All of our instructors are ready and able to teach all students to go in any direction but some of our instructors have specialties by ability or equestrian discipline!
Children under 12: Amanda, Analise, Tessa
Hunter/Jumper/Equitation: Jenny B., Jenny M, Karly
3 Day Evening: Analise, Chris
Dressage: Donna, Jenny M., Tessa, Val
Obstacle Sports, Tricks, Trail: Jenny B.
Jenny Barnes owns and operates Footnote Farm and has been an Equine Canada Level 1/Competition Coach since 1994. She has taught in several disciplines over the years and has competed in upper level jumpers, hunters, equitation, medals, dressage, and more recently mountain trail, long distance riding, cowboy challenges, and thoroughly enjoys creating behavioural modification protocols.
Amanda Wood is our grass roots instructor. She has taught for years at her home lesson barn and really enjoys working with the youngest students. She has her Standard First Aid certificate and has a CRC on file with us as all other certified instructors do who teach here at Footnote Farm and one day, when she isn't as busy with her day job in the medical field, may pursue full licensure. But until then rest assured, Amanda has taught hundreds of young children and has introduced many a new rider to the equestrian world.
Analise is a Pony Club “A” level graduate. Her equestrian discipline of choice is 3 Day Eventing. With 20 years between us, our early instructor experience is parallel. I personally love watching Analise’s lessons she has a knack of balancing fun, education, and embraces the simple enjoyment of riding. She will go far as an instructor and I’m thrilled to have her on our instructor roster.
Chris has been an instructor for over 10 years and has taught all ages and levels of rider. She enjoys riding herself but has developed a desire to develop her students to find their own path and direction in the horse world. She strives to meet all safety standards while keeping lessons fun and progressive.
Donna is excited to join our team here at Footnote and brings a huge scope of experience with her. Working towards her EC Competition Coach and while raising her young children she managed an equestrian facility in Ontario and grew inspired to pursue training in the therapeutic side of riding. She is a PATH and CanTRA instructor but has a breadth of knowledge from her training her own horses from green TB to showing 4th level dressage. She has a smile that lights up the arena and a supportive and encouraging manner. For adult students and children alike Donna will be bring out their best all while supporting their goals."I’m excited to join the team at Footnote and looking forward to meeting you all!"
An Equine Canada Level 2/Competition Coach Specialist Jenny has a depth of experience as an instructor rarely paralleled in the industry today. She has competed in dressage, eventing, and jumpers. She has an amazing ability to both focus on creating fun and safe ways to teach a great foundation in her students and at the same time is able to push her advanced students to achieve what they didn’t think possible.
Karly has soent years homing her craft as an instructor by mentoring with a variety of upper level hunter/jumper trainers. She is a talented instructor and blends contemporary behavioural techniques with traditional horsemanship to develop skilled riders of all ages. She offers a fun experience and will meet her students at their level whether they ride for fun or dream of showing.
UPDATE Tessa is returning to Finland to tend to personal family matters in October 2021 - we'll really miss her!!!
Tessa has an amazing story of adventure in her recent past moving to Canada with her husband from Finland. Tessa is working towards her certification with an American Association but she is an accomplished handler for advanced movements on the ground and is a talented instructor for riders working on finding balance, connection, and harmony with their horse. I'm really excited to have such an adventurous and talented instructor join our team.
Val is an Equine Canada Competition Coach. Val comes to BC from Alberta where she coached for over 15 years at a large and well known equestrian facility. Val has a passion for dressage and being a very independent rider herself she really fosters independence in all of her students. She has a real eye for safety and is very detail oriented in her instruction. She always considers the Equine Canada Rider Level progrm in her lessons and has a methodical step by step outline always at the forefront of her lesson’s structure. She has spent more of her instructional career teaching larger groups so she is very excited to be able to get to know her riders on a more personal level and help them along on their equestrian journey in our private lesson format.
Morgan is passionate animal lover having an innately passionate work ethic Morgan has worked in several industries from her family's restaurant to pet supply stores. She really understands customer service and is enjoying learning the finer points of English riding having come from a ranching background. She thinks ahead of me and we are always on the same page. When she's away from the farm Morgan is a busy mom to a little boy.
