Would you like to learn more about western performance with an emphasis on becoming a better horseman at the same time?
Learning is hard.
It involves exploring new ideas and creating new habits.
Finding a coach can also be a challenge.
You need someone who has a teaching style you understand, values you agree with, and achieves results you desire.
…if you want to show then that person need to also understands how to coach, train and show.
Add to that list finding someone who will encourage you to learn all you can with the horse you currently have…and learn maintain YOUR horse YOURSELF with everything you’ve been taught…and now you face a real challenge.
We think we can help.
- Would like to understand how to train your own horse
- Would like to improve your control and communication
- Would like to ride in a group of people with similar goals
- Would like instruction on specific reining maneuvers
- Would like to improve your scores at the shows
What to expect:
Jesse has a wide range of experience in the horse industry, enjoys teaching and is a horseman first and foremost. What this means is that he will encourage you to grow and challenge yourself but not at the expense of your horse. Your horses’ physical well-being and mental understanding will largely impact your lessons and your long term success.
A true horseman understands that the key to success is the horse being an active participant in the learning process. During your lessons your goal may be to improve your score in the show pen….but don’t be surprised if you are asked to improve your groundwork or return to the fundamentals. Attempting to polish a maneuver for the show pen when there are problems in the foundation work is like adding another layer of paint to a house with cracks in the walls because of a crumbling foundation.
Jesse Westfall- NRHA Trainer, Coach, Judge
Jesse has a passion for reining and western performance horses.
He has judged in the US, Canada and Australia and his knowledge of the sport from both the training and judging angle give him an advantage when coaching.
Jesse still enjoys introducing horses and riders to the sport and educating them as they begin and continue to advance.
Additional fact about Jesse:
- Over 25 years of professional experience in the horse industry
- National Reining Horse Association Judge-has judged nationally and internationally
- Currently head trainer at Asbury University
- Farrier work
- Breeding Management for nationally successful breeders
- Experience in reining, working cow horse, colt starting, ranch riding, western pleasure, trail riding
Jesse takes pride in breeding and training reining horses that have both success and longevity in and out of the show pen. He has bred, trained and coached horses and riders that have won at local, regional and national levels while still insisting that the horses should be treated fairly and shown to the level they are capable of.
“I have ridden with Jesse for about 10 years. He is one of the kindest, most patient people that I know. His background of training, coaching and judging has provided a well rounded learning experience for me. He has not only helped me achieve success in the show pen, but he has also patiently walked me and my horses through the learning process together, helping us become a better team in and out of the show pen. I have a better understanding and appreciation for my horses and look forward to continuing this rewarding journey with Jesse’s help.” -Molly Wagner
“Jesse gave our son an incredible foundation in his early years of his riding, and created a foundation that he has continued to use throughout his riding career and also helped take him to the winners circle. Jesse is a natural born teacher.”-Julie Chilcote
“I first met and rode with Jesse ~2005, and instantly appreciated his character, horsemanship, and ability to teach people.
Being a top-notch trainer, Jesse will quickly identify what is needed and will explain things in a way that’s easy to understand. He will teach you how the horse thinks, acts, moves…..so not only will you improve you and your horse’s performance, but you’ll understand WHY things work and be able to apply it to other areas. I HIGHLY recommend taking lessons from Jesse!!”-Mikelann McCarty
Your choice: Group or Private
Private Lessons- $100 per hour
During private lessons with Jesse, you will receive one-on-one instruction. Jesse will provide you with a headset to wear during your lesson so that he can communicate clearly with you no matter where you are in the arena. The headset is a two-way system that allows both student and teacher to talk at any distance. Riders find this especially helpful when working on maneuvers that involve speed where the student often must get a review from the instructor after the fact because they were unable to clearly hear the instructor doing the maneuver.
You may come with a specific goal in mind or you may come ride and let Jesse chart the course of the lesson. The better you can clearly identify your goals for your horse and yourself for the next several months the more targeted your lessons can become.
If these hours don’t fit your schedule, or if you have additional questions, please call, text or email to discuss what would work best for you.