Dressage Rider, Trainer, Clinician
If she doesn’t have enough on her plate already Jodie is pursuing a degree in Journalism from the University of West Florida. “I take classes during the summer and fall and take the spring off while I am in Wellington,” she says. “It is a long, slow process with me riding full time, but I will graduate!” A B.A. in Journalism will be yet another feather in her cap.
Jodie’s ultimate plan would be to represent the U.S. internationally and possibly at a World Games. “I am realistic about it though and will continue to enjoy the journey,” she says. “My plan right now is to bring my young horses along and develop into being the best Grand Prix rider I can be.”
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"I can’t imagine life without horses,” she states. “They always have and always will be a permanent fixture in my life. My career chose me, it wasn’t one of those things that I woke up one day and said, ‘I’m going to train horses for a living’.
I always rode my own horse and one day someone asked me to ride their horse, then someone asked me to help them with theirs, and it all snowballed and here I am.” Lucky for the rest of us, Jodie’s perfect career found her.
Like all successful riders Jodie continues to campaign herself as an FEI rider despite the rising costs. She is still open to new sponsors and is thankful to those who continue to support her on her rise to the top of a very competitive yet rewarding sport.
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