I am planning on auditing at least one day of every Jeremy Steinberg clinic in the area, and I'm (hopefully) going to the Alfredo Hernandez clinic in a few weeks.
I am afraid of sounding like a zealot when I encourage people to see Jeremy Steinberg every chance they get! Sounds like you already know he's great.
I get sick of trainers having every rider do the same thing or trying to squish every horse into the same identical program. It's refreshing to go to one of Jeremy's clinics and listen to different advice for each horse, along with explanations of why what he's saying for that specific horse is what will work. The emphasis on teaching, rather than directing, is something for which few people have such talent.
My horse is a dressage diva so I don't have to be.
Originally Posted by katarine
If you have a fat gay horse that likes Parelli, you're really screwed
I thinking about taking my gelding (Friday) to do groundwork with Alfredo. I was going to audit, but my trainer suggested taking my Friday out. I'm not sure I'm comfortable enough with where we are under saddle to ride in a clinic, but he long lines like a dream (and is beyond forgiving while trying his heart out), and I'd love to learn some new skills in long lining to break things up.
Mare is now lunging with a saddle. She didn't even react to adding the saddle to her routine. Ground manners are now installed (although we do still have occasional green horse moments, such as tractors). We're looking at getting her a stall at a couple shows this summer, just to give her a chance to look it over and get a feel for the environment. One of the local shows has some draft/draft cross halter classes, so once she has the environment figured out we'll try those.
Mare is getting started under saddle next month. I am having a really hard time believing that we've finally got her solid on the ground. The BO added a turnout, so she's on a regular turnout rotation, and that has made a world of difference.
I do have a question, though. How on earth do you get to where you can ignore the DQ's? I know that there are a lot of great people in dressage, but holy crap, I'm done with hearing about how showing in a colored coat indicates that I'm more worried about fashion than my ride and that I shouldn't bother compete on the Arab circuit just for meaningless ribbons (including commentary about the Arab circuit being the white trash circuit). I was absolutely speechless. Add in comments about the disciplines my husband and kid favor, and I'm ready to take a dressage whip to the tushes of some DQs, while holding a dressage foam finger in the other hand.
Yes, I like ribbons. Yup, if I can find a way to do it, I'm rocking a colored coat with gray breeches. My husband wants a reiner or cutter. My oldest son wants a saddleseat horse. My youngest wants a western pleasure horse (complete with long tail). GET OVER IT. I'm just happy that my family can all enjoy horses, even if everyone has different tastes in what they want to do. The breed circuit is a way we can all show together. What is there to criticize about that? Oh, and the Arab show crew at this barn utterly ROCKS.
I'm trying to ignore the DQ's, and be courteous if I can't politely ignore them, but I am about ready to light off on some of them. It really is the bad few who spoil it for a lot of people.
It's kind of hilarious really... here in Utah I could probably count on my fingers the number of people who actually have the dressage chops to legitimately express an opinion on what anyone else chooses to do (and I am most decidedly not one of them!)--and they tend to be the ones who don't.
So I would just give them an amused look and move on...
I have to laugh about the remarks made to you about the Arab circuit. I don't know where you live, but in my part of the country, those Arab shows are really competitive.
What you don't have at an Arab show (usually) is someone in the warm-up area that thinks they are the only person in the ring. Add to that, these open dressage folk who think that anything going on around them while they are riding a test, is an excuse as to why they could not get their horse past the flowers. I'd like to see a few of them ride a hunter class with 20+ horses doing the hand gallop. That would put some hair on their chests! Those Arab dressage horses are frequently cross-entered in hunter or show hack. Can you see some of these open dressage horses doing all that?
Most dressagies around here are nice. There are a few snobbies. I did have some weird looks taking my Morgan appendix cross to a t rated show but when he did well and beat some of them I started getting oh he is so pretty and is so nice. Lol. I'm going to love to see the looks when I take my stocky apha to usdf shows lol. Should get some good looks but when he moves he believes he is a mini warmblood lol.
Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole
Honestly, you can go to a dressage show in Utah and see every breed, shape and size of horse, with their owners all having a good time and supporting each other--I've really never encountered any breed snobbery, and I ride a very unconventional horse.
Our dressage group ran our first recognised show yesterday--we had 69 rides in total, running the full gamut from intro to GP, with entirely respectable scores, and I'd say there were fewer warmbloods than assorted stock horse breeds, TBs, ponies, and some very nice Arabs qualifying for Arabian Sport Horse Nationals (which will be just up the road in Boise this September.)
So, come join the fun, we'll be happy to welcome you.