West Palms Events Establishes New Trainer Committee to Improve Events Through Suggestions and Feedback

At West Palms Events, we strive to provide a horse show experience that is positive, enjoyable, competitive and above all, safe for both riders and their equine partners. To that end, we recently established a Trainer Committee that will allow us to hear directly from the trainers attending our shows.

The first Trainer Committee meeting was held on June 2, 2015, after the conclusion of our inaugural show series at the new Paso Robles Horse Park.  During open discussions, we discovered what our trainers loved and appreciated about our shows, while also pinpointing ways we could improve on our events and make them even better. While many of the initial comments and suggestions relate directly to Paso Robles, trainers also provided feedback on other events as well. We are actively encouraging trainers, competitors, owners, and the like to participate in future suggestions at our events as well, similarly to our survey at the Central California Horse Show Series. Thank you to all who gave us feedback at the Paso Robles Horse Park! Without feedback from the attendees, we have no way of knowing where we stand, where we excel, and where we need to improve.

 

Emma Waldfogel and King’s Peak compete in the USHJA International Hunter Derby
Trainer Mark Bone, a member of the West Palms Events Trainer Committee watches
Photo By: Alden Corrigan

According to Dale Harvey, “The Trainer Committee is a fantastic idea and we are fully vested in delivering high quality equestrian events and to do that, my team and I rely heavily on feedback from those attending our shows. We plan to listen carefully to what the Trainer Committee has to say, and implement their suggestions and ideas wherever possible.” He added, “On the other hand, it’s also great to get positive feedback, and find out that we are on the right track a majority of the time.”

Lindsay Archer, a member of the West Palms Events Trainer Committee, center,
and sponsor of the Style of Riding Awards
with Lilly Goldstein, winner of the Pony Style Of Riding Award,
and her trainer Theresa Petyo Wallace
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

Here are some highlights from our first Trainer Committee meeting:

  • More prize money in more divisions in the Hunters. Competitors would like more opportunities to win back the money they are spending. Trainer Mark Bone commented that he would really like to see greater prize money in the pre-green divisions because those are the horses on his dime. Providing greater prize money in some of the Hunter divisions would bring West Palms Events more in line with other show management organizations.
  • Paso Robles was a spectacular success. Everyone who attended the Central California Memorial Day Classic and/or the Central California Classic in Paso Robles had extremely positive comments and feedback. The Archers said that they loved the venue and told colleagues who asked about it just how amazing it was.
  • Food and shade: areas for improvement at Paso Robles. Trainers collectively mentioned food quality/availability and the lack of shade as needed improvements, but in general, everything else about Paso Robles garnered high praise.
  • Exchange LD Hayes Arena for Jumper Warm-up. Trainers recommended that we swap the LD Hayes Arena with the jumper warm-up instead.
  • Expand Paso Robles to a four-week series. Many trainers suggested this, and Liz Reilly said she would love it. They all said we would get a great deal of support if we went to a four-week format next year!
  • Improve Del Mar Fairgrounds’ footing. West Palms is working intently on fixing this situation and we will keep competitors updated on this topic.
  • Possibility of shows at Paso Robles during the Winter season. Trainers also expressed interest in a Winter show series at Paso Robles, and we will look into opportunities and future dates!

All in all, the first Trainer Committee meeting was a resounding success, and the West Palms Events team is already working on implementing improvements gleaned from suggestions and comments. Thanks to all who participated, and we look forward to hearing from more of our trainers at the next meeting!  Together we can work toward ensuring our events exceed expectations on every level!

Stay up to date on all our exciting events and the 2015 show season by visiting our website and following us on Facebook!

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West Palms Events Establishes New Trainer Committee to Improve Events Through Suggestions and Feedback

At West Palms Events, we strive to provide a horse show experience that is positive, enjoyable, competitive and above all, safe for both riders and their equine partners. To that end, we recently established a Trainer Committee that will allow us to hear directly from the trainers attending our shows.

The first Trainer Committee meeting was held on June 2, 2015, after the conclusion of our inaugural show series at the new Paso Robles Horse Park.  During open discussions, we discovered what our trainers loved and appreciated about our shows, while also pinpointing ways we could improve on our events and make them even better. While many of the initial comments and suggestions relate directly to Paso Robles, trainers also provided feedback on other events as well. We are actively encouraging trainers, competitors, owners, and the like to participate in future suggestions at our events as well, similarly to our survey at the Central California Horse Show Series. Thank you to all who gave us feedback at the Paso Robles Horse Park! Without feedback from the attendees, we have no way of knowing where we stand, where we excel, and where we need to improve.

 

Emma Waldfogel and King’s Peak compete in the USHJA International Hunter Derby
Trainer Mark Bone, a member of the West Palms Events Trainer Committee watches
Photo By: Alden Corrigan

According to Dale Harvey, “The Trainer Committee is a fantastic idea and we are fully vested in delivering high quality equestrian events and to do that, my team and I rely heavily on feedback from those attending our shows. We plan to listen carefully to what the Trainer Committee has to say, and implement their suggestions and ideas wherever possible.” He added, “On the other hand, it’s also great to get positive feedback, and find out that we are on the right track a majority of the time.”

Lindsay Archer, a member of the West Palms Events Trainer Committee, center,
and sponsor of the Style of Riding Awards
with Lilly Goldstein, winner of the Pony Style Of Riding Award,
and her trainer Theresa Petyo Wallace
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

Here are some highlights from our first Trainer Committee meeting:

  • More prize money in more divisions in the Hunters. Competitors would like more opportunities to win back the money they are spending. Trainer Mark Bone commented that he would really like to see greater prize money in the pre-green divisions because those are the horses on his dime. Providing greater prize money in some of the Hunter divisions would bring West Palms Events more in line with other show management organizations.
  • Paso Robles was a spectacular success. Everyone who attended the Central California Memorial Day Classic and/or the Central California Classic in Paso Robles had extremely positive comments and feedback. The Archers said that they loved the venue and told colleagues who asked about it just how amazing it was.
  • Food and shade: areas for improvement at Paso Robles. Trainers collectively mentioned food quality/availability and the lack of shade as needed improvements, but in general, everything else about Paso Robles garnered high praise.
  • Exchange LD Hayes Arena for Jumper Warm-up. Trainers recommended that we swap the LD Hayes Arena with the jumper warm-up instead.
  • Expand Paso Robles to a four-week series. Many trainers suggested this, and Liz Reilly said she would love it. They all said we would get a great deal of support if we went to a four-week format next year!
  • Improve Del Mar Fairgrounds’ footing. West Palms is working intently on fixing this situation and we will keep competitors updated on this topic.
  • Possibility of shows at Paso Robles during the Winter season. Trainers also expressed interest in a Winter show series at Paso Robles, and we will look into opportunities and future dates!

All in all, the first Trainer Committee meeting was a resounding success, and the West Palms Events team is already working on implementing improvements gleaned from suggestions and comments. Thanks to all who participated, and we look forward to hearing from more of our trainers at the next meeting!  Together we can work toward ensuring our events exceed expectations on every level!

Stay up to date on all our exciting events and the 2015 show season by visiting our website and following us on Facebook!

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