In the hunter/jumper forum is information about a clinic with Melanie Smith Taylor coming to Aiken in March. She is co-chair and founder of the Emerging Athletes Program. Clinic is expensive but auditing is very reasonable.
We have done many clinics with Melanie Smith Taylor and in each we have had event riders. They have found her clinics quite helpful for their disciplines...not just hunters/jumpers. I think for sure you will want to audit and you will probably regret not riding in the clinic. She is THAT good.
Please let us know what you think after you attend.
I audited an Emerging Athlete clinic she did with Linda Allen this fall. The first day was mostly Linda. The second was similar to a ride-a-test with both of them commenting on rides. Very educational. I would certainly audit and probably ride given the option. (Actually it is kind of crazy NOT to at least audit when someone of her stature and reputation is teaching locally!)
Definetely GO AUDIT!!! her clinics are demanding, but straightforward and easy to understand. She is clear, precise and is so personable to each and every rider and horse.Not only does she tell you what to do, she teaches you how to understand, how to do it, and why, so that you can continue your experience at home!!!She truly wants you to learn!!!!))