DHF Owner and Head Trainer Jen Truett
aDancing Horse Farm owner/head trainer and USEF Developing Program Rider 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 has been an elected USDF Region 2 Participating Member Delegate since 2010 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 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! 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.
What makes Jen Truett's Dare to Dream Training Method Different?
The fundamental principle of Jen’s “Dare to Dream”, or D2D, approach to training is to enable clear communication while considering how the horse feels about what is being asked. Her system is a culmination of groundwork, classical principals, RWYM teaching methods, human and equine biomechanics. Groundwork is the foundation of D2D because it builds a bond of trust though development of a common language between horse and human. It also teaches humans to recognize, respect and respond appropriately to the horse’s mental and emotional states.
D2D also focuses on creating a common language between coach and rider by utilizing RWYM principles that convert the “traditional language” of dressage teaching into ideas and exercises that tell the rider not just what to do, but why and how to do it. RWYM uses proven learning theories and visual imagery to teach skills in bite-sized chunks to make the complex simple.
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Jen Truett is now one of less than 30 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!!!
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NOTE DATE CHANGE! Mary Wanless Clinic Dates are Set! Nov. 5-7, 2016. See Clinics Page for more information.
Jen has scheduled clinics throughout 2016. 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 www.BobTarr.com; Ricos with camper Audrey Rawlins. Photo by Lynda Sappington; Aiden Albers on Apollo, photo by John Sappington. (C) DHF. All photos are used with permission. No reproduction without written permission from Dancing Horse Farm. Banner and Website by Lynda Sappington (C) 2012 DHF