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Greg Best Clinic-worth it to just audit?

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  • Greg Best Clinic-worth it to just audit?

    I would love to ride based on all the glowing reviews he's gotten here but it's just not in the cards this year. That and I'm afraid I would make a complete fool of myself, lol. I'm still working on figuring out all my horses buttons five months later...

    But, I can definitely audit at least one day. For people who have attended as auditors and riders, do you think it's worth it?

    FYI, if anyone in Norcal is interested, he'll be at Valley Dressage in Dixon May 14-17. According to the organizer there are still some rider spots left.

  • #2
    Having ridden with Greg numerous times, I say GO!! He has a lot of great ideas and exercises for both riders and horses that you should be able to take home and try with your own... and definitely don't be afraid to go up and talk to him - if there's something specific you saw during one of the sessions ask! I think auditing is a great tool especially when you can't ride with the clinician for whatever reason


    • #3
      I audited and videotaped while my friend rode, and i'd say it's definitely worth it. He really got her hard to peg horse almost immediately, and had a great sense of humor with them.



      • #4
        Is there a list on the web of when/where the Greg Best Clinics are this year? I looked but couldn't find it


        • #5
          Any time you can watch a more experienced horseman teach, grab that opportunity. It is not expensive, less then even a group lesson with many top Pros.

          Part of being a good horseman yourself is learning to cherry pick what works for you and what does not while storing those things that don't in memory because you might need them down the road.

          So, even if you disagree or don't like somebody's approach? You learn to THINK it out and that is going to help you more then anything else. Learn to
          not just say "what?" but understand why the clinician is doing it and justify why you would not or why you do agree. And try to ignore their approach-if you think they are being "mean" or even "too nice", get past that and work on understanding what it is they are trying to communicate and take that home to your schooling ring.

          When I have seen GB, his approach was not so much polishing already competent show riders but more problem solving and achieving goals. IMO he was a little more ready to deal with Greenie issues and problems then others I have audited and ridden with.

          Go. I have totally disagreed with somebody but still took a few little gems from them home that helped me.
          When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

          The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


          • #6
            Absolutely worth it.

            Originally posted by findeight View Post
            Part of being a good horseman yourself is learning to cherry pick what works for you and what does not while storing those things that don't in memory because you might need them down the road.

            Go. I have totally disagreed with somebody but still took a few little gems from them home that helped me.
            Findeight, I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way!
            If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
            Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by myalter1 View Post
              Is there a list on the web of when/where the Greg Best Clinics are this year? I looked but couldn't find it

              And I got the dates wrong by a couple days for the Norcal clinic, its actually May 13-15

              Thanks everyone!


              • #8
                Thank you!


                • #9
                  I took one of his clinics a while ago.

                  I got even more out of auditing the other sessions than I did from my own session.

                  I would be more likely to RIDE in the clinic on a horse with a real problem than one that mostly needs fine tuning.

                  chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).