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    Default Clinic -Trip Harting "S" judge

    I have the opportunity to ride in a an upcoming clinic with Trip Harting - does anyone know of him? I know he was in CA as well as OH. Thanks



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    Don't waste your time or money. JMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastian View Post
    Don't waste your time or money. JMHO.
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    I've actually heard that phrase regarding that person more often than I care to remember.



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    I've had him as a judge, and his word choice (for comments) was considerably less positive than the other judges that weekend.
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    Trip Harting's father, Stretch Harting, had the Potomac Horse Center here in Maryland back in the sixties, I think. I believe it was Mr. Harting (elder) who brought Nuno Oliveira to Maryland back then. That was where the Potomac Valley Dressage Association sort of got started.

    Trip seems to be a dog lover, and it looks like they are making a documentary about his life--here's a blog:

    http://triphartingsblog.blogspot.com...&max-results=9



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    A a past show manager, and as a rider, I like Tripp.

    For my rides, he was a great judge, with many positive and constructive comments.

    And he thanks each rider at the end of the test.


    As a manager, he was very easy to work with, fun, riders were pleased, and I'd hire him again, if I were still managing shows.
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    Speak of the devil - I just sat in a workshop of his at the USPC National Meeting yesterday. The talk was called "A View from C" and it was 1 & 1/2 hours long.

    I'm not sure how it would pertain to a clinic situation, but if riding in a class that he was judging, it is clear that accurate geometry is WAY high on his importance list. Only in dressage can 10-15 minutes be devoted to describing what a 20 meter circle should be shaped like!

    From his talk yesterday, he clearly gave the impression that he is very empathetic to the horse, and does not tolerate riders who ride roughly or inconsiderately of their horse. He actually teared up at one point, while talking about riders who blame their horse when things aren't going just right, instead of realizing that they (the riders) are usually a large part of the problem.



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    Please contact me personally about this.



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    He gives help to our local Pony Club dressage riders, so somewhere in there he has a heart. I've never found that heart in my rides with him judging. He was very demoralizing and I would not ever show under him again. My life is too short to get his variety of "constuctive criticism". His Pony Club riders have left in tears.
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    Phyllis Fields brought N.O. to PHC, and built St Aggies for him to teach in (the small indoor).
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    I've shown under him a few times and found him to be pretty right on as a judge, but he'll crucify you if you can't ride. He's pretty showy and for the money you can find someone else who would help you just as much if not more.
    Last edited by Dune; Jan. 27, 2008 at 07:30 PM.



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    I always thought he was tough but fair. If sometimes he gives negative comments maybe it is worth working on those points. He is an S judge.

    The documentary is about a specific period of time in his life, not the whole thing. i' don't think it's about horses.
    Last edited by slc2; Jan. 27, 2008 at 02:28 PM.



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    I have no idea what he'd be like as a clinician, but I loved him as a judge. But I may be prejudiced. Won a 20+ horse first-level open class at the Del Mar Dressage show under him. As an amateur on a TB.

    I've always found him funny in person, but I can see that his sense of humor might be too acerbic for some. He wrote an article on attire for the CDS publication years ago that contained the following (paraphrasing): On the subject of spur straps and bra straps, neither should be flapping. If the judge nods his head throughout your entire ride, check the latter.



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    Galopp, I know that Phyllis Field (no "s"--as in Marshall Field--a dept store empire in Chicago) did it--my teacher Jean Paul Pare was there at PHC as a student then, and knew Phyllis and Bettina, was also in Portugal with the three of them, but I thought Stretch Harding owned the Potomac Horse Center then. That's why I said that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peggy View Post
    I've always found him funny in person, but I can see that his sense of humor might be too acerbic for some. He wrote an article on attire for the CDS publication years ago that contained the following (paraphrasing): On the subject of spur straps and bra straps, neither should be flapping. If the judge nods his head throughout your entire ride, check the latter.
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    I know lots of people who love him.

    I however, ended up with a jumping lesson instead of a dressage lesson, and didn't have a very positive experience. But that's what the rest of my group wanted to do.
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    I rode with him in a clinic a couple of years ago and had a great ride. His focus on what we needed to work on was right on (at least it matched what everyone else has on working on!).

    He provided some very helpful tips and thoughts for presenting our best features and minimizing our problem areas during a test.

    He was looking for an active, balanced and soft horse and overall was quite helpful. I would happily clinic with him again.

    MD

    PS And he wasn't breed snobby about my QH.



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    it's been my experience that those who have suffered a near-death experience come back a little sharper, with a little less patience, and don't 'suffer fools gladly'. Trip had a very serious illness a while ago, (heart attack? I'm not sure but something surprising for such a young man). I don't know him very well, but seen him in action and think he's very funny and means well. So why not cut the man some slack jack? It's not as if he's crawling into bed with the Parellis



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    And the porn name for that movie would be?



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    Linda and Pat Go Trippin'

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