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  • favorite clinicians and why

    Who are your favorite clinicians? I'm show manager for our 2 clinics and event derbies this summer and would love some feedback. I'm mostly looking for a 2 day clinic in Sept. We've had amazing clinicians here, local and not. It will be for mostly lower level - some good riders on beg horses, and lots of bn/n, a few training level and maybe a couple prelim?

    We are closer to west coast than east. Some of the awesome talent we've been privvy to.

    Jon Holling
    Jon Elliott
    Ryan Brown
    Gary and Sara Mittleider
    Stephanie Goodman
    Amy Barrington
    Hope I'm not foretting anyone, but great people.

    Any suggestions?? Thanks.

  • #2
    Jim Graham - great explanations and eye. He was a big help for me learning the speeds on approach going cross country.

    Diana Rich - zeros in on your specific problem and gives you a catch phrase, so that you can remember it.

    Denny Emerson - because he is DENNY! (I was his demo for "the helicopter jump! )

    Jim Wofford - because he fixed me, which was our main problem anyway.
    When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


    • Original Poster

      Thanks, Auburn, are they all east coast, do you know?


      • #4
        Don Sachey is awesome. I've seen him fix some really scary riding and poor jumping/behavior with great explanations and examples, and very thoughtful exercises. Super, super nice guy, too. He's in Central California.

        Brian Sabo is also great. He makes you think and understand what you are doing and why, and is coach to most of the upper-level riders in CA.


        • #5
          Kim Severson- She has a knack for really finding the root of a problem and fixing it. She has a great eye, and she is awesome with every level of rider. I can not say enough good things about her.
          Jessica Bortner-Harris
          "Throw your heart over the fence and your horse will follow."


          • #6
            Lucinda Green, if she is in the US at the time. She is phenomenal with everyone at all levels, but has a gift for imparting the fundamentals to lower level riders and horses.

            I also like Don Sachey. A great guy all around, who is also wonderful with the lower levels.

            And, dare I say it? George Morris if you can get him for a show jump day. He is fabulous. Not for the faint of heart, but fabulous. Will dramatically improve your sj unless you are in a coma during the lesson.


            • #7
              Originally posted by wanderlust View Post
              Don Sachey is awesome. I've seen him fix some really scary riding and poor jumping/behavior with great explanations and examples, and very thoughtful exercises. Super, super nice guy, too. He's in Central California.

              Brian Sabo is also great. He makes you think and understand what you are doing and why, and is coach to most of the upper-level riders in CA.
              Wanderlust, having been in clinics with both, I second your recommendation.

              There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - Dave Barry


              • #8
                Originally posted by wanderlust View Post
                Don Sachey is awesome. I've seen him fix some really scary riding and poor jumping/behavior with great explanations and examples, and very thoughtful exercises. Super, super nice guy, too. He's in Central California.
                I agree about Don and he's right in Santa Barbara, so very convenient for you.


                • #9
                  I absolutely love Amy Barrington. I have ridden in clinics with her 3-4 times now. Every time she gives me something that LOOKS impossible, but that I am able to do successfully the first time AND have a lightbulb moment about how to apply that "feeling" to other questions. I think other riders must have those lightbulb moments too, because the other horse/rider paris in my groups have always visibly improved over the course of the lesson. Awesome.

                  I also rode with Leslie Law once and it was so valuable. He is very succinct, and has the ability to get your attention in the split second before you screw up and fall into the same bad habit you always do, so that the experience of riding it correctly sticks in your mind. I loved that he was so down to earth despite being an Olympian. You don't see that a lot.

                  I always get a lot out of clinics with Suzi Gornall too. She is especially good at establishing and confirming the basics, and then building the blocks for each level. I always go home from clinics with her with a lot of homework, exercises to strengthen galloping position, exercises to improve my horse's balance. Good stuff.


                  • #10
                    Is it just me?

                    I have never been as satisfied as I thought I should be riding with Phillip. He's a briliant rider but not a brilliant communicator. V. nice guy though.

                    Agree with Lucinda maybe the very best
                    Buddy Brown if you're on the west coast
                    JOhn Williams - XC. Don't love him for stadium but incredible XC
                    The Leslies are wonderful together or separate
                    Last edited by piggiponiis; Jan. 22, 2010, 09:28 PM.


