again cause Tommy could use some experience with a better rider. And we only live about 4hr from Penn.
    04-12-2009, 06:03 PM
OMG I can't wait for the video clips! I am soo happy that you did good!
    04-17-2009, 06:55 PM

cool for you that you got into the EAP- me too!!! Im in zone 10 so mine is on May 16-17. Three people from my barn got it, I was stoked! So, how did the session go? Did you do mostly riding or, what else? They didnt give me a whole lot of details in the packet and I was just trying to find out more.

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