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Best confidence-building trainers in SEPA/DE/MD?

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  • Best confidence-building trainers in SEPA/DE/MD?

    Who would you recommend for an adult ammy who's lost confidence and has no desire to "move up the levels"? I assume BNT's would want a student who's goals are to do the recognized stuff, so are their any lesser known trainers who are great with adults who just want to have a good time?
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    Sally Cousins. She is great for an ammy with low confidence.

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    • #3
      Another big thumbs up for Sally Cousins! She is the best confidence builder!
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      • #4
        I rode with Kate Hicks until I moved to Boston and she was terrific for my confidence! I was a real nervous nelly and she was tolerant and non-judgmental. She is also a really well "educated" or correct rider and she gave me lots of tools to help me ride really effectively which helped to dissapate the nerves. However, she also knew when to push a bit and challenge me without freaking me out. When I had started with her, I had never evented before and had had a terrible foxhunting accident a year or two before. I'll never be a bold rider, but I felt like I was in really good hands with Kate.

        PM me if you want (or can't find) her contact info. She has Cedar Springs Farm in Cochranville PA (a nice facility w/ an indoor).
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          Originally posted by Tasker View Post
          Another big thumbs up for Sally Cousins! She is the best confidence builder!
          Agree
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            Mogie Bearden-Muller in Md.
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            • #7
              Kelley Williams at A Bit Better Farm in Maryland is amazing for confidence building

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                Originally posted by VicariousRider View Post
                I rode with Kate Hicks until I moved to Boston and she was terrific for my confidence! I was a real nervous nelly and she was tolerant and non-judgmental. She is also a really well "educated" or correct rider and she gave me lots of tools to help me ride really effectively which helped to dissapate the nerves. However, she also knew when to push a bit and challenge me without freaking me out. When I had started with her, I had never evented before and had had a terrible foxhunting accident a year or two before. I'll never be a bold rider, but I felt like I was in really good hands with Kate.
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                Ditto on all accounts!

                I adore Kate. She's great for confidence and very accommodating to my crazy schedule. I can text her at 10pm and get a lesson the next day, or sometimes I bug her on facebook !

                She's got a great farm and it's her own so you're not paying a lesson fee PLUS ring fees (I can't stand doing that!) .

                She came up the ranks with Phillip Dutton and still has a strong connection with True Prospect Farm.

                I've never felt like she was pushing me, and she can always see the best in me and my horse (and tell me!) .

                I also take lessons with Ali Rawles who doesn't compete at the upper levels any more but is great to ride with. Very casual but precise and great with OTTBs. She just broke ground on her indoor at her personal farm in Oxford PA.
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                  I have to put my 2 cents in for Sally Cousins also... While I don't ride w/ her and really don't know her I have had several conversations with her about her dogs -and that was enough for me. She impressed me as being a delightful, warm human being -passionate about her animals. She is a talented and accomplished rider - that coupled with her personality, IMO, would make her a wonderful coach/ trainer and no doubt a friend. Unfortunately, I do not live near her but if I did, I guarantee you my dog and her dogs as well as my horse would be traveling together !

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                  • #10
                    Cherie Gaebel is great. I've seen her working with both children and adults. She is patient and kind and really works at getting the best from both the rider and the horse.

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                    • #11
                      I second the recommendation of Kelley Williams. She's awesome. Her web site is www.abitbetterfarm.com
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                      • #12
                        Another vote for Cherie Gaebel!

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                        • #13
                          I would also recommend Sally Cousins. Her website is www.sallycousins.com if you would like to read more about her. She has a lovely section on each of her horses with personal comments on each horse.

                          Sally keeps in contact with her students regularly via email updates of where she will be teaching and x-country schooling. Sally regularly travels to several farms to do weekly or bi-weekly clinics. Additionally, she takes groups x-country schooling at various farms in SE PA & MD regularly. Her rates are incredibly reasonable and, best of all, she really cares about her students and their horses.

                          Good luck in your search and I hope you find the right coach to restore your confidence.
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                          • #14
                            Just my 2 cents. . .

                            I don't know anyone in your area, but I would like to say something about BNT at least the ones I have ridden with. A few years ago I went looking for a trainer, I was an over weight middleaged, lost my confidence woman on a really bad Tb.

                            I still need to lose a few pounds, but I have most of my confidence back and I feel younger. I'm doing 3ft xc fences and I took my Tb to South Carolina this past year.

                            So, what I want to say to you is Don't discount the BNTs and think they don't want you. (Psssst, they have lots of bills to pay.) I thought the same as you, but went ahead and emailed Leslie Law a few years ago, I ended up training with them for 6 months.

                            I took a clinic with "The Master" (Jimmy Wofford) and I now train closer to home with Bonnie Mosser. All of them worked with me and no one did not want me.

                            If you have a BNT near you, don't be intimidated, give them a call. If they don't want you, move on and maybe they can help you find the right trainer.

                            I will also say that in the first few minutes of my first lesson with Lesley, she told me to do something another trainer had told me not to do (Lesley was right and it paid off.) BNT are big because they've been there and done that.
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                              Yes, exactly what you said!
                              There is a bit of a difference between just feeling good and confident when you ride, and being correct in your basics and achieving balance properly. IF... being safe is about balance, then quality instruction in achieving balance...through correcting basics .... is the real confidence builder, JMO. Anyone can say, "good job" and make you FEEL good. Riding well is another thing.
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                                Without question Boyd Martin. Confidence is what he does best IMO.

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                                • #17
                                  Another thumbs up for Boyd and Silva Martin!!! Excellent instructors!!

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by lcw579 View Post
                                    Cherie Gaebel is great. I've seen her working with both children and adults. She is patient and kind and really works at getting the best from both the rider and the horse.

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                                    Tangent but I saw her ride that stallion at Ludwig's Corner and OMG I love it. I have not had my socks knocked off like that in a long, long time. Wish I had a nice AQHA broodie... that is SOME HORSE. Cherie was very nice as well, and gave him a great ride.
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                                    • #19
                                      Sally Cousins, no question. She really is amazing.
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                                      • #20
                                        Don't be afraid of the BNTs! I know people who ride with Sally and Mogie and LOVE them, so definitely check them out.

                                        But I'm starting to learn this crazy thing about eventers - they're all really NICE and the BNTs aren't like Gods that are only useful for the very best and well funded riders. A lady at my barn takes lessons and clinics with Boyd Martin fairly regularly and he's done wonders for her confidence and riding - and she's looking to do BN and N, nothing huge
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