In Memoriam - Jane E. Savoie

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
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Jane E. Savoie, 71, of Berlin, Vermont, passed away Monday morning, January 4, 2021 at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin of complications from multiple myeloma, that she fought with great courage since 2015. 

Jane was born April 15, 1949 in Worcester, MA; the daughter of Benjamin & Lorraine (Tushman) Elkind.  She was raised in Natick, MA where she graduated from High School, then received her Bachelors Degree in Animal Science from University of Massachusetts.  Jane met Rhett Savoie in college and they married March 24, 1974 at Martha-Mary Chapel in Sudbury, MA. 

Jane and Rhett first lived in Amherst, MA before moving to Randolph, VT in 1976; Randolph Center a year later; and finally to Berlin, VT in 2008.  Since 1988, they wintered in Wellington, FL where an active and international equestrian community thrives. 

Jane began her lifelong love for horses as a child.  After graduating from college Jane did research in animal science and enrolled in the riding program at the University of Massachusetts.  At that time she bought her first horse, a thoroughbred for $500. It was with her first horse, she became interested in dressage. This was the beginning of her life long career as trainer, teacher, author, motivational speaker and is known and respected world wide.

Jane Savoie was an alternate for the U.S. Olympic Dressage team in Barcelona in 1992 and coached at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics. Jane Savoie was inducted into the US Dressage Association's Hall of Fame in December 2019. 

Jane published six books on sports psychology, dressage and jumping that have been translated into eight languages. She produced two video series, “Train with Jane” and “Happy Horse” courses that has enjoyed worldwide success. 

Jane was passionate about helping adult amateur riders progress in the demanding sport / art of dressage while also developing a Happy Horse.

In later years, Jane practiced Ballroom dancing; competing as an amateur with commitment, positivity, grace and energy, in much the same way she approached her extremely active and interesting life.  At the time of her death, she had her first novel going to press. 

Jane was a magnetic force to be around and will be so sadly missed and greatly treasured by many friends and hundreds of her students.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Rhett Savoie of Berlin; one sister, Rhonda, close friends (you know who you are!); many in the horse and dancing worlds. 

A private family gathering and burial in Massachusetts will be held at the convenience of the family.  Contributions in her memory may be made to Central Vermont Dressage Association (C/O Andrea Albee 566 S. Main St  Brattleboro, VT 05301 attn:  Jane Savoie); or to Green Mountain Horse Association (PO Box 8  So. Woodstock, VT 05071 with a reference to Jane Savoie)  Online condolences may be left at  Arrangements are by the Day Funeral Home in Randolph, VT