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"I have had the opportunity and pleasure to work with JJ as both a student and an owner for the last 4 years. I have been fortunate enough to spend long periods of time working with JJ in both Florida and Maryland. I remember one day going into her office in Florida and literally bursting into tears saying, “Why didn’t anyone else ever teach me these things?” JJ has literally “filled in all the holes” and has taken my riding to a new level and understanding. Many of her students have to work without regular help (in between clinics with her) and she teaches you to be a thinking rider; she has given me the tools to work with my horses on my own.
What can I say as an owner? JJ rode my mare, Rosentanz, to the title of “2009 Training level Horse of the Year” with many scores over 80+%. It doesn’t get any better than that! As a breeder, having a successful young horse out there has brought a lot of attention to my breeding program.
Thank you, JJ!"
– Jackie Nixon-Fulton Wild Oaks Ranch, MD
"For the past 13 years, JJ has been my main instructor. We began working together soon after she began her training business in Wisconsin. For a number of years I would ride with her in at least 4 clinics a year. From the beginning I found her to be a very enthusiastic, articulate and knowledgeable instructor. Most recent to riding with JJ my equestrian education had been influenced by Charles de Kunffy through riding clinics as well as his instructor program. JJ was exactly what I needed! Having also been trained by Charles, she taught according to his system, with influence from Gyula Dallos whom she trained with in Hungary. It was the perfect combination for me!
Through the years JJ has continued to be dedicated to teaching and training according to the classical principles of riding. She has a special ability to articulate her knowledge with her students. JJ creates an atmosphere of learning where neither the horse nor the rider are afraid to make mistakes. Her teaching manner is always encouraging and supportive toward both the rider AND the horse.
With JJ’s influence I have achieved many competitive goals with numerous and varying horses but more importantly, I’ve been able to experience a level of communication with my horses that has made our lives richer.
I truly enjoy sharing my equestrian journey with JJ, not only while on horseback but also with the books that we share and our long training discussions and being reminded by each other of the many quotes from our mentor, Charles! (“Charles is always right!”)
JJ is one of those unique combinations of people that can ride, train and teach….all at the top of her profession!