Well I already train with one of the big barns. I am just making sure that I'm not forgetting somebody. Also yes I am willing to ride with one of the big trainers on the east coast regardless of their main location.
What kind of student are you? What type of instruction do you respond best to? The trainer that might be considered the "best" may not be the one who can get the most out of you.
A fellow junior in my barn got recruited to Beacon Hill in the mid-80s. She and I talked about it late in the year and I got the feeling it was the most lonely and miserable year of her life. She had been called back at MSG the year before, but on the morning of the Maclay finals her last year, her horse went suddenly lame, she had to ride a borrowed horse, and she did not have a stellar round. A sad end to a promising junior career.
Choose wisely and do not think that the biggest name necessarily has the most to offer you.
Former Long Islander now in the middle of the Great Lakes
I have a question? What makes them the best?
They don't train the horses their students ride,
so is it their ability to match a horse and rider, polish the style of an already experienced rider? Find the best horses regardless of cost?
Is it that only the best riders with the best multiple mounts and the most money are thiers to pick and choose from.
Can they develope an unpolished but talented rider on a average horse (but boomproof and able to jump around 3'6" competently) into a competitive junior in a year?
I know they get results in the BIG Eq but most names you mentioned take on riders that are already well developed and well financed. So when you say best Trainers , do you actually mean best coaches?