Interested in Educational Events hosted by Team Tate?
Get inspired at both Blue Ridge Farm in Landrum, South Carolina and Yellow Bird Farm in Wellington, Florida. Team Tate regularly hosts:
Charles de Kunffy
Susanne von Dietze-Pollak
Clinics with JJ Tate
Lectures & Courses
"I met Jessica at a clinic many years ago. It was a great pleasure to work with JJ, and her very fine horses. In fact, teaching Jessica was really not work at all, we had fun together correcting a few small mistakes. JJ’s classical seat and her immediate execution of my corrections was a great help.
What impressed me the most at our first meeting was that JJ wasn’t influenced by the new riding style, Rollkur (where you make the horse helpless and take its pride away). She remained true to classical training, where a partnership, with equal trust and respect, is built up. The horse is taught to strengthen soul and body. Everything that the horse does in nature will be refined and brought under control, but without force, and it can recall it at any time. We have to reach a horse’s limit, but to keep the horse healthy for many years, never exceed it.
I lost contact with JJ for some time, but at a symposium (with Mr. Christoph Hess in Wellington, FL) we met again. Immediately we arranged a date for a clinic.
It was a great pleasure for me to work again with such a very talented rider, whose occupation is also her passion. Her classical training has not changed.
Mr. Charles de Kunffy is a big factor in helping J.J. stay with classical dressage training. Presently, this is not easy to commit to. Only riders who are 100% convinced about the classical riding style will be loyal to it.
This kind of attitude already existed in the earlier days, where, to those who wanted to have quick successes, it didn’t matter that our loyal horses had to suffer. It is incorrect to blame the horse for a mistake, especially when it is really a misunderstanding of our aids, and the horse reacts differently than we expected. We have to give our aids such that the horse understands them. It is not the horse that has to adjust to us, but us that has to adjust to the horse. It is necessary that we learn the horse’s language: their reaction to our aids and their surroundings.
“The more you know, the more you know what you don’t know”. A good rider like JJ is aware of the truth of this statement, and because of that she always tries to learn more. All of her horses and students profit from this. I would trust her with my horses.
JJ stay as you are and let your good instinct lead you. "