Jane Whitehurst has been riding in open classes since the mid 80′s. She was always teaching or training, but there was about three years that she took a much needed break to concentrate on being just a student.
In 2008, Jane bought a Dutch WB that had competed up to Intermediare I. He was going to be her teacher and help her to get a Silver Medal. Her beloved Thoroughbred mare had carried her to a Bronze Medal back in 1998. Rebel Kartoon and Jane achieved their goal at six months and at that point she started to think about “going for the gold.” The problem with Kartoon was there were some holes in his past training which would prevent him from competing at the Grand Prix. Jane was continuing to clinic with many of the top trainers as she had always done but she realized, besides an intense two weeks in Germany with Hans Biss, she had never worked extensively with one trainer.
After careful consideration Jane consulted John Zopatti who she had lessoned with a few times. For the next nine months she drove to Wellington once a week, stayed three to four days in her trailer and then drove back home. The arrangement was perfect. If she wasn’t having a lesson on Kartoon, she was watching other trainers school their horses, or give lessons to their clients. It was a double treat to see top trainers being “eyes on the ground” for other trainers.
At the end of their stay in Wellington, Kartoon and Jane were a different pair. She brought him back home and practiced what she learned and kept that imagery of professionalism in her mind. In August of 2010, Jane and Kartoon earned their scores at Grand Prix for the Gold Medal.
Currently, Jane owns Farah Sound, a 2007 Oldenburg mare, that she is bringing up the levels. This year they are concentrating on third level and having a blast. She is a very sensitive and high strung horse and is happiest when she is doing upper level movements because she likes to have something to think about.
Jane’s other horse, Romeo, is an appendix Quarter Horse she adopted from Horse Protection of Florida. He is worth his weight in gold. A fun trail horse, a great lesson horse, and a very willing and smart dressage horse. He also loves to go Western Dressage too!
Jane feels so blessed to be able to participate in a sport that brings me so much joy. She is grateful for all my past teachers and current teachers either human or equine. There is no finish line for learning, only a continuation of knowledge that usually comes in stingy increments and rarely in abundance; still it keeps you hooked.