About Me

Age 18 at Chatham Hall in Virginia - My First Thoroughbred

Age 18 at Chatham Hall in Virginia – My First Thoroughbred

Hello, everyone.

To learn to understand horses and not just to ride has been my lifelong goal. I’m a lover of horses of all shapes and models for as long as I can remember! I think I was born loving horses and have never outgrown it one little bit! I know that my long study of horses has resulted in my understanding them, their body language, some of their idiosyncrasies and how they think.

Queen's Lady and me - age 22

Queen’s Lady and me – age 22

Queen's Lady

Queen’s Lady

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen's Lady - Tilly Foster, Connecticut, 1962

Queen’s Lady – Tilly Foster, Connecticut, 1962

Boston (thoroughbred)-Showing as an Amateur-Owner, age 33

Boston (thoroughbred)-Showing as an Amateur-Owner, age 33

I’ve been very lucky in my life with horses. I’ve met some famous and some not-so-famous horse people and learned from most of them. I’ve been able to show horses in both hunters and dressage and to show in some large and famous shows on both coasts. I have been a professional riding teacher in both disciplines. I started as a professional rider in 1960, returned to being an amateur in 1966 for about 20 years and showed as an amateur in Grand Prix dressage on a horse I trained myself, and then became a professional teacher again in 2015.

Kalypso (Trakehner) - Imported 1979, beginning training, still a baby

Kalypso (Trakehner) – Imported 1979, beginning training, still a baby

 

 

 

Kalypso, now showing at Grand Prix about 1986

Kalypso, now showing at Grand Prix about 1986

 

 

 

Ebony 1994 2nd Level

Ebony 1994 2nd Level

 

 

 

 

 

Ebony-AZ Prix St Georges 1998

Ebony-AZ Prix St Georges 1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ebony at Grand Prix 2002, USDF All-Breed First Place at GP Vintage Cup and Adult Amateur

Ebony at Grand Prix 2002, USDF All-Breed First Place at GP Vintage Cup and Adult Amateur

I’ve tried hard to ride with great clinicians at every opportunity and have always been open to new ideas and training. I’m still learning because horses are always coming up with something new! My current horse is Ellesmere, another black Trakehner mare. She is huge, about 17’1, and an extremely loving individual. Her grandpa is Pepel, the Russian World Champion and Olympic dressage stallion. See her picture on my Home page…

I’d like to pass on what I’ve learned about horses. I’ve been showing horses and teaching riding for more than 60 years and the number of changes made in that time are astonishing. Please join me here as I reminisce about the way it was. I’ll tell you about my times riding Snowman, too.

Send me your questions or comments at joan@horseswithjoan.com. Love to hear from you.

 

4 comments

Mohammad

Wow, what a beautiful website it is!

I love horses, and I also understand their body language though little but yes. I feel happy when I am near to them. Once or twice a month I usually visit equestrian and enjoy some real time with Arabian horses.

I always enjoy horse’s facial expressions, especially when he shows flehmen response by extending his neck, raises his head, inhale and roll his upper lip back and under itself.

Thank you and best wishes.

Thanks, Mohammad.

Horses really can change their expressions and it’s fun to see them. That flehmen response is always quite impressive to see!

Thanks for visiting my website. I’m adding new things all the time.

Helen Doyle

Joan, I have worked many times with horses but never anywhere near the capacity that you have. I did work for a family living just outside Vancouver at Fort Langley. They showed Quarter Horses. Their youngest daughter went on to become a grand prix rider and competed in the Olympics etc. Her name was Laura Tidball-Balisky. I believe she only rode over jumps but might be wrong.

This is going to be a wonderful site, not only for horsemen but those just interested in finding out about them.

Ciao
Helen

Hi Helen,
Thank you for your comments. Showing in the Grand Prix jumping of the Olympics is an awesome accomplishment and I envy you being able to know such a girl. I showed open working hunters for several years but my last 40 years have been spent with Trakehner horses and working to reach Grand Prix dressage, which two of them did. Please do keep in touch with my website here as I work on new posts. I really must get a post on about the times I rode Snowman, my one problem is finding an appropriate picture to insert!

Best to you, Joan

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