Jenna Rogerson is a highly skilled equestrian professional, well respected for:
- Coaching riders who compete on the “A” Circuit (National Gold) Level in Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation
- Producing riders who consistently finish in the top ten of the OHJA standings
- Her high standards and professionalism
- Having extensive training from World Cup and Grand Prix competitors
- Continuing to train with top-level equestrians—being committed to continual improvement
Jenna began her riding career with a passion for horses when she was five years old. Even at that young age, she knew this was more than a hobby – it was her life’s work.
Much of her early riding education took place at a popular stable, Carson’s in Barrie, Ont., where Grand Prix rider Elliot Stone also began his riding career. At age 10, she moved to Southern Cross Stables in Windsor, Ont. There, she progressed steadily through the ranks of Pony Club and the Trillium Circuit, training with Jonathon Chestler, a former Grand Prix rider. She later began to compete at “A” Circuit shows.
In 1998, she purchased her own talented young mare. A year later, introduced to dressage, Jenna began to train with Heather Buchner, a successful member of the Young Riders Dressage Team. Under Heather’s guidance, Jenna worked her way up the National Junior levels. Throughout this period, she participated in many clinics with Grand Prix riders and trainers Gillian Sutherland and Bill Challis, which thoroughly prepared her and her horse to compete successfully up to Basic 4 and Medium level.
Next, in 2004 she immersed herself in learning to coach, managing a small boarding stable on weekends while volunteer shadowing the head coach to learn all she could and to gain experience teaching.
After a chance introduction in 2002 to Jane Laframboise, a Level 2 USEF hunter/jumper coach, Jenna found her way back to the hunter/jumper world. Jane saw hunter potential in both Jenna and her horse. Together they trained for the 2005 show season to compete in Adult Amateur Hunters. Throughout the winter Jenna competed in many indoor competitions in the U.S. while preparing for the Ontario “A” Circuit that coming summer. But in spring her horse severely injured itself in the paddock and could not show that year.
Next, Jenna embarked on learning how to produce winning riders and horses on the “A” Circuit. She took a position as head groom and barn manager for Margie Gayford, a successful Grand Prix jumper, at Wingberry Farms in King City, Ont. For two years Jenna and her two horses worked alongside Margie as well as Margie’s father, Tom Gayford, who was a gold medalist in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Through handling every aspect of managing a show stable—from minor to significant—Jenna seized the opportunity to learn all about caring for and training show horses at the elite level. She gained invaluable knowledge and experience, in time becoming responsible for the transport of all Wingberry’s horses.
During this time, Jenna had the opportunity to travel North America to many top “A” Circuit shows such as Winter Equestrian Festival, Aiken, Atlanta, Quebec, Collingwood, the Royal and Spruce Meadows, multiple times. She spent countless hours watching ringside, walking FEI-rated and World Cup courses, and discussing different scenarios and training methods with many upper level riders. This gave Jenna insight into elite level competition and training.
All this experience has made Jenna an exceptionally well rounded, knowledgeable coach and trainer. She believes that all riders need a strong training program based on solid foundations. As well, her studies in psychology at the University of Windsor enable her to help manage high-level athletes by incorporating sports psychology and coping mechanisms into their programs.
Jenna currently operates her own facility, Skyland Stables, in Bradford, Ontario. Skyland offers boarding, training and sales services. The facility is equipped with all amenities including an indoor arena, outdoor arena, grass turnout, hacking and a newly renovated 18 stall with a separate quarantine barn. While she does ride, show and train herself, her passion is coaching and working with young athletes with a passion for the sport. Jenna now has students and horses showing successfully on the “A” Circuit in both core and non-core divisions from the Short Stirrup Division up to the Junior/Amateur Jumper Divisions.