Hosting a Clinic
How can you get live, in-person lessons with me where you live? Host a clinic! Clinics are one of my favorite ways to connect with people around the country and around the world. Putting together a clinic is not quite as hard as you think. Just get a few friends together, decide on a location and a date, and let everything fall into line after that.
Teaching people how to handle their horses is a true passion of mine. I love to watch people’s expression change as they begin to gain a new understanding of their horse or themselves. During your clinic, I will draw upon more than 20 years of experience as a driver of single, pair, four-in-hand and tandem hitched horses, as well as experience in ridden dressage, and long lining.
There are a number of formats that a clinic can follow. You can even combine formats to give drivers a diverse learning experience. While individual private sessions are the most popular format to run, there are a number of other ways to run a clinic that can enhance the learning experience. Take a look at the clinic formats page for ideas.
Of course, you don’t have to host a full-blown public event for me to come train with you. I regularly travel throughout the country for individuals who want my undivided attention for a few days of training. This a very popular option for those who have several horses that need training in the carriage and under saddle.
Clinics cost $600/day plus travel, accommodations, and meals (see the travel page for more info). There are no minimum or maximum numbers of students for a clinic since you have my undivided attention for 8 hours each day. The maximum number of students largely depends on the format you choose for the clinic. It’s not unusual for me to travel for a few days of training with just one or two people.
Holding a clinic over three days is the most economical way to host a clinic. Generally speaking, I’ll travel to the clinic the morning of day 1, and teach for about 4 hours in the afternoon or early evening. Then day two and three are all about teaching all day, and I travel home on the evening of the third day.
Since there are only so many dates available I have to insist upon a 50% deposit no later than 8 weeks prior to the clinic date. This deposit is non-refundable unless I must cancel the clinic for health or personal reasons. Checks should be made out to: “Coachman’s Delight, Inc.”
All clinic dates are rain or shine unless conditions become unsafe, so bring your raingear. Clinics canceled less than 6 weeks prior to the clinic date will be credited the amount of the deposit toward a future clinic within 1 year of the original date. If a make-up clinic has not been scheduled within 1 year of the original clinic date, the deposit will be forfeited. Clinics canceled less than 72 hrs prior to the clinic date will be responsible for the full clinic fee, plus any expenses associated with the clinic.