I did one last year. It was fun. He's got a lot of great knowledge, although he has no patience for riders who are out of shape and riders should make sure they understand the exercise the first time around because he doesn't like to give instructions more than once.
I did two several years ago, and I found him to be an excellent instructor,
I did not find him to be impatient with riders, he spent a lot of individual time with folks that needed it. He was a great confidence builder.
Really loved them!.
"you can only ride the drama llama so hard before it decides to spit in your face." Caffeinated.
Great. Ralph really understands the horses and breaks it down for them. Very patient with them. I do agree that you should understand what you are supposed to do before you do it. He does not like explaining the exercise twice. Also, you should TRY to do what he asks . If you don't try , he is not very pleased.
I just had a clinic with him about 3 weeks ago. It was my first time riding with him. I was a little worried about it because of his reputation and it was a lot of money for me. I just started riding 2'6" last summer and I could not recommend him more. Loved him!
I am planning on scraping up the money to ride with him again this upcoming summer. You do have to go in and really pay attention, but I found him to be really fair. If you make a dumb mistake he is going to call you out on it and explain why. If you are really good, he is going tell you that too. I am the type that would rather have the correction than the good girl patronizing pat on the head. I am there to learn and cannot do that if I am not challenged.
What I loved the most about him is he was able to tailor each exercise to the individual horse and rider. In my group was a Pro on a green horse, a catch rider on a challenging horse and myself (green) on an experienced horse. He was able to help each of us in a different way over the exact same jumps. He has such an excellent eye. He was able to help me on something I was struggling with for the last 4 month and instantly gave me some other tools to help with my riding.
Hope this helps and let me know if you have any specific questions.
I did one clinic with him and it was by far the best on I had ever done. I now take lessons from him on a regular basis, he is the best person I have worked with. Really understands the horse and is there to totally build their confidence, as well as yours as a rider. His knowledge is amazing. Go for it!!
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Ralph is the best cross country instructor. He has become very much a thinking instructor. He looks at the horses reactions and seems to know just how far to push to get advancement, but not too far. He has helped me a lot. Highly recomend.