                    • #11
                      Well, aside from God (aka Jimmy Wofford) and Denny, three of the very best I've had the pleasure to clinic with are based across the pond but travel here (Lucinda is all over the country it seems):

                      Lucinda Green
                      Eric Smiley
                      Nick Turner

                      Eric and Nick are both fellows of the BHS and selectors for the British Team (IIRC). Nick was a grand prix jumoer before he picked up eventing and excelled at Advanced. All three of them are extraordinary horsemen and teachers.
                      They don't call me frugal for nothing.
                      Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                      • #12
                        Caroline Atherholt-great with young horses and young riders-has competed at the four star level. Website is www.carolinedowd.com-Fantastic trainer and rider!


                        • #13
                          i second Leslie Law, he really is a phenomenal clinician and i thoroughly enjoyed his clinic..and as for him being down to earth, he was so down to earth that I got to talking to him at an event one day and didn't realize who it was til AFTER the conversation was over...

                          Also, not sure if she does clinics but Corrinne Ashtons really nice and down-to-earth as well..she's someone I wouldn't mind taking a few lessons from


                          • #14
                            Jil Walton is awesome with young horses (older ones too)! She helped me heaps with my young guy. Based in CA (winter) and MT (summer)


                            • #15
                              Another vote for Kim Severson. I think she is probably the best instructor I have ever had. We are fortunate to be near where she stays during the warmer months and often take advantage of monthly-or-so clinics she does locally.

                              She has gotten me to do things I NEVER ever saw myself doing, and this has been a real confidence booster.

                              I also adore Lucinda Green (who doesn't?). I've audited a couple of her clinics and hoped to try to ride in the one near here in April. Unfortunately, I had recent rotator cuff surgery and been off my horse for a month and a half so far, so there's no way I can be in shape for her clinic by that time.

                              Plus I MAY have a time conflict this year which would interfere with even auditing.

                              Snap Dragon's mom.


                              • #16
                                I rode with Buck Davidson and loved him! We did grid work the first day and course work the second. Both days were challenging, but he relates everything you did on the first day doing grids to the course work. If I get a chance to ride with him again I definatly will.

                                Becky Holder was AWESOME! I did a 3-day clinic with her (dressage, show jumping, XC). She remembers every little detail about your horse. Without having to tell her she immediatly recognized the issues I was having with my horse. My horse has never felt so good in a dressage lesson than with her. The show jumping excersises were awesome! Combined grid work with course work and worked a lot on the quality of what you have after this jump. For example we had a line of just the small boxes you put under jumps that were skinny. You would jump the line, after the second, leg yield for a rollback back to the line. Was super fun and a lot harder than one would think! XC was great, building exercises ontop of another. I would highly recommend Becky to anyone!!


                                • #17
                                  Caroline Dowd

                                  I second Caroline. She is great with lower level riders because she is so enthusiastic and confident and not at all intimidating or snobbish.

                                  If you are looking for a male clinician I would suggest Chris Hitchcock. Chris started riding very late in life so he doesn't have the track record competitively but he is an excellent teacher, very intelligent, and very good with lower level riders.

                                  And if you want to work on your dressage try Bailey Cook. I was shocked at how quickly she changed me and my horse for the better.


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Thanks everyone

                                    Keep them coming, still haven't contracted one yet for our sept clinic. Thanks for all the input. The venue we will be using is new this year, and doesn't have much above training. That's o.k. really, because the bulk of our riders are bn/n and a couple of T, very few Prelim. So I appreciate your info.


                                    • #19
                                      If Kim Severson is available, you should definitely have her do a clinic. My daughter rode with Kim for a couple of weeks in Aiken last year and when we got home, our regular trainer, who is an "S" dressage judge and grand prix rider commented that she looked like she had more than a years worth of progress under her belt...and that was with only one dressage lesson, the rest were jumping. Since riding with Kim, the kid has not finished below fourth place and has confidently moved up to prelim earning the USEA gold medal at training level and silver medal at prelim. Kim is not only a star on the horse, but she is also a star trainer and clinician. You can get her contact info at her website http://kimseversoneventing.com/contact.asp .


                                      • #20
                                        While we are talking clinics and clinicians, does anyone have a good idea of the major clinics this year? Who, where, and when. Be nice to have them all in one spot.
                                        Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
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