DHF Owner and Head Trainer Jen Truett
Grand Prix rider and Dancing Horse Farm owner/head trainer Jennifer Truett is a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist, Gold, Silver and Bronze Freestyle Bar recipient, "L" Graduate "with distinction," Certified Instructor through 2nd level and active rider, trainer and competitor in Dressage. She was an elected USDF Region 2 Participating Member Delegate from 2010 to 2017 and held the position of USDF Region 2 Education chair for two years. She was the second person in North America to be accredited by Mary Wanless as a Ride With Your Mind(R) (RWYM) coach.
Jen’s biomechanics-focused "Dare to Dream" training methods have been instrumental in the recovery of several horses who were crippled from injuries or EPM, including her own Hanoverian gelding, Lafayette HQ, AKA "Taffy". Taffy was crippled from a longitudinal fracture along his left hind cannon bone when he and Jen found each other in Oct 2009. The humane choice for his breeder/seller was euthanization, but Jen thought she saw a spark in him she wanted to try to ignite.
With her rehabilitation-focused biomechanics work, he not only recovered completely, but made it all the way to Grand Prix, all in a span of only 6 years! They competed in the GP twice in August 2015 earning Jen the prestigious USDF Gold Medal and the USDF Gold Freestyle Bar! (Jen has won all six USDF medals, one of only a few riders in USDF history to do so.) Along the way, the pair found themselves in the top ten USDF Horse of the Year standings several times in addition to earning multiple Regional champion and reserve neck ribbons.
Testimonial from one of Jen's clinic clients, Sarah McKenzie:
I contacted Jen in September 2016 (after working with another trainer for 6 months) to help me find a special riding partner. I didn’t want just any nice horse; I wanted the middle-age women’s dream horse - gentle, small, young, 3rd level, uncomplicated and yes, even sound. And while I recognized this was an uncommon combination of traits in a dressage horse, I knew Jen was the person to help me when she didn’t try to persuade me to buy something easier to find, e.g. large, aging, hot.
From the start I was impressed with Jen’s approach. She had clear criteria to narrow the search (for example, reviewing x-rays paid by the seller before traveling) and had an excellent vet on call to quickly review medical files. She was efficient and focused. She took my wish list with her on a shopping trip to Europe in November and found my dream horse!
Parker is a 15.2, 6 year old Dutch Warmblood, 3rd level, with the most charming, eager, engaged personality I’ve ever met. He is brave, safe and has beautiful gaits. I never imagine I would own such a high quality horse that is so perfect for me. Every day I’m just happy to own him and happy I met Jen.
Testimonial from Clinic Client Cathy Soller
I had a great ride on my horse Friday, been practicing everything, yes I made a list. I take notes after all my clinics. Saturday everything came together effortlessly. I just sat the trot totally with my horse, he cantered without even considering stopping on me. And I was doing nothing! Just sitting, or so it felt. He worked with an attitude I've never ever seen in him in the 4 years I've had him. Happy! I've always blamed him for a poor work ethic, 30 minutes and he's pretty much done. Saturday 45 minutes and he would easily kept working for me. When I was leaving the arena I actually started to cry, I remember how it feels to be a rider, I am a rider again, thanks to you. I can never really express what you've given to me. I really felt I'd never be a rider again, no feel, finesse or really influencing the horse with quiet aids and balance.
No my ride wasn't perfect, nor was it today. But, I did influence him in positive ways, creating a soft connection, fluid transitions and wonderful harmony. I then had so much confidence that I rode my mare, she makes me nervous, but I was actually giving her confidence. Wow, what a role change. She went quietly on the bit and never spooked!
So thank you for giving me the very best gift in the world. I really really am so grateful. (As are both my horses) they have yet to meet you but both are loving you right now.
Testimonial from Lesson Client Lisa Barnes-Dietrich
Just wanted to say THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! :D I have gotten much more steady in my contact and working on the back of my armpits! My eventing coach has noticed a significant difference. Today at the Snowbird Dressage show that we went to, we earned scores of 69-72 versus previously in the 61-62 range. AND not once was “fussy” mentioned!!! Now its consistent relaxation of topline/suppleness of back! :D Progress! YAY!
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Jen's Show Schedule:
KDA May 26-27 and 28
Colorado CDI Jun 11-4 (Darling only)
Majestic June 9-10,11
KDA July 7-8, 9
Majestic August 12-13
Regionals at Majestic Sep. 14-17
Devon, PA CDI Sep. 26-Oct 1 (Taffy, Darling)
USDF National Finals Nov 9-12
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Jen Truett is now one of the few people in USDF history who have earned all six USDF medals: Bronze, Silver and Gold riding medals and Bronze, Silver and Gold Freestyle Bars! CONGRATS, JEN!!!
Jen's 2017 clinic schedule is now up! Check Jen Truett's clinic page for details.
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Jen Truett is a USDF Certified Instructor through Second Level
Ride With Your Mind
DHF is home to Jennifer Truett, Accredited Mary Wanless Ride With Your Mind Coach-Level 2 Affiliated Coach.
Photo credits for banner: From left: Jen Truett on Lafayette HQ Grand Prix, Photo by Inspired Grace Photography; Jen with Prixie the Dressage Cat, photo by DHF; client Jenny Sedlatschekand her horse, Van, photo by her mom. Bottom row: Kentucky client Ashley Holden Bowles with her horse Ripken, photo by Jen Truett; Minnesota cilent Jeanne Brose and Jen Truett at Regionals, photo by DHF; top of next section, Jen teaching a clinic, photo used with permission; Minnesota client Jeanne Brose with Razi, photo by Jen Truett; Bottom row: DHF Dressage trainer Sheila Wilson on Lone Star, Jen Truett on Taffy, Minnesota client Jeanne Brose on Razi at 2015 regionals. Photo by DHF; Taffy (Lafayette HQ) at a show, photo by Jen Truett; Jen and Taffy in a lesson at Global Dressage Festival, photo by John Sappington. All photos are used with permission. No reproduction without written permission from Dancing Horse Farm. Banner and Website by Lynda Sappington (C) 2017 DHF