"In 2002 I was an adequate second level rider, in 2007 I won the USDF Adult Amateur Champion at Grand Prix. This remarkable accomplishment was due entirely to Jane. From recommending the horse that I purchased to her careful coaching and training of me, she transformed everything about my riding and brought out the best. Jane is a yenta (matchmaker), for horse and rider. She found Marlow while looking for horses for her other students. He was an extremely talented 13 year old Swedish gelding performing at PSG with a penchant for unloading riders lacking hutzpa (self-confidence). Jane, having worked with me for the past 3 years, knew me and knew that I am both determined and capable of staying on. It was love at first bite.
In the first year in our lessons she would often warm the horse up for me, getting him through and straight. I would then get on to feel what she had, ride a bit, then get stuck and she’d get back on. Sometimes we would swap riding four or even five times in a lesson until I got the feel. Jane never lost patience, nor did she ever lose hope that I’d figure it out. I remember the day when I learned what ‘in front of the leg’ really was. It was quite the epiphany. Jane was even more delighted than I was!
In 2003 we were third at PSG and 6th at I-1 for the USDF Adult Amateur. We also won first place all breeds for Swedish horses. It was that year that Jane decided Marlow had the ability to go all the way to Grand Prix. I sustained an injury on another horse and after the finals and could not ride for a while. We decided Jane would ride Marlow for a few months. During this time Jane taught Marlow 1’s, and polished the piaffe/passage and transitions while I cheered and watched from the sidelines. What is remarkable about this is that Jane taught Marlow the basic Grand Prix movements in two months. Even more remarkable, for the next 3 years she did not train the horse, she trained me to train the horse. In 2005 I received my USDF Gold Medal and then two years later, the penultimate adult amateur award, the USDF Grand Prix..
Jane has a number of qualities that I have not found in any other trainer:
• I have watched her develop three horses to Grand Prix for other riders, not to mention the three before that. Nobody in Northern California can claim this.
• She has an amazing ability to describe what you are looking for feel-wise as well as what the exercise should achieve. This ability translates directly to rider success, she has coached three riders to Grand Prix and a fourth is on her way.
• She is an extraordinarily kind and honest horse person. She will give you the shirt off your back and she is always honest about the costs, there are never any hidden or extraneous commissions or charges
• Jane is breed agnostic, she is as happy teaching a quarter horse as a Hannoverian
Your dreams can come true if you ride with Jane!"