Today I got a phone call with an interest in the annual Riding Instructor’s Workshop (which by the way has been scheduled for March 4-6, 2016!). They want to start a lesson program at their current facility and they told me they want to “do it right”.
I got to thinking about this “doing it right”.
What makes “it right” or what makes a lesson program successful?
And what is success?
Mmmmmm . . .
So I am thinking success would be judged by two criteria:
#1 Financial – not only breaking even, but the lesson program makes money (don’t laugh!)
#2 Bringing in new blood to your client base (hopefully some of these lesson riders will turn into show horse owners)
So what makes a program “right”?
- Happy clients
- Happy confident riders
- Successful clients—doesn’t mean they have to win every time, but that they understand that riding/showing is a process built upon a series of building blocks of improvement
“Doing it right” means:
- You don’t have to have fancy stables, arena or facilities—it does mean functional, safe and useable facilities
- Using the right horses—Scott Matton, one time said at a clinic, “you can bore them to death, but you can’t scare them to death”. Patience and not rushing your riders, allowing them to learn and feel confident has to be the number one priority—not rushing and pushing them above and beyond their capabilities too fast. This can take longer than you think.
- A sincere, interested, thoughtful and caring instructor with a level of knowledge and expertise in riding and horses that she/he is willing to share
“Doing it right” equals success.