I'm Jane, here's a bit about my background. From the beginning of my memory I have always loved horses. At age four my parents made me so happy by helping me to begin riding with a family friend who had a working training barn. I looked like a postage stamp on the back of that first horse..my first teacher. Horses were my focus in life from that age forward. I rode any horse at any opportunity, read every book and watched all the horse movies! I was obsessed and that obsession has become my passion and my life's work.
I took lessons in jumping , western and eventually dressage. I rode for miles on the trails, up and down the canyons of Southern California where I grew up, have shown in open, breed and dressage shows up and down the west coast. I've been fortunate to have received excellent training from excellent teachers. I teach because I love both teaching and horses. My goal is to help you learn , attain your riding goals and to help you have a wonderful relationship with your horse!
I organize my teaching of each horse and rider around this basic philosophy. We ride because we love horses, so we must respect their nature and work to instill trust and understanding between horse and rider. When the relationship is right, horse and rider enjoy their work together.
Each horse, each rider is special with their unique qualities and talents. My work is to bring out the best for all. Riding and teaching take dedication. It's possible for each horse and rider to find joy and understanding in their work together. Each horse, no matter their breed or type can attain a high level of schooling.
The nature of the horse, what a horse is, how he thinks, how he moves guides my training with each horse. Using natural techniques along with traditional dressage schooling I educate both horse and rider to work together with clarity and understanding.
The founding principle of the School of Légèreté is absolute respect of the horse. It is a understandable and reliable training plan with clear principles, efficient methods and procedures that fully respect the nature of the horse and applies to all horses.
The methods of the School of Légèreté can be used for any horse, no matter the breed or type, to develop each horse to its fullest abilities including flying changes, piaffe, passage and spanish walk. These skills are not just reserved for "fancy horses." Correct, traditional, classical french dressage addresses the needs of every horse and rider who wants to be able to ride in lightness and understanding with their horse.
“I am committed to these methods as taught by Mr. Karl and the other instructors from the Ecole de Légèreté that I have had the privilege to have trained with. I am so pleased with the relaxation and advancements in the training with all of the horses I work with. The training methods of Légèreté promote both relaxation and a clearer understanding of the aids and exercises for both the horses and their riders…bringing about a deepening of the understanding and positive relationship between the horse and his rider.”