I was shocked, amazed, surprised and ecstatic on Saturday night when Chris Irwin presented me with the very first Gold Level Coach & Trainer certificate in his Train the Trainer program. I have been studying the Irwin Method of Horsemanshp for about 6 or 7 years now. I was double certified Silver in the fall of 2004. At the time, the program was new and there were only 3 categories – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Since Chris is “the master” and the definition of a Gold Trainer at the time, we all thought that Silver was as high as any of us would ever go in the program. Then, as the program grew, 2 additional categories were added – Platinum and Diamond. So, we all thought that maybe, one day, some of us would move up the ranks. That was 2 years ago and no Trainers in the Training Program had achieved more than Silver.
In the meantime, I sold my ribbon business so that I could focus full-time on working with horses and coaching riders again. I became the Ontario Region Coordinator for Chris’ company, Horsepower Productions, and have been assisting Chris at all of the events in Ontario this year. I spent the winter and spring focusing on training horses & getting more time in the saddle than I’ve had in years. And, I guess all my hard work has paid off. I’ve achieved Gold Level Certification as a trainer in the Irwin Method of Horsemanship. Words just can’t express what an honour this achievement is.
Thanks to all the horses and people who have been apart of this journey.
Read the article recently published in The Orangeville Citizen …. http://highpointfarm.homestead.com/Articles.html
Ride with Confidence!