Crossroads Stable is pleased to welcome to it's stellar lineup of Trainers,
Jessica started riding as a young girl at age 4 and got her first riding
lessons at Crossroads stable from Tina Renison. As she grew up she participated
enthusiastically in California Gymkhana Association events all over California
and took many lessons from the top riders in her regions. She also rode in
California State Horsemen's Association events and set several records in poles
1 and hurry scurry. She entered all state shows and finals and made it into the
match races on horses she personally trained. As a teenager she began to specialize
in barrels and poles, going to as many open races as she could. She then started
breaking her own colts and buying higher pedigrees of quarter horses built for
speed and turns.
This is when she realized she had a passion for horse training
and passing along to other people what she has learned.
Her experience in barrel horse training is largely the result of her time at
Lamar Community College, where she graduated top of her class in horse training
and management and barrel horse training and where she trained under Julie Ryderberg,
a Nationals Final Rodeo qualifier, who gave her the tools to make a well-rounded
barrel horse. JJ Ryderberg taught her the core fundamentals of colt starting and
how to cut cows correctly with a flag and in the pen. While in college she set a
record as the only student to break and train two colts who later made perfect scores
in the reining tests. She was also the only student of her class to compete at the
college show, where she won the all-around cowgirl buckle and the Ryderberg scholarship.
She finished college with honors and moved onto her first internship with the Running F
Quarter Horses ranch, where she gained real-world work experience in ranching,
breeding, and training of barrel horses. For her second internship she went to
Erin Ricotti, well-known futurity rider, professional horse trainer, and jockey.
Under Erin she learned how to finish a barrel horse and get it ready for rodeos
along with starting her first futurity horse, DL SMOKE N UP FAME. She learned
how to get real speed and accuracy out of her horses.
She specializes in barrel horse training because it’s her passion, but she also
enjoys giving lessons to all ages and levels of riders. From basic riding lessons
like saddling and training for trail, to also competing and racing competitively
in speed events.
For further information or to schedule a lesson with Jessica, call: (916)613-9014.