Jackie has experience in western, English, trail, hunt seat, and dressage. She received her Advanced Equine Science degree from Kishwaukee College. She was a member of the NIU Hunter Seat Equitation and Western Horsemanship teams, where she rode with coach Joleen DeWitt. She moved to Iowa for a year after graduation where she was a groom/assistant trainer for a foxhunting and jumper barn. She then became a professional groom in Ocala, FL where she groomed horses for Jennifer Alfano for international hunter derbies. She has been a coach for the Ogle County 4-H Horse Drill Team, and continues to coach them. Jackie managed her parents small barn for 8 years before moving to Hendrik Stables. She has also ridden under local instructors Juli Realy, and Lara Burau. She wants her students to become great horseman, not just great riders. She wants to get her students involved in the equine industry and open up opportunities for them to expand their learning.
Judith is a American Riding Instructor Association certified instructor with over 15 years experience teaching beginner to advanced riding lessons. Her focus is on dressage principles, and how the rider's position effects the horse.
Jen started out as a trail rider at 17 yrs old using many different types and breeds of horses. 15 years ago she acquired Hendrik, her Friesian Stallion as a foal and started the long process of breaking out Stallions via natural horsemanship. She enjoyed riding in horse fairs/fests in Medieval Reenactment performances and showing in the dressage discipline, with the help of many trainers along the way. Her disciplines run from Dressage to Mounted Shooting to trick horse training. Jen takes a limited amount of students based on their experience and what the student to trying to achieve due to her full time job.