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  • Lesson with Don Sachey: Opinions?

    I have an opportunity to lesson with Don Sachey and was wondering what people thought of his instruction techniques and general riding philosophy?
    Pacific Coast Eventing
    Standing Yeager GF

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    My first clinic, when I was a pretty green rider and had only been jumping a few months (eeek). He was great! I did things I didn't know I could do. I enjoyed it, learned good stuff, and it was a nice mix of tough and positive. (riding in the BN group)
    I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
    I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09

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    • #3
      I really enjoyed riding with Don. He is a classically good horseman who focuses on good basic riding.

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      • #4
        I enjoyed a clinic that I took with him. Still remember a quote from that clinic and it was almost 2 year ago:

        "Mistakes are the tuition for success."

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        • #5
          Rode with him for many years and can't recommend him highly enough. Very classical and an excellent communicator. And he never hesitated to hop on a horse and demonstrate what he wanted.

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          • #6
            Take it!

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            • #7
              what everyone has said

              I have ridden with him a few times and every time was glad I had. A gifted teacher.
              A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.--G. K. Chesterton

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              • #8
                Excellent Mentor

                I rode with Don for many years- close to a decade. He is superb at excellent communication and reading what each rider/horse needs to best learn. He was a kind, thoughtful, encouraging mentor for me. I was quite quiet and shy as a newbie and he brought my horse and me up through the levels to UL.

                He was The Woff's first working student and went on to be a gold medalist at the 1974 World Championships at Burghley. There is an incredible photo of him in Jimmy's book. It is HUGE drop, and the horse is flying out into space. Don was riding Plain Sailing, a notorious puller, who took the bit and ran, like Murphy Himself. The harmony, along with the safety seat and leg is amazing. What doesn't show is that Don was riding with a broken thumb, and had his thumb taped to the reins, since it was so hard to close his hand.

                I would love to ride with him again. Where is he based now?
                Intermediate Riding Skills

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                • #9
                  Another thumbs up. Very positive yet has good exercises to challenge.

                  Do it!!
                  APPSOLUTE CHOCKLATE - Photo by Kathy Colman

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                  • #10
                    Don is great.

                    I will say - to keep in mind for all clinics you may be interested in - be mindful of the # of students per group. It's a shame when these guys are juggling 6+ students with obvious time constraints. If it works for you, great, but be sure to ask to clinic host.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by goodmorning View Post
                      Don is great.

                      I will say - to keep in mind for all clinics you may be interested in - be mindful of the # of students per group. It's a shame when these guys are juggling 6+ students with obvious time constraints. If it works for you, great, but be sure to ask to clinic host.


                      Yup! I believe in watch listen and learn, but for me, I do better "by doing". It is how I am hard wired. I am not a big fan of group lessons for this reason.

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                      • #12
                        I've ridden in a few clinics with Don, and each time I added invaluable tools to my toolbox and walked off the x-c course on air. Haven't ridden with him in 3 years (since I had my daughter and moved across country), but I would (literally) JUMP at the chance to ride with him again. Please go and HAVE FUN!
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                        • #13
                          please print out this thread and show it to him

                          He should see it. He has helped many riders.
                          A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.--G. K. Chesterton

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                          • #14
                            oh I had a fun time with Don too!

                            We did soemething weird with me...if I remember correctly...

                            I did the first day with my group and he wanted to have a fun time with my horse so the 2nd day he did a private with me.

                            Jim Graham did the same sort of work with me that Don did.
                            I liked them both.

                            BOTH clinicians took me aside the 2nd day and worked me privatly.
                            If they had not, I'm not sure my reveiw would have been the same because I would not have accomplished as much.

                            sigh. Those nice horses spoil a rider.
                            http://kaboomeventing.com/
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                            Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!

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                              #15
                              This would actually be a lesson situation, not a clinic, so I will be able to have a private lesson. He in based in Santa Barbara now and comes to the farm I just moved to every month or so since it is only a little over an hour away from him.

                              Has anyone ridden with him for dressage specifically?
                              Pacific Coast Eventing
                              Standing Yeager GF

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by SuZQuzie View Post
                                This would actually be a lesson situation, not a clinic, so I will be able to have a private lesson. He in based in Santa Barbara now and comes to the farm I just moved to every month or so since it is only a little over an hour away from him.

                                Has anyone ridden with him for dressage specifically?


                                Not only a good thing to private lesson with Don...but also to live near Santa Barbara!!!!

                                You will NOT be disappointed by him! He is the most under used clinician in the country!

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                                • #17
                                  Don Sachey

                                  He is a wonderful trainer! If you are that close to him, in that area, he is absolutely the one to ride with. Don is a true horsemen and just all around great at all phases. Can't say enough good things about him!
                                  http://www.three-dayfarm.com

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                                  • #18
                                    He came and taught at my 2nd event camp last year. I really liked him and found if someone wanted to learn he put 100% into it and made improvements in those folks & horses. I would think a lesson situation would be even more helpful. And on top of that, he is truly a gentleman and has a fun sense of humor.

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                                    • #19
                                      sent you a p.m.
                                      Intermediate Riding Skills

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                                        #20
                                        Thank you all! I am getting pretty stoked about this now.
                                        Pacific Coast Eventing
                                        Standing Yeager GF

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