Kevin McGinn rides, trains, judges, and conducts clinics nationwide and locally in the Los Angeles area. He specializes in preparing both horses and riders for the jumper ring. As a widely published equestrian writer, Kevin provides insights on equestrian related topics in his blog and elsewhere.
Just wondering... How do social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Judge My ride, Equestriancoach.com, and showjumpingunplugged.tv expand and enhance your riding interests??? Click the Comments link and let me know!
I have been a fan of Judge My Ride for months ... it is so similar to George Morris' page that has been in Practical Horseman for decades, there is no challenge as to where they got the idea (!), but it certainly helps people get a 1-2 sentence impression of what is good and what is bad in one snapshot!
I LOVE EquestrianCoach.com ... I was really reluctant to join because of the cost, but I'm glad I did! There are things I hear from my trainer (;-) all the time that, coming from a different perspective or spoken with different terms, makes more sense to me now. There are also things I have not heard before that really click! I think that is a really FANTASTIC website!
Posted by Jean on 03/25/2011 - 04:57 PM
I really agree with much of what you say .!! In my experience I have seen my students "Light Bulbs " go off hearing something I've said repeatedly with the slightest difference and Bingo they "get it". I've also said things when I'm out teaching a clinic and a student "lights up " as if what I said was "new information" only to find out later their regular coach has told them the same thing a million times!!!!
It's great to be able to absorb an idea in a slightly different context or see a picture and be able to say "Hey ,Thats what I've been trying to get done too ! Thanks for your comment!!!
Posted by Kevin McGinn on 03/25/2011 - 05:24 PM
I love Judge My Ride. Its a great way to get expert advice and opinions. I myself live in an area full of english riders but no show jumping experts. SO when I have a question I have no where to turn. But with JMR I now can turn to them and feel confident with their advice because they are professionals. JMR has sent me in the right direction numerous times now andI really appreciate the site. I am pretty low on the totem pole right now and without them I would be lost. Cash is a big part of whats holding me back. Thanks JMR and Kevin for mentioning them on your website. They rock and so do you!
Posted by Kara Losack on 03/26/2011 - 05:44 AM
Thanks for your response Kara
I'm glad you are enjoying JMR and my new Blog !!! There are lots
of online resources to "keep up" with things such as The Chronicle of The Horse online , equestriancoach.com and showjumpingunplugged.tv.com They are all affordable ways to continue to be exposed to the best experts in our sport You said
Money is a factor (as it is with so many people these days !!) You aren't alone ! That's why Linda Allen ,Lisa Westin and myself are working so hard to get the word out on The Benchmark Program (to keep people in the game ) I'd also suggest you attend any clinics and friends lessons etc even as a spectator . You can learn almost as much by watching ! Stay in Touch ! Kevin
Posted by Kevin McGinn on 03/26/2011 - 05:35 PM
So glad to see people commenting on this blog, Kevin! You'll soon have a lot of online followers with all the great ideas and advice you dish up. You are "Ride On!"
Posted by Elizabeth Olson on 03/27/2011 - 08:14 PM
Thanks for writing Elizabeth ! There's a huge online equestrian community ! Some have been
a bit marginalized by the "new normal " economy ! I was given so much information so freely, I am happy (as are some of the other
sites and sources I've mentioned) to Pass it on !!
The first step toward excellence is the belief one is "welcomed " in .
If the sport is to survive it musn't only be for the fortunate "few"
It HAS TO BE FOR EVERYONE. Horses bring so many different things to so many people !!
Posted by kevin McGinn on 03/27/2011 - 10:20 PM
I love your attitude and your philosophy, Kevin! What you say about the first step toward excellence is the belief one is "welcomed" in really hits the mark -- for all of life's endeavors! The horse community is lucky to have you in the ring.
Posted by Elizabeth Olson on 03/29/2011 - 09:51 AM