Is it worth it for amateurs to take clinics with big name riders?

[I’m in Italy this week, likely stuffing myself with pasta and gelato, and probably with questionable internet access, so please forgive me for not responding to comments. ¬†Your regularly scheduled Murray programming will return next week. ¬†In the mean time, there’s an EGUS post coming and re-features of some of my past content that I hope you will enjoy.]

When I was first offered a spot in the Hawley Bennett clinic at my barn, I was ready to say yes. ¬†Then I looked at my bank account and frowned a little — there wasn’t going to be much room for clinic money. ¬†There wasn’t¬†any room for clinic money. ¬†So I thought about it a lot, and ultimately decided that Murray and I needed to get out and about and used to showing in new places more than we needed to ride with Hawley this weekend, and I regretfully gave up my spot.

This led me to wondering if it would even have been worth it for me to ride with Hawley. ¬†I’ve ridden in a few different clinics, and while I’ve always gotten something out of them, I’ve also always wondered if I was getting¬†enough out of them to validate the expensive. ¬†Two days with a big name clinician is basically a full month of lessons, or a couple of field trips, for me, and so the quality over quantity question is a big one. ¬†Would the lessons Hawley had to give be useful on my baby horse? ¬†I don’t always want to pay to just be told how¬†awesome we are (cuz that happens all the time!!!), I want to problem solve. ¬†Would I be problem solving at such a low level? ¬†Would I provide fodder for Hawley to correct? ¬†Was it worth it?

I’m sure many other amateur riders have had this question, and after auditing with Hawley for two days, I’m pretty sure I know the answer: YES it is definitely worth it for you to ride with them!! ¬†For lots of reasons. ¬†Read the full article on Horse Junkies United!