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There has been little change in how you become a professional hunter/jump coach today: Besides educating juniors and amateurs to become nationals in hunting, show jumping and equestrian sports, the California-based vet has accompanied many former college graduates into their professional career. Vacancies Karen advises prospective employees may not be advertised as "apprenticeships", but any position with a good coach can become a good apprenticeship if it is filled with the right people.
Karen's stint with George finally got her the stall management role, but long before that she made the most of every minute in his stall. "As the veterinarians and blacksmiths came to the shed, I followed them and asked them all the while. "Karen's peers agreed that working for a reputable professional is the best way to get out on your own as a coach.
"When you really, really do, you will find that most pros really appreciate it and you will have the opportunity to ride," Karen concludes. A number of experienced pros fear that today's satisfaction company will take its tribute from up-and-coming riding coaches. "See how young pros skip many steps," says USEF Justice Susie Schoellkopf, SBS Farms Manager in Buffalo, New York.
"You want to go to a horseback ride or open your own stable with just lessons and horseback rides. "That' was exactly what her protégé Jennifer Alfano, who first worked as a bridegroom (for the 1988 Olympia medal winner Gém Twist) and then refined her equestrian skills in the tough work of a mall.
Jennifer was familiar with many facets of the art of riding when she joined SBS Farms and, just as importantly, she was keen to do more. Constructive feedback is the essence of a young rider who wants to bring her horse enthusiasm to the school. This was Courtney Calcagnini's choice at the tender age of twelve and she planned her junior carreer to achieve this aim.
In 1997 she began as a working girl for Mike McCormick and Tracey Fenney at Four M Farm when she was 13 years old, and in 2000 she took over the same job for Colleen McQuay's giant Texas store. After courtney out of junior rank, the Colleen job was remunerated.
For six years she gained expertise and know-how with Colleen's oversight and support and then founded her own shed, the CSC Farm in Pilot Point, Texas, in 2007. Courtney's patience on the road to professionality was led by a humble mission: "It is this excellence that has won her the primary focus of Colleen and keeps her with such experienced professional hunters as Otis Brownie Brownie and renowned young professional huntswoman Linda Andrisani, who are crucial to the game.
With a good name in the area and Colleen's blessings, it wasn't long before Courtney started her work. She had 12 ponies within a single monthly, of which only one belonged to a customer from Colleen's sales-oriented shop. "I' never hired a customer," says Courtney. "Today she runs 15-18 stallions, which are in the possession of seven or eight customers and which the 28-year-old coach calls "perfect for me".
" Among the customers is the Reid familie, for whom she founded the Adult Hunter Curtain Call in early 2009. This year Courtney ridden the horse to the USEF Grand Champion Horse of the Year as a Regular Working Hunter. When Brian Walker, also 28, went a different way after he decided on an apprenticeship.
Led by coach Missy Clark, he completed an élite junior carreer in 2001 by taking the ASPCA Maclay National Championship. Up until then Brian was riding for several coaches, among them the showjumping rider Todd Minikus, and that opened the doors to work for him after he had completed in the riding department.
Todd is credited by Brian with discouraging him from the idea that it would be simple to become a professional. "You' re no longer just a top junior horse with everyone to help you screw up," says Brian. "Toodd has probably been the one who has been most helpful in bringing a little humbleness into me and let me know that I am not being pampered.
" He also had a lead in this class because he was raised in a professional horse team in Canada. About a year later, mainly young horse for Todd, Brian took Peter Leone's invitation to work at his Lion Share Farms in Connecticut, where he gave classes and trained juniors and amateurs at home and at tournaments.
Brian worked another aspect of his expertise and expertise for the Dutch show jumping horse Jan Tops. Brian's lasting fellowship with Missy, who had been bought by Jan Pferde, opened this doors, which Brian believes to be a large part of his riding school. With long day in the shed, shows and sometimes 23 hrs in pursuit of youngsters, Brian has given much consideration to his immersing in the other part of the game.
"They' re all designed to compete and sell horses," he states. "We' re so focused on the customers in the States. "Jan's capacity to learn to identify outstanding steeds was a particularly precious part of his training in Europe, Brian added. In 2006, he moved back to the States to work for Eddie Horowitz, whose later retiring meant that Brian ran his own company, Woodside Farm, for the next three years.
Brian took over as Chief Coach at Old Salem Farm in 2009 and moved to Wellington, Florida at the end of 2010 to re-establish his company from the ground up. "The simple part is horse riding," says Brian about his previous work experiences. "Court-ney agrees. As he worked for Colleen, Courney shied away from new dresses and other subtleties to hide starting capital.
In the course of the years, it has developed to where it normally reaches the profit zone or even looses a little bit of cash, on boards and in education, but it makes up for the tournament fee and the gains from the sale of the horse. To sell a horse, she says, "is probably the best way to make financial progress. Courtney carefully tracks the work and deliveries to be invoiced to the customer with the help of an aide.
I' ve arranged it so that I am able to settle and submit invoices at a certain point in it. A number of young workers are establishing themselves by developing their businesses around a dominating customer. "It can be worth it in the very near future to put all your balls in one basket," says Brian. "Both Courtney and Brian say that customer retention has a great deal to do with being open right from the beginning.
"I' ve got a very special program," says Courtney. "Although her education programme has bridegrooms, Courtney is expecting all her pupils to study horseback riding thoroughly and do as much of their own work as their own schedule allows. "Clarification of the cost of potential customers is essential," Brian added. "One encounters difficulties if one does not take enough free space to talk to customers at all levels: how their children or horse are doing.
Fighting young specialists to make ends meet can cause blurred feelings towards customers with a lot of available money, and the line between the trainer/student relation and fellowship can become blurred. Even though she does enjoy working with a patron, it is important to keep a little space to cultivate a professional relationship," remarks Karen.
As a rule, such a situation must be solved by trying it out, she added. This trainer certificate program is designed for those who are just starting out in their careers and usually work for another professional, and attendees must have worked for three years in a professional capacity to obtain certify. Hospitals, for example, will last two instead of three working day in areas where trainer can participate away from the company with minimum travelling expenses and minimum effort.
New coaches who do not fulfil the three-year professional TCP qualifications can continue to be audited and take part in the programme, but USHJA is also working on a Provisional Trainer Programme for those who have been working for another professional for one to three years. It embraces the philosophy of great riders like Gordon Wright, Vladimir Littauer and George Morris, and offers chapter on setting up a company, horse sales and other facets of the profession, penned by today's top coaches.
"I want to know what you have to say," she says. One of the most effective ways of purchasing and sales of horse riding is one of the many areas where the counselling of an elderly person can be inestimable. "It is a great responsability to buy a horse for a customer," she says.
" The primary task of the Young Professionals of the USHJA is to encourage new coaches to make a contribution to sports and to develop in it. Courtney, as one of its members, has this piece of counsel for those who want to join the field: