Originally Posted by nrhareiner
Are the 2 westfall hands down.
Comprehensive they make sense it easy to follow of horses she uses are not push button she goes to how to do each thing with several horses. Her methods are very well proven. Not just because she said so but because she has proven mathods in the
Show ring. Can not say the same for PP.
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While I am not into showing or competing (I'm just a recreational trail rider for the moment), I really agree with the importance of a trainer (whether it's foundation training, or for a specific discipline) having some credentials beyond just being an "expert" within the program they've created.
They're not afraid to put themselves "out there" against others, to really test the abilities of themselves and the horses they have trained. I've read negative comments from Parelli and his followers about people who show/compete, and accuse "show people" of just chasing after points and ribbons.
That may be true of some, but others actually are out there to make their personal-bests whether or not they "win" anything. Maybe the goal is to complete a jumper course with zero faults, or get a good score in reining or dressage, or complete an endurance ride, or just to have a noticeable improvement in the performance of your horse.
The ironic thing is that so many of the NH programs out there have their own "levels" and some of the participants get just as snotty about being at a certain level, or gawking at someone who has reached a higher level. The "levels" of any one trainers program only mean something to the people who participate in that trainer's program, because it's only based on the standards of that program and you can more or less buy your way into it.
Showing/competing is not only about ribbons and being the best. It's a great opportunity to see how you're really doing, to measure your progress, and to watch other riders and horses that you might otherwise never get to see. SW has done that, she has proven her ability against other riders and trainers. She may not always win her classes, but at least she is out there putting her abilities to the test.