This is excellent advice Jerry, and Andy has been the voice of
reason for many of us.
I remember years ago when the governing body of the equestrian
sports brought up the brilliant idea of certification and licensing.
(By the way it ended up being a 25+ year ‘discussion’ which ended up
splitting up the National and International Boards but that’s another
There was a period of time, when we had many international coaches
and trainers in this country, many of whom did not have a clear grasp
of the language but they could produce top international horses that
were Olympic caliber down to the family sport horse on the show
circuit. Time and time again they were available for workshops, or
clinics, or apprentice programs.
The work was endless, hard, and quickly weeded out the people who
were looking for quick results.
The single most important thing I took away from these programs was
a good work ethic. With this, you could pursue many careers.
Talking to some of the top trainers and coaches, the response was
all the same. " You can go to school to become certified and
licensed, but who will teach you what you need to know about the path
and journey there?"
In our arena, as in my equestrian one, education and learning the
steps along the way to creating, whether it’s with metals, gems, or
horses, is crucial. Workshops are critical to stay current in your
career. Clearly education is important, but for those of us who may
not be in a position to go to a four year school, internships,
apprenticeships, and books and just plain ‘working it out’, go hand
and hand with whatever success you have.
One thing that sticks in my mind was a statement from Capt. Nadasy,
and I have passed it on to the hundreds of students I’ve taught over
"Never forget how to use a broom."