Brooklyn is attending UFV in an Ag Mgmt program and is an alum of 4H BC with a focus on steers. She has a depth of knowledge of farm living but is new to the horse world but is gaining strides with her skills and techniques daily.
Michaela is another 4H alum - can you see a trend?! She also rides and has experience working at other equestrian facilities. She has a great variety of knowledge for her years and we really look forward to having her grow with our team. She will be working on weekends.
Steph can do anything she puts her mind to and always with a smile. She is onsite late afternoons and evenings M-F after she has taken care of her own farm. Steph has worked with horses for a lifetime and knows our industry really well. She is happy to help with clients and instructors but just as happy to handle horses or swing a hammer.
Classy was a lesson horse for Semiahmoo Stables for many years and even taught our own Morgan in her teens. Now Classy has joined us at Footnote Farm. She is 16 hh, and slender with a solid walk, trot, canter. She is 1/2 Arab and 1/2 a saddle horse of some type. She settled right in here and we are looking forward to watching her teach more students here.
New to us and still under assessment Cliff (aka Duke but we have another Duke!) was purchased with several horses from a lesson program on Vancouver Island who's owner was retiring. He is 20 and a draft cross gelding about 15.2 hh. He is quiet with a sense of fun. He is bouncy but can canter and jump.
Cowboy came to Footnote to be a games pony for one of Jenny's kids BUT he prefers the slow lane. He is a super solid citizen and super brave. He was a ranch horse for a kid in Alberta who rode along and was trusted with his small charge while her family rounded up cattle. So, Cowboy is not yet "fancy broke" but he's been in training for a few months and is now ready to be a walk-trot pony. He is very sweet in EVERY way. Cowboy is 14 years old, a Blue Roan gelding, and at 13.1 hh with a big barrel is perfect for kids in between the small ponies and tall horses.
A very sweet boy graciously on loan for his retirement. As a young boy, Domino has done drill team and Rodeo grand entry, he’s done a bit of everything really. He’s ever so sweet to handle and a great and quiet teacher as a riding horse. We love him! (Thank you to his owner Elena!)
Mr JJ (Jinx) is a senior pony who, at 20+ has seen a few thing sin his life - he is a wise old soul. He has taught his own 2 kids how to ride and took them through the pony club levels. He joins us now as Jenny's son Spencer's first Pony Club pony and will do light lesson duty.
Born in 1997 Jenny has owned Kjanu since 2004. He has successfully competed in every riding discipline including hunters and jumpers in California He has also taught many children and adults how to ride. He’s kind and gentle with a sense of humour. (Kjanu is slowly returning to fitness and work since surviving a strangulating lipoma colic surgery in March 2021 - but he'll be glad to be back!)
Kona is another Semiahmoo transplant and is softly for sale to the right family. Until he finds his person he will do lesson duty here with us he is a bit of a jack of all trades and has English and Western in his background. He has a good "stop" so he teaches his riders to stay with the motion and not get ahead.
Jenny’s daughter Kylie’s 11.2 hh Welsh pony. Leia has been a special pony of our family for 7 years and is a trusted friend. She helps out with lead line lessons and is perfectly smooth for the tiniest and most timid little ones.
A career lesson mount: Lloyd is a handsome 19 year old, 16.2+ hh, Percheron x TB. He is getting into condition now and he'll be on the roster by late summer.
Saida is a 15hh, sorrel or chestnut, 18 year old, QH mare that is a leased horse to our program and we feel very privileged. Saida has a loving owner who has shown her in every English and Western discipline. Her daughter even learned to jump on Saida although that wasn't Saida's first calling and now this same daughter jumps Grand Prix and has two enormous lovely Warmbloods also boarding right here at Footnote. You will enjoy riding a horse with this level of training and compliance
Stjerne is an accomplished driving pony and has driven singles and pairs in CDE (Combined Driving Event) competitions. She was started under saddle last summer and spent a few weeks moving cattle. She's fun pony and a very quick learner and with her calm nature a fun horse to learn on.
Another seasoned lesson horse from Van Isl she is a 15.2 hh paint who is brave but easy off the leg. She is a great horse to learn to canter on.