I am hoping for suggestions on how to get going again. I am an experienced rider, grew up H/J, worked as an exercise rider and assistant at a three-day eventing barn, also took dressage lessons as a young adult, and owned a horse growing up. For the past 3 years I have only been riding off and on because of grad school and expenses. All of my riding experience and horsey network is in California but I recently moved out of state to Salt Lake City, UT.
I am now looking to get back into riding but want to try different disciplines and would love to try some western riding and maybe get into APHA showing but I do not know where to start in a different discipline. I am also interested in getting a weanling and learning how to bring up a young horse with the help of a trainer with the goal of eventually competing and also just having fun.
My question is, how would you suggest finding and approaching a trainer who is willing to help you learn how to bring up a young horse in the context of a show barn? My ideal situation would be to be learning more about western disciplines while I have a young horse but feel intimidated approaching performance barns with no experience in their discipline and also looking for guidance with a young horse at the same time, if that makes sense.