Great Clients That Include Hunter/Jumpers

Jodie Kelly
Dressage Rider, Trainer, Clinician

Jodie has several talented juniors, young riders and adult amateurs and considers her role more as rider and trainer than teacher.  “At first, I found teaching to be hard, because I do everything by feel.  Over the years, I have gotten much better at explaining my thoughts and getting them across without having to get on and show my students.”

Student Cindy Carpenter has known Jodie for more than 10 years and has been training with her for the past four.  “I used to compete in local hunter shows, and she always beat everyone with her pony,” Cindy says.  She then crossed paths with Jodie at a clinic Jodie gave in Panama City.

"She was only 18 years old at the time but exuded knowledge and competence,” says Cindy.  “When I purchased a new dressage horse a year later, I knew I wanted to train with Jodie.  I’ve been riding and showing for almost 40 years, and I’ve worked with many trainers.  What makes Jodie different is her commitment to her clients.  She really cares about both me and my horses.

I’m an adult amateur trying to balance both a career and riding.  Whenever I struggle with my riding Jodie’s always there to help me believe in myself.  Jodie makes me want to be a better rider, she sets a great example in the way she teaches and the way she trains.

Both as a person and an instructor Jodie is one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever known. My husband (Glen) and I have made lifelong friends through our association with Jodie and her family.”

Jodie enjoys all her clients including a group of jumper kids that she trains who do the big hunter circuit with Christina Schlusemeyer.  “We focus mainly on flat work, and my former jumping days gives me just enough experience to help them jump a few times a month,” says Jodie.  “Though Christina and I are from different disciplines, we both share the same feelings of how important flat work and throughness is and how important it is for the horses to be ridden on their hind leg, whether they are in a dressage test, or a jumping course, the balance must be there.  All my hunter/jumper kids do shoulder-in, haunches-in, leg yields, counter canter and can out sit trot all the other kids at the shows!  Christina and I stay in regular contact, and I always get glowing reports of their improvements from when they are between shows.  Some of the kids are nationally ranked, and three of the ponies went to the 2008 USEF Pony Finals.

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