*I* have been chosen (cue majestic music here) to participate in Jane Savioe’s “Elite Coaching” Program.
This year-long program is quite extensive. It includes in-person training at your farm as well as follow-up through video critique and phone consultations.
I got a kick out of it, so I replied.
For the low, low price of $100,000 per year….
Not that it didn’t sound fun. Five personal visits, unlimited email, monthly phone consultations, tailored training program, meet at wellington for her personal insight into each movement of every test, and a visit to a top trainer’s barn.
But let me be frank… That’s a ridiculous amount of money. Lets further the persona of elitism in dressage by again highlighting the disparity between the “have’s” and the “have not’s”. I am a “have not”. Even if I mortgaged my house to the hilt I’d still be several tens of thousands shy of that price tag. I bet the cost of the flight to Wellington and hotel accommodations aren’t included either.
For that amount of money, I could take 500 lessons with the trainer who was short listed for the Olympics, or 600 lessons with the trainer that was long listed for the Olympics. Or I could take 2,000 lessons with my trainer (who i get huge discounts with, and I think is fantastic already). Or a whopping 5 lessons with Jane Savoie.
Not that I have a financial choice in my decision, but I can’t see the “Elite Coaching” as a wise investment.