There are a lot of big name dressage trainers out there, most of whom we'll never get to meet.
I am proud to say that my own trainer, the always awesome Chemaine Hurtado, is on her way to joining that illustrious group of names. That's my tip for today by the way: get in with someone before they hit the big time, and then you're golden!
Chemaine is a resident trainer based at CastleRock Farms in Moorpark, California where she operates Symphony Dressage Stables. Her mission is to help dressage riders reach their goals in and out of the show ring. I can certainly attest to that. That's one of the things I love most about Chemaine - her dedication to her students' success. I always know she's rooting for me; I am not just a paycheck to her. She's always so proud of all her students and wants nothing but the best for us and our horses.
Not only is she an excellent rider and teacher, but she has a special ability for making the sport fun and accessible for even the most beginner rider. Being a demo rider for her would be way too much fun, but that's probably a pie in the sky deal. Who wouldn't want that job? Even helping out in a booth would be totally amazing.
So there you have it - I think I can officially claim that I ride with a BIG NAME trainer! Oh, and before I forget, those of you who enjoy your daily dose of Bakersfield Dressage will have to get your fix elsewhere; we'll be in Phoenix for the weekend at a wedding. See you on Monday!