Jontelle Forbus-Head Trainer/Owner
I was born and raised on my parent’s Nebraska farm where my father raised Quarter Horses. It was apparent at an early age that horses were going to be a large part of my life.
I was exposed to many disciplines of riding as a child, however decided at age 16 to pursue Dressage seriously.
In 1998 I took the opportunity of being a Working Student for Stal (Marcel) Timmermans/(Diedrick) Wigmans in the South of Holland. This led to the opportunity to work for Coby van Baalen. Over the two years I was able to ride many young horses for the van Baalen family; I learned to handle stallions, start young horses and prepare mares for breed inspections. In addition Mrs.Van Baalen allowed me to sit on several of her FEI horses, which became a pivotal development in my education.
In 2000, I returned to the U.S. and built a small business for myself starting young horses. During this time I studied under Deborah Bowman, one of the most influential of my instructors. Together with Ms. Bowman, we worked to prepare for the FEI Young Horse classes, and I became a USDF Certified Instructor.
In 2004 I married my best friend, Tim Forbus, my greatest accomplishment to date.
Tim and I collectively decided that I was to continue my riding education, and in 2008 we moved to Southern California. Working as Assistant Trainer to Jan Ebeling, I was able to ride many horses and begin at showing at the FEI levels in the California Dressage circuit.
In November 2009, I began working for Sue Blinks. I greatly admired Ms. Blink’s riding and wanted the opportunity to witness the development of her Dressage horses. This led to riding opportunities and to the position of Assistant Trainer. My duties ranged from riding the young horses in training, to schooling Sue’s FEI horses, to teaching client lessons. I also was able to participate in monthly clinics with Denmark’s Morten Thompsen.
Beginning in the spring of 2012, I have established my independent training business. I offer full training services as well as lesson services out of Cumber Farm in Troy, Virginia.
My goals are to represent the United States internationally and to develop horses and riders to the FEI level
Jontelle Forbus Dressage is a collaboration of a group of dedicated individuals, carefully chosen to provide the best care, maintenance, nutrition and training possible.
Katie Shiplett-Stable Manager/Head Groom