Internationally known for her equine consultancy work, Jane was born in England in 1949
and grew up with horses. She was formally educated by military riding
instructors, a mature student of the Spanish Riding School and a variety of instructors
and examiners from the British Horse Society.
Strong influences on Jane between the ages
of three and fourteen years of age were the North Warwickshire Hunt, The Windmill Hill
Riding Academy at Stratford - Upon - Avon [John Tilke / Mrs Marash] and Reginald Gregory
ex Cavalry. John Tilke continued to influence Jane when she received tuition in order to
gain qualifications to teach in conjunction with the B.H.S.
Jane has made the behaviour of horses and people a life-long study. At
the outset this was not a conscious decision, but became so as more people bombarded her
with problem cases to resolve. It became more and more obvious to Jane that problems were
created and not born, as she rarely experienced the same problems that others had with
Working out 'WHYs', became a
long-term project for Jane. As she began to observe, at local, county and national shows
how some successful people achieved the desired results, and why others did not; Jane
became very aware of how uncooperative horses displayed signs of distress.
This took her
on a long journey of discoveries that accompanied her work with breeding, breaking and
schooling for both ridden disciplines and carriage work, rehabilitation, agency [matching
horse to rider], agistment [livery / boarding horses] and pre-purchase assessments.
activities ran in conjunction with her remedial work with bad catchers, buckers, spookers,
rearers, pullers, bolters, bad loaders, kickers, strikers, biters, chargers, nappers [barn
sour], jump stoppers, starting gate problems and other complex psychological behavioural
Jane has prepared horses for Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, Hunting, Racing, Pleasure Harness, Trials Harness, Commercial Harness [carriage work], Farm Harness, Covering Mares [Stallions], Teasing [Stallions]. She also has considerable experience in fostering orphan foals with dams that have lost their foals.
Apart from her diverse and extensive practical experience in the horse world, Jane has made a wide variety of formal and informal studies and assessments. These include: Pony Club. B.H.S. Witney College Oxford. Spanish Riding School 1981. Behaviourists: Ray Hunt ~ USA* Monty Roberts ~ Global.* Jim McCall USA* Dr. Robert Miller USA.*
Additional analysis: The training Methods of Virginia Leng. [U.K. Eventing] General methods of U.K. Racing. The training method of Bob Clay [U.K. Racing]. The Conditioned Response Training of John Lyons [USA Behaviourist]. The starting methods of Neil Davies [Australia ~ General]. The Riding Techniques of Richard Shrake [North America ~ Judge]. Fitness training of horses for all disciplines [global sources] Further assessment of Irish and U.K. Gypsies and their training methods. Harness racers [Canada], The wild horses of Sable Island [Canada], plus personal surveys of hundreds of horses and owner riders combined with environmental and management factors. Studies of numerous top competitors in most disciplines . USA and U.K. military equestrian training methods.
Jane has provided educational articles on related topics for equestrian magazines. She has written for the Corinthian Horse Sport and the Hudson Gazette as well as produced a publication "Through The Eyes Of The Horse" for the Canadian equestrian enthusiasts. For New Zealanders, Jane has written a series of articles entitled " Take A Walk On The Wildside" [of your horse]. These have been published in a number of editions of IMPULSION magazine.
Additionally, Jane has presented numerous programmes with respect to industrial behaviour to management sectors of the business world in England. Clients include: Swindon Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Redditch Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Kidderminster Chamber of Industry and Commerce, British Telecom, D.L.T. Training Services, The Association Of Independent Retailers, The Manpower Services commission and many more.