Trainers

Betsy Anderson-Owner/Head Trainer

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Betsy started riding as a young child, taking lessons during summers at a local stable, but it quickly progressed into more. She started leasing different horses and showing hunters from age 11 until she left for Illinois Wesleyan College in Bloomington, Illinois. While in college, Betsy took a year off from riding to pursue collegiate swimming but decided to return to her true passion: horses. During her sophomore year at IWU she created and led the equestrian team, competing in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and eventually qualifying for regionals individually. Betsy also found a great barn close to school, Hunter Oaks Farm, where she was introduced to the world of eventing, dressage and pony club. She continued coaching the IWU team two years after graduating and is very proud of the team’s continued success.

After college Betsy pursued the corporate path for a few years while still riding and competing her horses and teaching lessons on weekends. Betsy still wasn’t happy, decided to quit her job, rent out her house and move to Virginia to pursue a career strictly in horses. During her time in Virginia, Betsy had many great opportunities to further herself as a rider and trainer but decided to move back home to Illinois to be closer to family. Upon her return, she took a job managing and training at a non-profit retraining facility for off-the-track thoroughbreds in Barrington, IL. When that business closed, she started Jump 4it Equestrian.

Betsy when not busy riding or running Jump 4it she teaches mostly boarder, show team and our advanced riders.

Katie Crocker – Trainer

Katie began riding at the age of ten and has over a dozen years of hunter/jumper riding experience, including riding on the “A” circuit horse shows. As a young adult, she began working with her long-time childhood instructor to gain experience in the industry and to further develop her skills as a rider and trainer. Katie took a few years off to pursue a corporate career and start a family. Ultimately, she knew that her heart was back at the barn and in 2016 she returned to the sport.  What began as a substitute-teaching and riding  job at Jump 4 It Equestrian quickly evolved into an assistant trainer’s position, and a place Katie can truly call her second home. Now she works side-by-side with Betsy Anderson to provide the best instruction and quality care for both the horses and the riders that make up Team Jump 4 It!

 

 

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