Trainers killing a sport? trainer wars? clannish behavior is is worth it?
So in Minnesota and my discipline.... one trainer had national statistic and the rest do not. What is important to you? To be honest I am new, I bought a horse and they said use Monty Bruce to train him. So that is what I did! Now WOW, he rides like no other and 31st in the national statistics...open level rider NRCHA. He is good and unbenounced to me I started with the "statistical" best in my area. Now to be honest he rides in Minnesota mainly and lives in Iowa. He trained my horses so well and being a six hour drive I did me and my horse an injustice. I switched to a new, closer, young very up and coming trainer who was a closer drive.
Now that said I like the young guy, his care, start, and opinions. We got to be friendly and I am a curious critter. He is friends with Monty Bruce (kudos!). We talked about the industry growth in our area. He talked about trainer wars and young trainers are needed to get new people showing. Point is this led to me saying... I said ya know Monty Bruce is the only trainer that ranks in the nation in our area. I said and HE took me and others as beginners because of open barn slots. How and what does that mean?
He blamed trainer wars and clannish beliefs. Well heck I am ninth in three years placings only showing twice.... HELLO new people needed in sport!!! To be honest when I went to the show... first question asked Monty or lance stall? Ahhhhh huh? Then only people who talked to me said what trainer barn? Then walked off.... after answered question. No one was super welcoming or friendly. (Add at time I had switched to pure rein neither new guy I use or Monty just super local guy who got my skills to par on Monty trained horse).
Everyone ignored me.... I took clinics from several... and floated to learn skills up my training and ability... and still stubborn as can be ignored all and showed. I will also keep showing and new young trainer has brightened my spirits as he really wants the sport to grow (helps him too). So does this trainer war problem hurt all? I think this young guy is on to something.
Personally the pure rein guy, best lesson giver I know, Monty holy molly can he ride and train, Lance (I took clinics)... best coach and clinic guy and a bit better at politics (president of NRCHA here), etc etc...
Trainers and beginners? Confusing posts but sum up question?
How do you feel trainer wars effect your business and if not a trainer... but a rider... what draws you in and what do you think about trainer wars and clannishness?
Last edited by tinyliny; 01-27-2014 at 04:18 AM.