Jillian has been working with horses her entire life. In her early years, she participated in horse competitions in the AQHA, APHA, and Open Stock Horse Association. Throughout these early years, she won numerous year-end, high-point awards and futurity classes.
After earning her undergraduate degree, Jillian accepted the head training position at Circle L Ranch in Germany. While abroad, she won three European National Halter Championships, the Circle L Western Pleasure Futurity, and High Point DQHA Horse of the Year, and trained AQHA World Qualifiers.
On her return to the United States from Germany, Jillian completed her Masters Thesis entitled “Desired Muscular Development in the Neck of the Horse: An Equine Observational Communication Tool and Study”. Additionally, Jillian has spent time with Dr. Deb Bennett studying gross anatomy through the school of Equinology and equine Osteopathy at the Vluggen Institute.
Jillian’s deep concern for the health of horses fuels her ongoing study of classical riding and its relationship to sound biomechanics and mental well-being. She continues her riding and in hand education with Manolo Mendez, Stephanie Millham, and Peggy Cummings. Prior to his death in 2016, Jillian studied extensively with Mark Russell.
This body of knowledge aids Jillian in her approach to horsemanship by offering a different perspective. It is her conviction that helping riders learn how the horse’s mind, and all physical systems of the body, work in concert to promote healthy riding and training habits. The benefit of which is freedom of movement.
Because of the horse my learning journey will never end, I grow on a daily basis, I live my passion, and my heart is full.