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Okay, this lady was my hero after I seen you winning run bareback and bridleless on Roxy several years ago. My thoughts have changed drastically. I went to Quarterfest and she was a clinician there. I was SO excited to meet her, and I was expecting to have a conversation with her, and was super nervous. First we went up and asked to take a picture with her and she said yep and we got that. And that whole experience was over. My heart literally shattered. All she was doing was trying to sell her merchandise and standed there.
Also, I bought one of her awesome halters. It broke as soon as my horse went swimming in it. (Knot untied). I bought her ball. It deflates within a day. I am extremely disappointed. I feel like she was a fraud all along ): your thoughts?
She's most likely just like the rest of the 'big boys'. She was better before she was big :( It happens. Craig Cameron went the same way. I used to really like him until he became a salesman. Look up Buck Branaman. He doesn't have products to sell. Probably one of the only good ones left.
I know Stacy personally and have for years. She shows the same NRHA circuit I do and has for years.
I will pass on a secret I learned a long time ago when I worked in the music industry. These people are not your freinds. If they where freinds with every person they came into contact with they would have no personal life. This is her job. No different then any other profestional. There is just not enough time in the day to stand and chat with everyone. Just not posible.
Next to the stuff you bought. Stacy does not make that stuff. She simply puts her name on it. Most is made my Weaver leather. If you have a problem with the product contact Stacy through her web site and let her know or contact Weaver and tell them. Chances are they will make it right. Just like any business would.
It is not about you being her freind or her yours. It is about what info she has that has been proven to work that you can use. Take that use it if you can and go on.
That's what happens when one gets caught up in sponsorship. They build you a nice arena and then you have to sell their products. The sponsors don't care if you're dead on your feet from the flu, you gotta get out and perform, and sell.
And literally, she was doing nothing, other than just standing there looking around. All I wanted to do was share how much of an inspiration she was to me and how I followed her path and did bareback and bridleless.
Yeah, it seems like all big time trainers are like that. We get a monthly Clinton Anderson magazine on products he's selling. :b Why can't people care more about the actual training and not how much profit they can get?
They have to eat too :) CA stuff is actually really high quality. The halters anyway. Not that I would buy one, I can make my own that do just fine.
I was not there so I can not say why. I do know that she has always been nice to me over the years.
I have a few of her videos and they are what they are. Information given in a very straight forward way. I find them informative if not new. I do not buy products that anyone person endorses. Just not my thing.
As to why or why she did not talk to you? Again it might be my back ground as I have been around entertainers for so long. Most of them do not talk to people or interact with them for the most part. Mark Miller from Sawyer Brown just to run as fast as he could the other direction from fans. Again just too much going on. What you see is just a snap shot in time. So past that I can not say. Just might have been a bad day?
I'm SOOO glad I don't have to have a public life! I really like dogs. I like horses a lot. People? Hmmmm...not so much.
I'd also hate having my every bad day be publicized on the Internet! I have too many of them already. :wink:
OP, keep in mind that, while she may endorse the products, that doesn't mean that she uses them. If they aren't good quality, then that is the fault of the maker, not her. If putting her name on something in order to get money for her endorsement makes her a fraud, then so is nearly every sports star, race car driver, and rodeo rider.
Also, people in her position meet hundreds or thousands of people at every event that think themselves her best friend because they maybe exchanged a "hi" 2-3+ years ago...if that. They have to learn to be curteous without being overly friendly as to keep the lines moving and to keep from being over-whelmed.
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