August 2018 - Jessica Miller
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Friday, 27 July 2018 17:56
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Bay Area trainer teams up with dressage sales barn, West Coast Horse Farm.

Dressage trainer Jessica Miller is excited to partner with West Coast Horse Farm to bring top quality dressage horses to the United States. Based at her family’s farm, Rancho Del Lago in the East Bay Area’s Briones, Jessica is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist and has ridden since she was a toddler.

She trained her horse Bogley’s Mauricio to Grand Prix to win her Gold Medal. Since then, she has trained several Warmbloods bred on the family farm, starting them and then training in dressage and beginning jumping. During her years riding, she has worked with many top trainers, with whom she started young horses and excelled with hot and difficult horses. She believes that patience, clarity and praise are the key elements of successful horse training.

Jessica Miller

Jessica rode with Sue Curry Shaffer at Fairwind Farm and worked for her for five years. She has also ridden with Rachel Saavedra, Tracy Hill, Jane Weatherwax, and has ridden in clinics with a number of Olympic riders: Steffen Peters, Debbie MacDonald and Christine Traurig, plus experts including Axel Steiner and many others. West Coast Horse Farm is a new venture that is striving to be a premier destination for buyers looking for top quality horses with excellent gaits and wonderful temperaments.

Jessica and West Coast Horse Farm recently imported several outstanding horses that meet their criteria of well-trained, well-mannered, sane horses that can compete at the highest levels. They have partnered with several distinguished European equestrian operations to bring home excellent prospects for their clients.

One such partner stated, “I sell dressage horses all over the world and I was very happy to have met Jessica Miller. Jessica has proven to be a professional dressage rider. She tries out the dressage horses at a high level and has shown a very good eye for them.”

Jessica looks for good moving horses, with lots of presence and training with a high priority on temperament and rideability. “I am always looking for that horse that is nice enough for a professional, but also an amateur can ride and enjoy,” she explains.

She knows exactly what she is looking for on her visits and chooses to ride only those horses that fulfill all her criteria. Horses that are well-mannered, beautiful, well trained to Third Level or higher are very special finds and her eye is looking for the competitive schoolmaster for the amateur adult lady rider. Each horse is tried out and then Jessica scores them from her homemade score sheets. “I write down what the horse feels like right after I get off so that I have very accurate notes, which is important when trying 20 or more horses in a weekend.”

Hertog

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The newly imported horses are already off to the shows. Hertog, a 6-year-old 16.3 Dutch Warmblood, went to his first show his first month in the U.S. and scored 71% and 72% at First Level. Jessica expects he will find his new owner quickly. “Hertog is an example of what I am looking for. He has a great mind, is a sweetheart and a fantastic mover.” Another sale horse is Boytano, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood by Rhodium. He has shown through Fourth Level and is schooling Prix St. Georges with three- and four-tempis. He is an ideal schoolmaster for either an adult amateur or a junior rider looking for a competitive show horse with a wonderful mind, Jessica says. “I showed Boytano a month after he came.  That is a testament to how confident I feel on him.  He is an example of a very competitive schoolmaster.”

Jessica is happy to be in the show ring, and she really enjoys teaching. She enjoys bringing the love of dressage to her clients and appreciates the amenities at Rancho Del Lago, where the sale horses all get daily pasture turn-outs. The facility has a covered arena, full dressage court with mirrors and a jumping arena.


For more information about Jessica and her for-sale horses, visit www.JessicaMillerDressage.com.