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If you could be an assistant to ANY trainer, who would it be?

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  • If you could be an assistant to ANY trainer, who would it be?

    More specifically, looking for trainers who do WEF, Ocala or Indio. If you could be an exerciser rider or assistant trainer to anyone, who would you choose and why? Do you love their style of riding, training, their approach to horsemanship or all of the above?

    How many of the top riders and trainers do this for up and coming pros? Would you rather ride under the best of the best even if that means they might already have 3 assistant trainers, or someone with a smaller program who could offer more personalized instructions?

    Very interested to hear responses!

  • #2
    The barn I am at if I had a younger body - they work very hard and have a great program. The trainers have a way of not only teaching their students but produce beautiful horses in a kind way. Their riders work very hard, care for their horses and do extremely well at the A shows.

    If the question was for a big time trainer I would want to ride with Beezie Madden.... I think she is such a beautiful rider and a major talent. She seems nice. But again I would need a younger body. I also like Mclain Ward for the same reasons. Anyone that would wear a chicken costume and jump is okay in my book!
    Live in the sunshine.
    Swim in the sea.
    Drink the wild air.


    • #3
      George Morris.
      'nuff said.


      • #4
        Originally posted by lily pony View Post
        George Morris.
        'nuff said.
        never. NEVER. ever. would I want to work for George Morris.

        McLain Ward, because I think he is one of the most talented riders and genuinely good guys in the horse industry today.

        Margie Engle, because I want to know (as a fellow 5'1'' rider) how she gets her eq so perfect with short legs flying over 5'6'' spreads!


        • #5
          Well, George Morris has not been a trainer for quite some time.

          There are so many good ones, it would be hard to choose. It also depends on what disciplines you prefer. Is it the jumper ring, hunters or equitation that you would like to specialize in and learn from the best.


          • #6
            I am working for the best in Australia right now. Luckiest girl in the world!!!

            But if it had to be a BNT, I would say Steffen Peters as I love his whole attitude and philosophy about the horses and think this would carry on to employees.

            In Jumping, I would Penelope Leprovost. She is amazing!


            • #7
              Scott Stewart for Hunters, he seems to have the largest collection of the nicest horses.

              Beezie Madden for Jumpers. She just won in her second Grand Prix with her new horse.


              • #8
                John French. He rode the big grand prix back in the day, still hops on for one occasionally, is, IMO, the best hunter rider out there. And is just the softest, quietest, most lovely rider. Also a very, very nice guy.

                As for the person who said George Morris, you couldn't pay me. Not enough money in the world for that kind of abuse.


                • #9
                  Frank Madden. Have been to a few of his clinics and love how he expects you to get things done, but breaks the job up into do-able pieces that helps you get it done.

                  And I ditto westcoasteventer on GM I shudder at the thought of having to please that man every day.
                  "Radar, the man's ex-cavalry: if he sees four flies having a meeting, he knows they're talking about a horse!" Cptn. BJ Hunnicutt, M*A*S*H Season 4, Episode "Dear Mildred"


                  • #10
                    Louise Serio! Worked for her one WEF and she is a wonderful person and horsewoman! Would drop everything to be her barn manager
                    Magic City
                    Roll Tide


                    • #11
                      Val Renihan.
                      The Noodlehttp://tiny.cc/NGKmT&http://tiny.cc/gioSA
                      Boy Wonderhttp://tiny.cc/G9290
                      The Hana is nuts! NUTS!!http://tinyurl.com/SOCRAZY


                      • #12
                        Shachine Belle... She is a class act, knows what shes doing, and truly loves her horses.
                        ....Of the younger variety


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rel6 View Post
                          McLain Ward, because I think he is one of the most talented riders and genuinely good guys in the horse industry today.

                          Not sure if serious.


                          • #14
                            Denice Klinger


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Pirateer View Post

                              Not sure if serious.
                              ....Of the younger variety


                              • #16
                                Olin Armstrong

                                Originally Posted by JSwan
                                I love feral children. They taste like chicken.


                                • #17

                                  Much like Madonna and Prince....only needs one name.

                                  Work ethic, knowledge, ability. The fact that she obviously loves what she does.

                                  Rule follower.
                                  "Every century a witch shall be born."


                                  • #18
                                    Don Stewart. You would learn ALL aspects of the industry and be able to laugh on occasion!


                                    • #19
                                      George Morris. I would probably cry more in a week than i have in my entire life but think about how much you would learn!


                                      • #20
                                        Fredrick Pignon, founder of Cavalia!