Jessie Bonneau

Born in the USA, raised in France, Jessie’s first experience on a horse was at the age of 2 years old. She started riding in a Pony Club at the age of 6 and then trained in the South of France. From a young age, Jessie was very interested in the different horseback riding disciplines such as Dressage, Jumping, Eventing (she competed at a high level in all 3 disciplines) Vaulting, Horseball and Spanish riding (Andalusian and Lusitano dressage show and events). She wasn’t a big fan of Dressage at first when she was a kid (boring circles and too slow compare to jumping and eventing). She was doing well in eventing competitions but realized the importance of the Dressage part to win a show. So, she started to refine her skills in Dressage.

Jessie went to the Sport University in France; she graduated with a Bachelor of Sport Management and Marketing and became an independent Horse Trainer.

In 2007, Jessie moved back to the United States. She rode and trained as a jumper in Wellington, Florida for a year.

In 2008, she moved to Las Vegas. Jessie got a great opportunity to be the head trainer for 3 years for a famous Medieval Show “The Tournament of Kings” at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas, mixing Western riding skills with jousting, sword fighting and javelin. Without forgetting the beauty of the Andalusians and Friesians she worked with, she also got to play with some piaffe, passage and levade moves.

On the side of working at night at the Medieval Show, Jessie built her business “JB Horse training”. Her business involved teaching kids and adults, pleasure and competition, beginners and advanced riders, special needs kids; training horses, working on different disciplines such as Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, English Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Western Dressage, Horseball, Vaulting, Young Horses. She also competed in Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, Arabian Shows, Western Dressage, English and Western Pleasure.

Today, Jessie is currently coached by Chris Federer.

Jessie came all the way up with 1 horse to Prix St. Georges on her 12-year-old rescue Half Arabian paint Stallion: Skies The Limitt+/ (the other half is American Saddlebred, which makes him a National Show Horse). She has known him since he was just 4 years old (as a client’s horse), where he wasn’t trained on the ground or even broke. She broke him and trained him for a year and then he bounced from barn to barn because the previous owner couldn’t afford him anymore. He was locked in a stall for 9 months without going out at all, barely fed, no maintenance, no cares, no love. When she saw him like that she was devastated and decided to rescue him in 2014. It took her a whole year to put him back in shape physically and mentally. At first, she tried to jump him (one of her favorite disciplines), he jumped but wasn’t fast enough or skilled enough. Although he loved to show off and dance, so she thought at that moment “Let’s do Dressage”.

They started from the very beginning, from Training Level all the way to PSG in less than 4 years of showing. They received multiple awards in Half Arabian breed (Legion Supreme of Honor), CDS SportHorse Award Mature Stallion 2018, and Champion Annual Awards in Dressage Local Season Show LVCCDS.

Since Sky is Half Arabian, Jessie was curious to learn more about the amazing world of Arabians. She showed Sky 3 times at the Regional Championship in Scottsdale, AZ. They had a fabulous time and scored great in Dressage. 2019 was their best year yet, where they earned 1 Champion title (3rd Level Dressage) and 2 Reserve Champion titles (4th Level Dressage and Dressage Sport Horse Show Hack).

In April 2019, Sky, at the very last minute, was a Demo Horse for the Train the Trainer Western Dressage program in Las Vegas. This program was the first experience ever for him in Western Dressage and under Western tack; Jessie personally showed and trained Western Dressage but only for her clients and their horses. She had the chance to meet 2 amazing Western Dressage Clinicians, Frances Carbonnel and Cliff Swanson, who told her that her stallion would be a great Western Dressage horse and she should definitely show him.

She took their words to heart and only did 1 Western Dressage Schooling local show in June. After that show, she decided to sign up Sky for the Western Dressage World Championship Show in October 2019 in Guthrie, OK (go big or go home).

In October 2019, after 2 long days of trailering and traveling across 5 states and over 1,300 miles, their journey started at the Lazy E Arena, OK. Sky was a little excited to discover a new showground surrounded by beautiful green space for miles and miles. They showed for 5 days and received their very first World Champion WDAA title!

(Level 1 Test 3) along with other awards:

  • WDAA Arabian/Half Arabian Breed High Score Award with a score of 77.222%
  • High Score CAWDA Horse & Rider
  • 4th Place WDAA Level 1 Division
  • 6th Place WDAA Level 1 Test 4
  • 8th Place WDAA Level 1 Test 1
  • 3 times WDAA World Champion (2019, 2020 & 2021)
  • CAWDA Western Dressage Bronze, Silver & Gold
  • FEI Intermediate 2 Level Rider

 Jessie's Favorite Anni Lyn Item?   The Multi-colored Vibrant Horse Sun Shirt!

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