I understand your concern and can assure you that there is no criticism on this site. I had exactly the same concerns when I first started the program but made the choice to follow this program only and not compete. That was my personal decision, and the right one for me. My husband Terry on the other hand, who is also a QS member and currently a level 1 graduate with one horse and working on level 2 as well as working on level 1 with another horse, has remained in competition. He also competes in campdrafting and both horses he is working with compete regularly in drafting. I think the key to success is to work through the program in it entirety following the program, completing assignments. If you want to compete as well go for it. I don't think success will come easily if you try to only pluck bits and pieces from the program as all you'll end up getting back out of the program is bits and pieces in return. Go along to that course with Deb, I promise you that once embraced you will never look back.
Thanks Lou, that was my thinking, follow the program properly, and to try all techniques and complete the assignments. When campdraft training I would use my campdraft stuff on top of not instead of the QS training if that makes sense. I had just heard that some people in certain programs are a bit pushy, and thought I'd stick my head in and check first :-)
Good to hear other drafters are using QS too :-)