Originally Posted by nrhareiner
If a trainer wants your money for a clinic they better be well proven in the show ring for what they are trying to teach you. It is just that simple. If they can not train a horse well enough to take it into a compitition and do well then they are not much of a trainer and you should not give your money to them.
I'm afraid that I can't have any confidence in someone who doesn't show a top example for their training and management skills. I have known retired trainers who were still proven by the performance of the people they teach and their reputation but way too many loud mouthed amateurs out there who talk the talk then collapse in a big messy heap when it comes to the real hands on stuff.
Takes a lot to impress me.