Achieving Goals and Aiming for New Ones

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Jules Anderson believes in setting goals and more importantly, she knows how to reach them. In the past two years, she's achieved many successes and she's already set out her plans for more in the coming year. "In 2007 I had two main goals. First, I hoped that many of the horses I had in training would graduate to Grand Prix. Second, I wanted my Teamwork Dressage clients to continue experiencing training progress and competitive success while having a great time with their horses and the team," Jules said.

With those goals in mind, Jules went to work and last year brought four more horses up to Grand Prix – horses she had brought along from the start of their careers. "All four of these horses scored over 60 percent their first times out at recognized shows. I am proud of each of them, as they came to dressage rather late, having had previous careers. Solar Chase and Par Avion were eventers and Narobi and Everton-H were ‘failed’ driving horses.  Even more satisfying, many of my loyal Teamwork Dressage clients received high point awards at national shows, collected championships at Regional Finals and attained their USDF bronze, silver and gold medal dreams."

In 2008, Jules started off the year in Florida, which was a highlight of the year for her. "My mother and I decided to spend the season working with Courtney Dye-King with our horses. It was a terrific choice and experience." The Teamwork Dressage horses showed with tremendous success in the 2008 Florida season. Narobi earned a 69 percent in Grand Prix competition before “O” judge Gary Rockwell. Brendan Braveheart qualified for the National FEI Developing Horse Finals and Vivaldi won numerous Third Level classes against tough competition.

It was after the Florida winter season that Jules made the move from Georgia to Virginia. "My mother and I decided to combine our efforts and concentrate on producing and selling well-trained, well-bred, talented dressage prospects. Together we have formed Teamwork Dressage at Jilba." Jules and Libby have a simple philosophy that they employ in their barn – create a warm, caring atmosphere that nurtures both horses and riders. Through a special combination of kindness, courage and dedication, they seek to bring out the best in horses and riders in a supportive manner.

The facilities at the Anderson's Jilba Dressage farm include a covered, Olympic-size dressage ring complete with state-of-the art sound and lighting. Beautiful barns and paddocks exist in a quiet country setting. For the comfort of both riders and horses there are wash racks and a heated tack room. The atmosphere is designed to make the training both comfortable and relaxing.