Hi! I am new to the forum and just saw your post. There are a number of high caliber trainers in the MD/VA/NC (I-95) area. In MD, you have Bob Laporta and Romain Ampe (works at Bob's). In VA, there are Doug Minton, Debbie Bull (beginners only) and Kelly Creppel (beginners only). In NC, we have Arballo Reining Horses (Mark Arballo and Patrice Hohl); Duchesne Performance Horses (Lucas Duchesne); Jesse Chase Performance Horses (Jesse Chase); Mike McEntire, Danny Pelletier, Tania Nantais, Eric LaPorte; Double Run Farms (Peter De Freitas); and last but not least Sunny Pines Farm (Francois and Jonathan Gauthier). Mark, Mike and Francois are on the top 100 of NRHA winners. Patrice was NRHA Reserve World Champion for the past 2 years.
As to clinics, a new club, The Virginia Horseman was formed this past year and they sponsored some Jackpot Reining Shows which included a class for true, true beginners who don't even have to own a Reining horse to compete. They also had a clinic with Mark and Patrice at their show in Sept. Virginia Reining Horse Association also has an annual Rookie Day concurrent with their first show in March. Rookie Day gathers all the pros in the area and they deliver a 4 hour clinic to participants. There is a chance to compete against your fellow participants at the end of the clinic.
Links: Virginia Horseman - Event Calendar VRHA - Welcome
I started Reining about 3 years ago and never looked back. I am always eager to get new folks involved!!