FAQ: How to find the right cutting trainer?

As a trainer, I get the most varied but often recurring questions on a wide variety of subjects again and again. For this reason, I will pick up some of those topics in the next time.

Today: How to find the right cutting trainer?

Not only as a beginner, it is an advantage, as in every sport, to have an experienced trainer at your side who will help you with advice and action in the cutting. A trainer should optimize and promote yourown and the horses strengths, but also recognize their weaknesses, work them out until they are no weaknesses or turn them into strengths.

Furthermore the associations, their classes and also the rules in the cutting are kind of complex that an experienced cutting rider or trainer at the side of a beginner is absolutely recommendable. Today, the most varied clinics with cattle with the most varied trainers / instructors are offered - unfortunately too often, without the necessary skills or the necessary knowledge to possess. This often leads to the fact that e.g. Horses are brought up wrongly to the cattle, horses wor "wrong" or "incorrect", or because of the potential of one promising horse"turned over the clock" - too early, too much, too fast.

Much of it unfortunately leads to the fact, that for horse and man the fun remains on the line, horses with not insubstantial potential are offered for sale after a short time. Sometimes even so severely injured that they are no longer rideable. According to such experiences, beginners, owners or riders often have enough of cutting and are more likely to turn to other disciplines. Especially cutting is not one cheap sports in the horse industry.

All this is absolutely understandable and comprehensible, but for the Cuttingsport just a huge pity. If the competency of the trainer was selected, and the ability of beginners, owners and riders to be recognized as such, one would be able to minimize or completely avoid such bad experiences.

As described above, I am often asked different returning questions by interested and riding school students. E.g asked if there are quality criteria for cutting trainers and how to recognize the trainer's competence.

Therefore, I would like to give some advice on how to do a Little research of your future trainer.

Is the trainer connected to a cutting association? The mother of the Cutting Associations is the NCHA USA based in America. Germany counts two NCHA USA affiliates, namely the NCHA oG (National Cutting Horse Association of Germany) and the RBC (Royal Bavarian cutters).

But also from breeding associations like the DQHA (German Quarter Horse Association), the FEQHA (Federation of the European Quarter Horse Association), the PHCG (Paint Horse Club Germany), and riding associations such as EWU (First Union of Western style riders). Judging and general conditions (such as flooring, cattle, etc.) are the most challenging for NCHA USA approved tournaments, so it is an advantage if the trainer is member of the NCHA USA or one of the both German associations NCHA of Germany or the RBC.

Here you will find the corresponding pages on which you can view the listed Trainers in the named associations:

NCHA USA - http://www.nchacutting.com/members/Trainers

NCHA of Germany - http://ncha.de/?Mitglieder___Trainer

RBC- http://www.rbc-cutting.de/trainer/

A membership in a cutting federation is not the only thing you should have a closer look on.

If a trainer goes into the narrow selection, one should ask further:

Does he / she bring show experience? I recommend doing this through the following ways: Check the NCHA earnings and the ridden scores on shows.

NCHA Lifetime Earnings: The winnings paid out on NCHA shows will be in the USA under the name of the rider And the horse and are accessible for everyone.

Under this link, you can check any rider and horses on your winning totals:


There are two other things to consider. Once the payout payouts in the US are significantly higher in comparison to the payouts in Germany / Europe. Why are $ 15,000 dollars in US peanuts, but in Germany already one quite considerable sum.

We should also consider the following: How long has the trainer been riding in the cutting discipline, how long did he / she have time to win this profit?

Scores on NCHA Shows: Another possibility to assess the continuity of a trainer in the cutting is by analyzing his NCHA shows with his previously ridden scores. These scores are e.g. presented by the NCHA of Germany in the form of annual highpoint lists or at the RBC in form of results lists and are also accessible to everyone. The scores of the past few years are also comprehensible. For example, an average score can be calculated or list the number of times the trainer could show the ridden horses with a score of 70 or higher. You can recognize how successful a trainer is this way.

Sound collections of titles or successes often lose their splendor, and the chaff separates from the wheat.

The highpoint lists can be found here: http://ncha.de/?Shows___Highpoint_Ranking

The results of the RBC shows can be found here: http://www.rbc-cutting.de/termine-results/

According to the above procedure, some trainer names should now appear on the selection list, where a Training seems to make sense.

A little tip I still have: In addition to the above-mentioned selection criteria, I find it useful to visit one or more NCHA shows and observe the potential trainers during the show and in the show arena. Make a picture of the trainer himself, his handling with the horse (not only the showhorses, but also the handling of the helper horses in and outside the show-Arena) and at the end also from the lessons themselves, of course.

Iis essential that the chemistry between the student and the trainer is right. This is the only way cutting can be fun and lead to the desired success. Of course, there is also the mouth to mouth, customer votes, but also rumors, etc. With the above-mentioned tips and a healthy understanding of the human being, the finding of a trainer should be a bit easier and the fun of the cutting can be really enjoyed.


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