Who Is Your Favorite Clinician?
Who Is Your Favorite Clinician? And why?
Would be really interested in those that actually rode in clinic!
Who is your favorite clinician, and why?
I really can't contribute past that, since I've never been to any kind of clinic (except where I get flu shots and jazz, but somehow I don't think that counts).
Ooo sounds interesting :)
To ride with? Jil Walton (Barcelona Olympics, qualified for Rolex this year) and Buck Brannaman
I have two favorites, Buck Brannaman and John Moore. I rode in one of John Moores clinics and he was fantastic, I had the greenest horse and he spent lots of extra time afterwards help us through our issues, he changed my life that's for sure!
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Elizabeth Lewis, Olympic dressage rider.
She had this amazing clinic format.
At the begining of a weekend long clinic, she would come out and warm up her Grand Prix horse. She'd have a microphone on, and she'd narrate what she was doing in her warm up. "On a scale of 1 t0 10, this is a 5 half halt - now. This is a 6 - now." Usually the clinic would have a central theme or lesson plan, and she'd address that as she warmed up. At the end of the day of lessons, she'd get back on her Grand Prix horse and do another demonstration based on what issues had come up during the day with her students. Morning of the second day, same thing. At the end of the second day, she would do a complete warm up, as if she was competing, again miked, again explaining exactly what she was doing and why. Then she'd take off the mike, put on her shadbelly and top hat, cue the music and perform her Grand Prix freestyle.
All the more amazing because you had gained an appreciation for the nuances of her riding and her horse's performance over the course of the weekend.
I don't have a favorite "clinician."
What I mean is, I don't have an interest in the types of trainers who just go around and do "clinics" and push their training programs (and related merchandise) at every horse expo in the country.
The best clinic I ever rode in was done by three-time Olympian Michael Page, hosted by The University of Findlay (northwestern Ohio). In my case, it was because the clinic was a huge confidence boost. He had me doing courses and fence combinations that I might have never even tried on a "normal" lesson day with my regular trainer. Not to mention that the man is a class act; friendly, very easy to talk to and approachable, and a wealth of knowledge. . .with a great sense of humor, too.
One of my favorite clinics that I've attended was by Scot Hansen, it was a "Self Defense for Trail Riders" clinic. Not so much a focus on training the horse itself, but learning how to use the horse's size and movement to protect yourself if you're out on trail and someone tries to pull you out of the saddle.
I haven't been to an expo in a couple of years, but I've always preferred the types of clinicians there who specialize in a specific area (dressage, hunter/jumper, gaited horses, etc.). Even if it's not an area I'm specifically interested in, I get a much better appreciation for that particular discipline by seeing someone who actually knows something about it, teach it to others.
These are the trainers who go back to their own barns and still have client horses to train for an upcoming competition, or students to teach, horses to feed, and shows to prepare for.
This was mentioned a while back, but I do find it disappointing to attend some of the larger horse expos and go to see a clinic with a very successful, talented trainer of a specific discipline, and a very small audience. And it's not because those trainers have nothing worthwhile to share.
Then, the BNC shows up and it's a packed house of people watching what is basically a live commercial to promote their DVDs, books, and gadgets.:?
My vet. They had a great clinic on 'getting your first horse' that I took Mr. AB to. It was very informative and it allowed him to learn tons with out having to listen to his wife at all. So I say my vet is my favorite clinician.
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