Hunter -- Jumper -- equitation -- Horseback Riding Lessons -- Boarding : Contact info 860-655-7520
Lewis Kennard France
Co-Owner/ Facilities Manager
Interests: Working with others, watching NC State sports, working on projects around the barn to improve the facilities.
Personality: Hard working, down to earth, easy to talk to and always up for anything!
Favorite JRF Horse and why: Kay, because she not only is the prettiest horse on the farm, she is my personal horse and can be used in lessons.
Getting to know Kennard: Kennard grew up in Mount Airy NC. He attended Lenoir Rhyne University to play football before transferring to NCSU where he played TE for the Wolf Pack. Kennard graduated with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. After College, Kennard continued to play semi-Pro Football and work in human services. He found that working with all kinds of kids; autistic, mentally disabled, physically disabled, kids who are in gangs, and kids who are growing up in broken homes, can be healed, even if for a little while, through sports. Kennard enjoys athletics and competition and enjoys watching his two daughters compete for JRF Equestrian at horse shows.
Interests: Ground Work, Draft Crosses, Adorable Sparkly Ponies, perfectly clipped horses and live-streaming eventing competitions!
Personality: Super Organized, motivated, commited and compassionate.
Favorite JRF Horse and why: Lyric, because she and I have been together for over 11 years. I purchased her from a PMU foal rescue as a yearling and brought her along. She tells me what she wants to do when she wants to do it, but still has a work ethic...somewhat.
Liza joined JRF in 2015 as a boarder and lesson student with her horse, Lyric. A Raleigh native, Liza began riding lessons at age 7 and has never looked back. in 2006 she graduated from Martin Community College with a degree in Equine Technoligy, focusing on management and training. She has workded for an mananged many farms from small co-ops to larger competitive facilities. Always at home on the farm, it is truly her "happy place".
Also a licensed Professional Counselor Associate when she's not helping manage the horses at JRF, Liza provides therapy here on the farmas a Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist.
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.
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.
Equine Specialist - Full Time
Interests: OTTB's, Eventing, working with young horses and Kiss Kiss the Barn Cat!
Personality: smart, quiet, efficient and always gets the job done!
Favorite JRF Horse and why: Blaze! Cait purchased Blaze after selling her first horse, Jett. Cait has been working with Blaze on Dressage and Gymnastics to help build his body condition and education. Cait and Blaze look forward to showing in 2019!
Getting to know Cait: Cait started riding at the young age of 5 years old!
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.