About Me

Jen & Charlie

Jen & Charlie

I have always been a horse crazy kid. All my life I dreamed of horses and becoming a horse trainer.

Me and Lady King Paul

Me and Lady King Paul, ooo I was a smarty pants, poor Lady. She taught me how to ride.

I found one of my diaries from when I was a little girl and all I wrote about was my grandfather’s horses and when he would let me ride. My grandpa rode and trained horses in the Calvary and was basically pretty hard on us. But that didn’t stop my sister and I. Every summer or spring break we went to my grandparent’s farm and did whatever it took to get to ride. I did that until I was 16 years old and we were able to go to shows on our own. The first summer, we borrowed our Grandmother’s car and Grandpa got us a little 2 horse bumper pull and off we would go. I know I drove my mother crazy.

I studied every article on horse training I could find. Grandpa introduced me to the “All American Quarter Horse Congress” where we would go every year and watch western pleasure for hours and hours and big dreams were planted in my heart.

I trained my own mare, Wat Cha Say Babe, as a 3 year old to qualify for the youth team for the Congress and the Youth World. I had a lot to learn but we got there anyway!

Me & Babe 1984 Congress

Me & Babe 1984 Congress

When I “grew up” (if I ever grew up!) I got into video production in the hopes of making lots of money to support my horse habits. Ha! Instead of money I got an education.

Every time we got together, my sister and brother-in-law, Jessica and Jeff Heuer would talk and debate about our favorite studs and over one family dinner dreamed up an idea for the “Hottest Pleasure Stallion” video series. A video with all our favorites in one place.

We had no connections with the major players in the pleasure horse industry and the 1st Edition we had to beg people to be on the video for free!

For the 2nd Edition, Ann Myers, the owner of the phenomenal, World and Congress Champion, and All-Time Leading Sire Zips Chocolate Chip liked our idea and became a friend. It is no wonder Ann has had such an impact on the industry she is so opened minded and supportive of others.

Through Ann, I met World Champion trainer Cleve Wells when he was first starting his clinics, and he gave me my start in producing horse training videos. Through Cleve, I met and produced videos for World Cup Team Coach and AQHA Horsewoman of the Year, Nancy Cahill, what an amazing horsewoman and person, and other well known horse industry professionals, such as Amy Gumz and Dana Hokana.

Producing The Hottest Pleasure Stallion Series enabled me to study on video most of the major sires that have made of our pleasure horses what they are today. I studied and studied horses in slow motion, backwards and forwards. Great horses, such as Potential Investment, Vested Pine, A Sudden Impulse, Chips Hot Chocolate, Invested Dimensions and Invitation Only to name a few taught me invaluable lessons in what to look for in a great mover.

In 2001, life threw me some curves (or maybe I did the throwing) and the road God used to bring me back, led back to my dream I had as a kid… to train horses. I’ve taken the lessons I learn daily from my horses, from my grandfather and the wonderful people who allowed me to learn about their programs through video production and put together a program to help other “horse crazy kids” both young and old reach their horse dreams.

I believe the lessons we learn from our horses and riding, can, when we put thought to it, be lessons learned to form successful lives.

I am currently striving to use these principles in my own life and working to develop the Spur On Horsemanship program with the goal of sharing what I have learned from the school of hard knocks to help others.

Me and a couple of my barn buddies "horsin" around summer of 2011

Me and a couple of my barn buddies "horsin" around summer of 2011

I currently teach lessons, train horses, and produce TheHorseTrainingChannel.com with World Champion Trainer, Cleve Wells.

I am blessed with the most wonderful family and friends and have the two coolest kids, Chelsie and Casey and step-kids, Angela, Kristen and Tyler. A barn full of special horses and

Our wedding pic July 2011

Our wedding pic July 2011

other horse crazy kids. And of course, my husband, Jim.

I look forward to getting to know you and hear your horse stories.

Hope to speak with you soon, until then, let’s spur on, and Make Every Ride Count!
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Jen Rohlen-Barker

http://www.HorseTrainingJournal.com

http://www.TheHorseTrainingChannel.com

http://www.SpurOnFarm.com

http://www.HorseCrazyKids.com

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