New WDAA Columnist Bloggers

Meet Dr. Lisa S. Lancaster and Jec Aristotle Ballou

New WDAA Columnists/Bloggers

By Julie Vosberg | WDAA Website Content Coordinator

One of the great things about the Western Dressage Association® of America is its philosophy of honoring the horse. As owners, learning how to honor our horses begins with opening our minds to new ways of looking at old ideas. So I am thrilled to introduce two women who most certainly will provide opportunities for us to examine some of our long-held beliefs and challenge us to rethink “the way it’s always been done.” Hoof specialist Dr. Lisa S. Lancaster DVM and author, clinician, trainer and expert equine conditioner Jec Ballou have agreed to become regular contributors on our national WDAA website.

Both women are exceptional at what they do and are passionate about making the world a better place for horses and their owners.

Dr. Lancaster’s blog will focus on hoof health. Since she was a farrier before becoming a vet, her vet practice centers around hoof health. Her clinical work focuses on chiropractic and acupuncture for disease treatment as well as sport horse wellness. Dr. Lancaster’s academic work includes teaching and research on the hoof and acupuncture. She also teaches at the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course at Colorado State University. As a student, Lisa worked with world-recognized hoof specialist Dr. Robert Bowker, former head of the Michigan State University Equine Hoof Lab. Their work was groundbreaking and they continue to pioneer a new way of thinking about and treating the equine hoof.

The horse’s hoof is a reflection of it’s overall health. The effects of a horse’s nutrition, training program, the balance and symmetry of its muscles and skeleton, stress and disease can all be seen in the horse’s foot—if one knows what to look for.

Dr. Lancaster is going to teach us how to read and better care for our horses’ feet. Author of The Sound Hoof: Horse Health from the Ground Up, Lisa believes every horse owner should understand the anatomy of the hoof and should raise the bar on what they expect from their hoof care professionals as well.

And now to Ms. Jec Ballou. How lucky is the WDAA to have her on its Advisory Board?

I attended her clinic last summer in Colorado and the experience was life-changing. Jec is an advocate for the development of both horse and rider and has identified five fundamentals of their training: healthy movement, simplicity in the training approach, consistency, mind-body connection for horse and rider and cross-disciplinary. She believes riders and horses must be trained separately and doing so “demystifies much of the training process.”

She also believes “understanding that proper biomechanical movement and athleticism can never happen as a result of short-cuts, force or hurried training methods.”  Step-by-step, she will share with you her method for productive conditioning. All disciplines will benefit, from show to trail horses. All riders will benefit, from beginners to advanced levels. And your sound and happy horses will thank you, too!

As author of the highly respected books, Equine Fitness and 101 Dressage Exercises, she is going to post an “Exercise of the Week.” Her latest book, 101 Western Dressage Exercises, will be released soon. Both it and 101 Dressage Exercises also are available as Apps, so riders can  download exercises and carry them everywhere. Look for Jec’s published articles on the WDAA site’s Education page.


Credentials for Dr. Lisa S. Lancaster DVM


  • DVM, Michigan State University, 2006
  • Animal Chiropractic Certification, Parker College of Chiropractic, 2006
  • Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation Training, 2006
  • Veterinary Medical Acupuncture Certification, Colorado State University, 2007
  • Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Colorado since 2007
  • Farrier training, Colorado School of Trades, Denver, CO, 1997
  • Equine Sports Massage, Loveland, CO, 1997


  • The Crena of the White Line.” Hoofcare and Lameness Journal of Equine Foot Science, forthcoming.
  • LS Lancaster, RM Bowker, WA Mauer. “Density and Morphologic Features of Primary Epidermal Laminae in the Feet of 3-Year-Old Racing Quarter Horses.” 2007. American Journal of Veterinary Research, 68(1).
  • “Laminar and Tubule Density Research.” Hoofcare and Lameness Journal of Equine Foot Science, 2004
  • The Sound Hoof: Horse Health from the Ground Up, Tallgrass Publishers, 2004
  • “What Current Hoof-Care Thinking Means to Your Shoeing Business,” American Farriers Journal, 2001
  • “Rethinking Traditional Hoofcare,” Hoofcare and Lameness Journal of Equine Foot Science, 2003

Professional affiliations:

  • Consulting editor, Hoofcare and Lameness Journal of Equine Foot Science
  • Research collaboration with Dr. R. Bowker, Equine Foot Lab, MSU
  • Instructor for CSU Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians

Other academic degrees

  • Ph.D. University of Denver, 2001
  • M.Sc. London School of Economics, London, England, 1989
  • B. A. Syracuse University, 1986


Credentials for Jec Artistotle Ballou

  • Author, Equine Conditioning, 101 Dressage Exercises and 101 Western Dressage Exercises
  • Trained and competed through FEI levels and in long distance trail riding, Ride & Tie, breed shows and almost everything in between
  • Three-time consecutive winner East Coast championships in distance riding, becoming the youngest rider  to win the prestigious Vermont 100 Mile Competition
  • Jec’s study of classical dressage includes:
  • Ten residencies in Portugal
  • Two training residencies in Holland
  • One residency in Germany with the late Egon von Neindorff
  • Studied in Melbourne, Australia with Manolo Mendez, original head rider of the Royal School of Equestrian Arts in Spain


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