Learning to Win
In a showjumping competition, the course designer's job is to separate the well prepared riders (The Ribbon Winners) from the less prepared riders (everybody else) Assuming your horse is capable of jumping the height and width of the jumps and allowing for a little sporting luck it is your preparation that makes the difference between winning and losing. At a certain point in your competitive career it should be about winning. As a rider coming up through the ranks it should be about learning to ride better, learning to compete, about developing skills. After that process it becomes about learning to win. It is easier to learn these skills with the help of an experienced trainer or coach, one who if he hasn't seen it all, has seen enough to know how to deal with what ever comes up.
And it's the same for your horse. He has to learn all the skills required for showjumping, progressing quietly through the levels without being frightened or rushed. Once he has acquired the necessary skills and found his competitive level it is time to win.
Of course you can't win all the classes and you shouldn't even try to. It is quite correct to "give" a horse a class, to go slow without regard for placement, to teach him new skills, refresh old skills, or to bolster fitness. With an experienced horse you have to know when to "take a shot". A good coach can help make those decisions.
A Different Approach
If you are looking for a trainer/coach who puts your needs and priorities first.
If you want to be part of a small group of competitive, serious, winning riders.
If you don't want to incur big daycare, and other related fees.
If you don't want to be lost in the crowd.
If you want to compete at a variety of horse shows.
If you want to have fun.
Then you should ride with me.
Call me: 352.441.1625