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Business Name California – Jec Aristotle Ballou
Name Jec Ballou
Address PO Box 274
Soquel, California 95073
United States
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Business Phone (831)419-3445
Website jecballou.com
Services & Credentials

Name: Jec Ballou
Address: PO Box 274 – Soquel California 95073
Email Address: jec@jecballou.com
Business Phone: (831)419-3445
Mobile Phone:

Website: http://www.jecballou.com

Professional Service: Clinician, Trainer

Short Biography

Available to teach groups as well as individuals around the United States, specializing in proper body mechanics and fitness for the horse which leads to better movement and performance.

Description of Services:

An advisory board member for the Western Dressage Assoc. of America Jec A. Ballou is a nationally recognized educator about equine conditioning and gymnastic development.

Widely appreciated as the author of best-selling book 101 Dressage Exercises for Horse and Rider, Jec’s aim is to meet what she sees as an enormous need within the industry for simple, clear, and practical information. 101 Dressage remains one of the top sellers of all equine instruction books and has been translated into four foreign languages. It is now available as a smartphone App and was endorsed by the United States Dressage Federation as being one of the most essential books for dressage enthusiasts to own.

Jec has given Western Dressage demos at Western States Horse Expo, Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, and Maryland horse expo in addition to teaching clinics all over the country. She has developed a smartphone app titled 101 Western Dressage Exercises available through iTunes and serves as an on-line coach through Horseshow.com.
Jec also writes a blog for the WDAA that offers a weekly ewquine conditioning exercise. Her articles appear regularly in ressage Today, Topline Ink, Honest Horses, and Eclectic Horseman magazines.

Most prominent in the dressage competition scene, she has trained and competed through the FEI levels but has also competed in long distance trail riding, Ride & Tie, breed shows, and almost everything in between. She won three consecutive East Coast championships in distance riding, becoming the youngest rider in history to win the prestigious Vermont 100 Mile Competition.

Jec’s lifelong study of classical dressage includes ten intensive training residencies in Portugal, two training residencies in Holland, and one residency in Germany with the late Egon von Neindorff. Most recently, she has studied in Melbourne, Australia with Manolo Mendez, original head rider of the Royal School of Equestrian Arts in Spain. She works tirelessly as an advocate for the understanding that proper biomechanical movement and athleticism can never happen as a result of short-cuts, force, or hurried training methods.