Jennifer O'Brien, will begin her training and lessons program at Topline beginning on March 2, 2020.
Jen's career as a trainer spans 18 years with a focus on blending the practice of horsemanship with the discipline of dressage. Jen was drawn to the principles of horsemanship as a means to develop a rapport with horses. And, she was captivated by the emphasis that dressage places on riding in harmony with the horse's natural movements, which helps develop their athleticism, engage their mind and strengthen their natural gaits.
Jen has a strong passion for sharing her experience and knowledge through teaching and training horses and riders of all levels. She especially enjoys starting young horses and giving them a solid foundational education, as well as helping amateur riders develop their own horses.
Jen's training mission combines elements geared to both horse and rider:
• Horsemanship and safety come first
• Horsemanship is more than just riding and helps to deepen the bond
between horse and rider
• Strive to shape the horse's behavior so that they are a willing partner that
enjoys their work
• Help the horse to be both physically and emotionally prepared for what is
asked of them
• Set the horse up to succeed
• Help riders with their balance and position to become more effective and
allow the horse to move correctly
• Less is more - for riders and horses
• Always reward the smallest try
Jen grew up riding horses at the beach in Ocean Shores where her first instructor was Nancy Fellows. She has been a member of Pony Club and 4-H with state championships under her belt. She began riding dressage at the age of 16 with Kari McClain, a respected owner/trainer/instructor/breeder, licensed FEI 3 Star Judge and USEF judge since 1986. Jen's hard work has paid off and she has earned competitive scores through the fourth level of dressage.
Additionally, Jen is a strong believer in continuing education and has participated in dressage clinics with Dominique Barbier, Heather Bender and Cindy Ishoy. She has also been honored to perform as a demonstration rider for the Cindy Ishoy Symposium.
Jen is well-networked and has a solid reputation in the Pacific Northwest riding community. She is recognized for her dedication, training methodology, conscientious approach with horses and positive, supportive relationship with her clients/students.
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