Grand Prix Rider/Trainer Jennifer Truett
Owner/Head Trainer of Dancing Horse Farm, Lebanon, OH and Loxahatchee, FL
Gold, Silver, Bronze Medalist
Gold, Silver, Bronze Freestyle Bars
“L” Graduate “with distinction”
USDF Certified Instructor - 2nd
USDF PM Delegate for 6 years
RWYM® Accredited Coach
Over the years, Jen has created her own “Dare 2 Dream” (D2D) Training System which is a culmination of groundwork, classical principals, Ride With Your Mind (RWYM) teaching methods combined with human and equine biomechanics. The goal of D2D is to enable clear communication between horse and rider while considering how the horse feels about each request. 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.
Jennifer’s D2D methods have been instrumental in the recovery of several horses who were crippled from injuries or EPM. When Lafayette HQ “Taffy” came to Jen in late 2009, he was crippled from an old cannon bone fracture, only had basic W/T/C training and was about to be euthanized. Jen’s D2D training methods enabled the pair to go from zero to Grand Prix in only 6 years earning numerous accolades along the way. Late 2015, they began their GP career together, in ‘16 they added the GP Freestyle, and in ‘17 they added the GP Special and competed in their first international CDI.
Ride with Jen to learn how to Dare 2 Dream. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll see and feel results.
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Testimonial from one of Jen's clinic clients, Taffy Ross, to those who organized Jen's first St. Louis clinic:
Martha (Yates) & Lindsey (Culver)
Thanks so much for this weekend -- I think it was my best clinic experience ever.
At first I agreed to participate out of loyalty -- to support Martha! -- but I got more excited when I went to Jennifer's website and read up on her credentials. Still, I was worried that the sessions would be packed full of special Mary Wanless jargon that I wouldn't understand. I do think those of us not in the know were introduced to many of Mary's key ideas. But Jennifer did a wonderful job of not delivering a one-size-fits-all version, tailoring her advice to each rider and each horse. Her knowledge of human anatomy and function was impressive, her diagnosis of my deficits seemed spot on, and of course she won me over when she kissed Linden on the snout a couple of times on day one while trying to assess the flexibility of his poll.
Overall, I came away energized and hopeful about the progress Linden and I might make, especially for improving his left lead canter. The workshops were also great. Jennifer encouraged questions and answered them wonderfully, and the hands-on stuff was really fun.
Of course being back at Catlin was also lovely. Being surrounded by understated elegance is always lovely, and being literally surrounded by Brommelsiekis (Park) is beyond compare. I was stoked to be able to do cool-down rides across the street. We did the full circuit today; I'm so proud that Linden and I can ride out like that. We even trotted some of the uphill and curvy sections of the path. Lindsey -- don't ever take the Park for granted, it's beyond special.
And of course it was neat that Linden and Moon Pie became night-time bffs.
I hope you consider inviting Jennifer back sometime this Fall before she heads off to Wellington.
Cheers, Taffy (Ross)
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.
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Bit-fitting clinic with international dressage rider Kim Gentry who represents both Herm Sprenger and Neue Schule bits.She will bring a large selection of curb and snaffle bits from which to choose based on measurements, feel, experience, preference, etc. June 16-17. Auditors welcome! More info is on our Clinics page.
Upcoming clinic (now with a confirmed date) with Dr. Gerd Heuschmann! Go here for more info:
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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.
Jen Truett, Dancing Horse Farm is a showcased Lebanon, OH dressage trainer on NewHorse.com!
Photo credits for banner: Left: Jen Truett on Lafayette HQ Grand Prlix, photo by Inspired Grace Photography. Right: 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) 2018