One of the main tenants of what the CEA stands for is collaboration.
If one coach is working on an event or a clinic to promote or encourage a particular sport, we ALL benefit, and that includes other coaches, not just the riders.
“They’re my competition” is a terribly short sighted way to look at it, and again, it is a belief born from a feeling of lack (of income, of clients, of results, whatever), a belief born from fear.
If an international or interstate, or hell, even a local coach is making the effort to promote and encourage your particular discipline of choice- GET BEHIND THEM.
Supporting that event supports the learning journey of the riders, it supports the growth and development of the horses and it bolsters enthusiasm for what you do.
If we support each other in this space, if we start acting and behaving like professionals and work collaboratively, the only outcomes are positive.
Don’t get caught up in the “but they’ll steal my clients” bullshit.
You have no control over what your clients think.
You only have control over what you do, how you teach, what kind of educator and mentor you are.
No one can steal a happy client. Just like no-one can “steal” a happy boyfriend/ girlfriend/ partner from you.
Please, if you want to be taken seriously, if you want your sport to be taken seriously, than it has to start with you.
Respect other professionals. Support others in your space. Work collaboratively.
You are not alone, so take advantage of that, rather than wallowing in fear and isolation.
Collaborate. Grow. Learn. Help more people and their horses. (and really, the same applied in the Pet industry as well- trainers, groomers, day cares etc)
Isn’t that why you are doing this in the first place?