Coach – Available for Freelance
Jennalyn started riding when she was 9 years old. She spent the first few years of her career in the hunter ring. When Jenna was 15 she purchased her first horse, a 4 year old standardbred/quarter horse mare that was green broke. After spending the winter training, Jenna and her mount Chilli Pepper went on to compete in the jumpers and some eventing within Pony club finishing as yearend champion. Jenna sold Pepper and purchased herself a Thoroughbred gelding. With this horse Jenna moved to the A-circuit jumpers competing in the 1.m jumpers and medal classes. During her high school years Jenna took multiple opportunities to ride with the late British rider Tim Grubb at horse shows, and clinics, and improving her knowledge and skills.
After high school Jennalyn moved to Olds Alberta to study Equine Science and Equine Management at Olds College. Here is where she studied how to properly care for and manage a horse farm. She studied everything from health care, to breeding, to starting youngsters, and even driving draft horses. Jennalyn graduated with honours and got a job with Beth Underhill after graduation.
Working with Beth Underhill was a great learning experience for Jennalyn. She was able to use her knowledge she was taught at Olds to provide the best care possible to Beth’s grand prix horses, and clients’ horses. Traveling to shows in the States, and Quebec was a great experience to learn all the ins and outs of the horse industry and she made great connections. Jenna was able to learn a lot from Beth about coaching, and training horses at the higher level. At the end of the show season in 2010 Jenna moved on to Wendigo Farms.
Wendigo Farms provided Jennalyn the opportunity to use all of her experience and knowledge to help the business grow and become a competitive A-circuit barn. During her time working at Wendigo, Jenna also taught freelance on the side, from beginner to advanced students. Working closely with Allie, Jenna was able to improve her teaching skills and took on more of a coaching role at Wendigo and is now the assistant trainer and coach. She has been given ample opportunities to ride the show horses and assist in training all of the youngsters that come through the barn. With all of the added riding and training, this has allowed Jennalyns riding ability to advance even more. She assists in competing the sales horses at various levels on competition and has also gotten back into the show ring for herself on her new mount. Jenna lyn takes advantage of every opportunity that is presented to her such as watching and learning from Mark Hayes, Roberto Terran and Jill Henslewood as they work with Allie and her horses.She also takes what she learns and applies it to her students at Wendigo and helps Allie in evolving the training programs.
Jennalyn acquired Ellis; a 2004 Hanoverian mare in April 2011. This talented mare doesn’t have much show experience, but Jenna hopes to have her in the 1.25m classes by the end of the 2012 show season.