Jill’s love for horses began at the age of 7 while attending a birthday party where pony rides were offered. Riding lessons started shortly after that party and have led to an illustrious career of competing and training. Throughout her years as a junior, Jill spent the majority of her time in the Hunter and Equitation arenas. With the guidance and assistance of numerous California trainers, Jill ended her junior career with three World Champion Hunter Rider Championships, Champion at Capitol Challenge Horse Show, and qualification for all major medal finals.
After graduating from the University of California, Davis in 2004 with a B.S. in Communications, she moved to Sacramento and began working for Rudy Leone at Leone Equestrians, Inc. This new partnership allowed Jill tremendous opportunities in the Jumper ring. In 2005, Jill won PCHA Rookie Rider of the Year and just two years later became PCHA Grand Prix Rider of the Year aboard Kaskaya. The bond formed between Jill and Kaskaya would prove magical over the next 6 years. In 2007, Jill and Kaskaya were the top West Coast qualifiers for the World Cup finals in Las Vegas. They also attended the Pan American Games and the $1 Million Athena Onassis Horse Show in Brazil the same year. In 2009, they found themselves qualified for the World Cup finals in Las Vegas for a second time, and in 2011 Jill joined a prestigious group of USHJA $500,000+ prize money winners.
Along with competing on the Grand Prix circuit, Jill also has a passion for teaching and instilling horsemanship in young riders. Her love for this sport combined with extreme patience gives her a unique training quality that has proven to be very successful by the accomplishments of her students. These accomplishments include PCHA junior jumper of the year, 4 medal finals wins, a top 10 finish at North American Young Junior Rider Championships, Top 3 at US Pony Finals in Kentucky, and multiple qualifiers for the “final 4” at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta.
Following her big sister’s footsteps in the equestrian world, Jan’s junior career was full of many riding awards while she also enjoyed the academic accomplishments of concurrent junior college classes beginning the summer after 5th grade followed by an early high school graduation at age 15. From there, she continued on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Biological Anthropology from the The University of California, Davis in 2009. No stranger to keeping a busy schedule, Jan won the title of Miss California International in 2008 and continued on to a 1st Runner Up finish at Miss International.
Maintaining her love for horses and the sport of show jumping throughout her college career, Jan was ready to complete her amateur riding career with a NorCal Medal Finals win in 2009, a top 10 finish in USEF Talent Search Finals, HITS Thermal Desert Circuit Champion in the High AO Jumpers, and several top 10 Grand Prix finishes
In 2010, after becoming increasingly intrigued with the import business through her work with Leone Equestrians, Jan decided to further explore the European aspect of this business by spending the year in Germany. She was fortunate to work and learn from Stal Distel and Jochen Scherer Sportpferde, which gave her insight into the traditional European sales business. In 2012, her love for Europe and horses took her back to the Netherlands working with Alan Waldman, an incredible horseman with a keen eye for finding, developing, and selling young horses.
Jan’s strong passion for the equine import business, as well as her love for matchmaking horse and rider combinations, has proven to be successful already. Accomplishments from her horses include PCHA year end champions, NorCal year end champions, qualifiers of all major medal finals, top ten finishes in multiple national finals, USEF Pony Finals Top 3, and NAYJRC Finals placings.