"I have been riding with Jonna for almost two years now.
Horses have always been a passion but prior to taking lessons with Jonna, I had ridden on and off a number of times without
ever being able to learn in a consistent manner. What I have liked about Jonna’s style since the beginning is that her
dressage lesson is less “academic” and instead focuses on the rider’s relationship and communication with
the horse, not only making sense of what we’re trying to accomplish and how to do it but also why. And her
upbeat attitude is always fun and encouraging, even when having to work through challenges. Jonna’s helped me in many
ways: all aspects of buying a horse and tack, developing self-assurance riding, drastically improving my riding from basic
riding to dressage level 1, and helping better understand my new horse Smokey and work with him. Although he was very sweet
and safe from the start, he and I were having refusal issues early on that may have been brought on by one of many possible
issues, or a combination. We worked together to identify all the possible causes and progressively worked through every one
of them, from improving his diet to developing my confidence as a rider and ensuring that I keep him engaged throughout the
ride. We’ve made so much progress as a team over the past few months it’s like he’s a different horse (or
I’m a different rider)! Learning with Jonna and Smokey has truly been a blast and I feel very fortunate to have both
an awesome horse and such a skilled trainer." Agnes
|Hope Riding Patrick
After years of taking lessons at several different barns I found the
right fit with Jonna and her barn. I rode her schoolmaster Frenchy, and was very impressed by his temperament, patience, and
amount of training. The barn is small, safe, and unpretentious, and I enjoy spending time with all the horses, their owners,
and other riders. We soon realized that I was ready for my own horse and Jonna helped me with all the details.
Together we found Patrick, and in the past year we have made tremendous progress with his training. I feel very lucky to have
an educated trainer with me every step of the way.
|Erin Riding Sholder-in on Frenchy
I have been riding for 11 years and after selling my horse when I went to college, I wanted to further my dressage training.
I found Jonna and went to have a lesson from her. I rode her horse Frenchy and was impressed by how technical she was
with what she wanted me to do. If she wanted me to change something with my position we would discuss the different
approach and its advantages. If I wasn't able to understand something she would demonstrate it on the horse for
me. Since taking lessons I have improved my lateral movements by understanding exactly how each part of my body make
a different part of the horse move.
Jonna's horse Frenchy that I ride is a true school master.
He is very well trained but yet will challenge you, making sure that you ask for each movement correct. I have never
ridden a horse before that has such a kind heart, he will give all he has to you. I look forward to every lesson that
|Ursula riding Alamoso
I purchased Alamoso a
few years ago and had moments where I thought that it was a mistake.
Jonna has been extremely helpful and patient, her ability to take a problem, break it down and examine each piece has been
the perfect approach for both myself and my horse. It is a rare quality to find an educated trainer without a personal competitive
agenda. Myself and others who know my horse are amazed at the progress we are making. I am looking forward to what we can
achieve in the future with Jonna's guidance.