Jennifer was introduced to riding by her mother at a young age.
At the age of 8 she joined the United States Pony Club and in 1995
became an HA graduate of the Mill Creek Pony Club. One of Jennifer's
most memorable experiences as an USPC member was her participation
in the overseas representation of the 1994 USPC Tetrathalon team.
She was one of five American females picked to compete in England,
Scotland and Ireland in the combination sport of running, swimming,
shooting and riding. ( In Europe the riding consisted of x-c course
riding at the Preliminary level)
Jennifer & "Ted" 2005 Foxhall Cup CCI**
Jennifer is a 1997 graduate of Kansas State University
with a BS in Mass Communication - Advertising. She worked a "real
job" for a few years as graphic designer and competed her new horse
"Ted" at the lower levels of eventing before becoming interested in
upper level competition.
Jennifer assisted the organization of
an USEA horse trials in Kansas City for a number of years. She
held a position on the Board of Directors for the
Longview Horse Park during the period of time the park requested and
received state and federal grants for renovation and construction.
In 2002, Jennifer and Ted began working with Jim Graham in
Florence, AL. The pair quickly moved to the Intermediate level and
gained experience at the CIC** and CCI** level. After the 2005
Foxhall Cup, Jennifer was long listed for the United States
Equestrian Team. In 2006, Jennifer competed both Ted and her other
horse "Ironman" at the Advanced level. Over the five year
period that Jennifer worked with Jim, she gained valuable experience
training numerous horses and competing more than 25 different
While Ted and Ironman have now been retired from competition,
Jennifer has been competing an exciting eventing prospect named "Outward
Appearance" at the Novice level.
"I have found riding the talented young green horses to be so
exciting. The progress they make from day-to-day and competition-to-competition is obvious. Riding a green 4 yr old at their first
competition can be as much fun, as challenging and as rewarding as
riding an Intermediate or Advanced horse. "
In 2008, Jennifer
traveled to Baltimore and successfully completed her assessment for
the USEA Instructor Certification Program Level II certification.
Jennifer teaches and trains part-time, competes and
travels out of town to conduct weekend riding clinics.