Still, prior to his engagement, he did a clinic here in the US and a number of the local DQ's rode with him. Surprisingly, they seemed under-whelmed. All of these gals show actively and winning is important and I'm not sure how much (if any)this has to do with it, but my friend is struggling to find enough riders to make the summer clinic a "go."
To be honest, I haven't really discussed the reasons at length with any of them. I don't always agree with them anyway as to what constitutes the kind of riding we should aspire to and neither does my friend, but from looking at the videos, I like what I see in Julio.
But good riding is not good teaching and I think one of the needed attributes of a "Master" is teaching ability. He/she need to have the talent to ride AND the talent to lead the way to others. A good Master will (eventually) have better students.
So maybe he's not a great teacher? And if he came on to all these independant American gals with the swagger one might expect from a seriously handsome Latino gentleman...well, I could see where they would bust him for that.
I can't ride in the clinic but I would sure love to audit it if it happens. This area is tough for clinicians, because it's so rural.
And here's a tidbit of info that I did not know: "Julio" is pronounced "Who-lee-o" here; the "j" is an "h". But apparently this is not the case in Portuguese. It is pronounced as a "j". My friend says Julio gets very irritated being called Hulio.
Anyway, he seems to be a very elegant young rider from the videos and certainly has the pedigree. AND he IS very cute; never a bad thing. My friend (a straight male incidentally) treated himself to 2 weeks in Portugal riding at his school and just loved it.