Hunter -- Jumper -- equitation -- Horseback Riding Lessons -- Boarding : Contact info 860-655-7520
Interests: building relationships with rescue horses, barrel racing and teaching the JRF students about horse care while intergrading math and science.
Personality: Funny, engaging, genuine and down to earth.
Favorite JRF Horse and why: Nate, because I have owned him for 20 years and he has been my best friend through every aspect of our lives.
At 8 years old, Elisabeth began riding hunter jumper under the training of Ellen Wells. Her passion for horses was exhibited through eagerly completing barn chores as a stable hand and working as an instructors's assistant grooming and tacking lesson horses in exchange to ride "Her" ponies. Her willingness to work hard provided her with the opportunity to ride a variety of horses and ponies. Being brave and determined, as well as riding with natural ability, Elisabeth specialized in her youth training green ponies for the lesson program. With this privilege, she gained a broad understanding of horse behavior both on the ground and under saddle. It was through her hard work and dedication that she began her equestrian career.
Elisabeth began instructing in 2010 and has since taught jumping and barrel racing to riders of all ages, as well as managed a summer riding camp program. She focuses on teaching the rider to communicate with the horse using proper cues to establish a balanced and effective seat.
For Elisabeth, working with horses gives a remarkable sense of virtue that she can attribute to of all aspects of life. With that understanding, she has found the experience teaching comes with great reward for both her and her students. She believes that everything you need to know can be found in the presence of a horse. Whether mucking stalls, cleaning tack or bravely taking a jump, all the responsibilities as an equestrian builds immeasurable character.
Elisabeth continues her training under Jana France, expanding her knowledge and experience in jumpers, hunters, equitation and dressage. She continues to work with green and unfinished horses and looks forward to refining her abilities as a ride with the humble pursuit that there is always more to learn.
Jennifer fell in love with horses at the young age of 4. Every aspect of horses have been a life long passion, from cleaning stalls to beating their best time on the barrels. Jennifer and her horse, Nate, joined the JRF family in 2015 and say that they "finally found their forever home." She treats every horse with respect and shows them love as if they were her own. Jennifer serves loyally at JRF Equestrian and loves to meet new people and horses!
Owner and Head Trainer
Interest: Eventing, Hunters, Green horses, OTTB, Intermediate to Advanced Students looking to show.
Personality: Sarcastic, Hard-Working, Determined, Big Heart, Funny and Family Oriented.
Favorite JRF Horse and Why: "Rachael" because she is kind, safe, loves to teach multiple levels and babysits my 6 year old daughter when mommy is working.
Interest: Project Horses, Beginner to Intermediate Riders, Ponies, Jumpers and all that's in-between.
Personality: Smart, Funny, makes everything a learning experience and versatile.
Favorite JRF Horse and Why: Ya King, because he offers an intelligent ride with the genes to back it up while keeping the rider engaged throughout the workout.
Jana's love for horses started at the age of 4 when she went on a pony ride at a local fair. From that point on, she was hooked! She begged her father for a pony every day until he grew tired and gave in...
In a short amount of time, Jana got her first pony, a small grey older gelding. This little pony enjoyed bucking, pulling down for grass, going too slow when asked to move on and going too fast when asked to slow down. This little guy was a challenge to say the least. After realizing this little pony wasn't going to deter Jana from her passion, Mom and Dad retired the little pony and signed Jana up for professional lessons. It was from that point Mom and Dad knew horses were a part of Jana.
During grade school years, Jana worked on developing her skills and learning how to care for horses. When Jana graduated into middle and high school, she found herself competing on the rated circuit almost every weekend and earning herself recruitment letters from local universities. Although Jana attended CCSU on a track scholarship, she still came home to compete when she could.
After graduating college, Jana took horses on full time, assisting her trainer at breed shows, breaking green horses, starting youngsters and teaching beginner lessons. Over the following years, Jana attended clinics, showed, and was hired to manage a lesson and training barn. Those skills helped to build the trainer inside her. Jana learned exactly what she wanted to offer the horse world and how to branch off on her own.
Jana enjoys teaching and working with horses who are young, misunderstood, and or needs some fine tuning.