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, 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. Visit her website for more info: www.myDHF.com
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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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BIG NEWS!!! Jennifer Truett and Lynda Sappington have just signed a contract with Xenophon Press to publish their book on horse care! YAAAAY!!!!
Mary Wanless Clinic Nov. 4-5. Rider spots are available!
Jen's Show Schedule:
Regionals at Majestic Sep. 14-17
Devon, PA CDI Sep. 26-Oct 1 (Taffy, Darling)
USDF National Finals Nov 9-12
WANTED! Live-in or Commuting Working Students starting immediately. See job descriptions at our Job Openings page.
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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) 2017