Meet Jontelle Forbus

training and instruction

FEI Trainer and Competitor,

USDF Certified Instructor


  Jontelle is an advocate for the horse.  She truly wants each horse to reach its full potential with willingness and cooperation. Jonelle's methodology assures that horses must be communicated within a way that encourages and rewards experimentation. She adheres to the principles of traditional dressage training with a strong emphasis on correct and solid basics. Jontelle encourages the horse to distribute weight evenly and thoroughly to develop an understanding to work from back to front through their entire body. These basics, in addition to clear communication with the horse, produce a meaningful relationship-from which training can truly develop.

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Jontelle explains the correct feeling of "connection" to a clinic participant


 Jontelle is a lifelong learner and aims to create an environment that is centered on honest learning for the student. Students must feel free to ask difficult questions of themselves and their horses in a supportive environment. She provides a clear, step-by-step process during each session, and include exercises to support the direction of training. Jontelle measures success by the clarity and subtle usage of aids in the continuation of the training process.

Lessons at Chestnut Oak $95(includes arena fee)


Lessons off-site $95 plus mileage

Coaching is available at USDF Recognized shows for

Show Team JFD students

and members


upcoming jfd clinic locations:

2021 Clinic Contact Info

Plain Dealing Farm    
Molly Bull 

Bennett Camp-Crowder Goochland 

Bennett Camp

Anne Crowell 

Herm Sprenger Bit clinic 

Chestnut Oak Stable

Jontelle Forbus

Jocelyn Kris-Parker.  
Joceyln Kriss

Contact information For Additional

Clinic Locations: 

Chapel Springs Farm Free Union, VA              Kiki Osborne 

Cedar Creek Stables Staunton, VA                  Jillian Kirkpatrick

Shallowbrooke Farm Rockville, VA               Sharon Smith

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More From Jontelle's Students

Danielle Capps

Jontelle is an excellent rider, trainer, and instructor. She has such an eye for Developing Young horses up the levels and has helped me tremendously with my own Horses. She knows how to Produce Well-prepared riders and Programs to suit your Goals and FEI Dreams!!! I feel so lucky to be apart of her Team! 

Jillian Kirkpatrick

I LOVE training with Jontelle!

An elegant and effective rider herself she is inspiring just to watch. Best of all though is her positive, energetic teaching style and ability to solve problems for both the horse and the rider.

My young horse was in training at her barn and I can say enough about the fabulous care and the amazing progress  that he made while there!!

Sarah Perkins

The lesson program for me builds on previous lessons. As I am growing in skills the understanding of what Jontelle is teaching becomes clearer. Whether her student is actively showing or currently is not showing, the professionalism is there and her interest in her students is genuine.

Christina Barnes-Arrington

While I've had the opportunity to work with many excellent trainers, Jontelle is one of the few with the true ability to communicate "feel" to those she teaches.  She provides instruction in an incredibly precise and uncomplicated manner.  Her unrivaled knowledge of both horse and rider biomechanics, allows her to clearly explain the purpose, timing, and nuance of aids to the horse. It is rare to find a trainer who is effective across such a wide range of horse and rider abilities. I have left every single lesson as a more informed and effective rider. Each horse I have ridden with her has left with a significant improvement in balance, connection, and confidence. I am so very grateful to have the opportunity to learn from Jontelle. 



"Before our first lesson with Jontelle, I was nervous. Many of our friends had spoken to her talents and achievements both as a competitor and trainer, and I had very little dressage experience. Immediately, Jontelle made me feel at ease and her explanations made sense. She met my horse and I at our level and expertly guides us as a team. We leave each lesson feeling empowered, successful, and yearning to improve. She pushes us without over facing us and shares constructive exercises for practice at home. It never feels solely about competition, rather about enhancing us as a team. She is able to differentiate instruction no matter the horse and rider's level of experience and ability.


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