Have any of you hosted a clinic before? I'm looking for tips -- things to do and things to avoid. What do you appreciate or like the most when you participate in a clinic and what drives you nuts?
Yes, we're going to host a clinic. It is how we are getting Gayle up to our place so we can still take lessons with her. She requires a minimum of four lessons and I'm pretty sure we can scrounge that up. Heck, with Brett and I we are already halfway there!
We hosted a clinic once before -- years and years ago. It was a lot of work and our trainer at that time was excellent, but she was hard core dressage in focus. She's also a very intense person and I think the local folks were intimidated. There were also some people who trailered in; one brought a whole bunch of drama with her and the others said that they weren't interested in navigating the mountain road again with a trailer -- and I couldn't blame them. This time, I am not focusing on people outside of our community and Gayle is very low key, non-threatening, and loves all breeds of horses. I know Brett sometimes felt that he was being judged as "less worthy" because he was on a plain ol' Paint horse. He has never felt that way with Gayle and he has blossomed as a rider with her guidance.
In other news, Brett came across a rattlesnake sunning itself by his lawn mower. It slid off into the neighbor's tall grass before he could react. Yipes! We've seen many gopher snakes in our years up here but never a rattlesnake on the property. ...on the community roads, yes, but inside our gate, no.
I haven't had a chance to take pictures the last few days. Things are busy at work which I like but it does cut down on my play time. I do have a picture of my dinner last Sunday night. We went to our favorite restaurant, Marché Moderne, before going to the theatre (we have season tickets to the South Coast Repertory). Don't hate me... I had rabbit. Our waiter told me it was wonderful, served with baby brussel sprouts, almonds and a lovely sauce. He explained it with all the flair of his heavy French accent and how could I resist?! (the rabbit, people, the rabbit!).