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.
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.
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.
Larissa started her riding career at the age of 3, receiving lessons in Brazil and it’s become her passion since day one. She began showing at the age of 5, with a focus in show jumping. She’s stayed true to the sport and learned every step of the way. She never let any set back stop her from achieving her goals.
When Larissa was 15 she moved to the United States to be closer to her family. After finishing high school she decided to further her equine studies at Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center. With already many years of hands on equestrian experience, hard work, and dedication to her passion. Larissa graduated in 2018 with all honors and a Training Certification, in addition she received special remarks and awards from the dean at graduation.
While attending school Larissa developed a better understanding of the communication between horse and rider, will doing so she found an interest in sharing her knowledge and passion.
Assisting Horse Trainer/ Riding Instructor
Interest: Green project horses, Warmbloods, Showing, Jumpers, teaching beginner to intermediate riders.
Personality: Passionate, overachiever, knowledgeable and great with kids!
Favorite JRF Horse and Why: Rachael, because she is kind and forgiving and can teach all riders at all levels.
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 daughter when mommy is working.
Dressage--Hunter -- Jumper -- equitation -- Horseback Riding Lessons -- Boarding : Contact info 860-655-7520
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.
Assisting Barn Manager
Interests: Taking care of the horses, thoroughbreds, ponies, watching horse shows and jumping!
Personality: Quiet, Intelligent and Diligent.
Favorite JRF Horse and why: Prince Charming "Prince", because he is always happy to see anyone and loves to just hang around the barn! His ears say it all when I feed him breakfast lunch and dinner and listen to the sweet sound of him slobbering up his liquid "old man meals"!
Alexa joined JRF in 2020 as a part time/ weekend worker while she pursues her BS of Zoology and Wildlife Research at NC State (Go Wolfpack!). She has proven to be on top of everything going on at the barn and has offered a great sense of calmness and confidence within our boarders.
Alexa started riding at the young age of 6 years old in Mississippi where she worked with a lot of rescues and focused on their ground work. From here, she could bond with the horses. She also helped with feeding and care of all the horses, before she moved to Virginia. In Virginia, she started showing and training. Alexa competed for 6 years from short stirrup to the 3'0" and participated in the IEA for 4 years. It was her dedication and compassion to the IEA that named her captain and horse manager! Soon after, Alexa moved to Raleigh to attend NC State to complete her passion and major/minor in Zoology/ Wildlife Research. She enjoys riding her girl, Cora, and popping over jumps without any care in the world like it was meant to be.