For more than 20 years, Jody was a Grand Prix dressage rider and competitor. While traveling the world to compete, she earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of California, San Diego, also winning an individual NAYRC (Junior Olympic) medal and the United States Dressage Federation gold, silver and bronze medals as well as becoming a USDF “L” judge.
Staying in San Diego after graduation, she established herself as a well-respected professional, coaching numerous students to local and national championships in dressage and eventing. She was also elected to two terms as president of the California Dressage Society, San Diego Chapter. A long-time proponent of clicker training with dogs, over the years she has volunteered her expertise to many non-profit service dog organizations as well as owner-trained teams, while helping to pioneer ground-breaking, goal-directed animal assisted therapy programs for veterans and at-risk kids.
In 2007 Jody joined the Animal Behavior Management Alliance, which provided her with the opportunity to learn from experts outside the domestic animal field and to expand her training experience to a multitude of different species. That same year she became certified in TAGteach (Teaching with Acoustical Guidance) and began incorporating more positive reinforcement and evidence-based methods into her business, with a renewed passion for teaching humans how to train.
Over the next several years as her perspective broadened and she grew increasingly aware of the need to improve behavior management practices for domestic animals (especially horses), she partnered with Megan to form Train with Trust, and transitioned from dressage training to full-service behavior consulting and education.
Articles have been published about Jody’s work with horses in major magazines including Practical Horseman and California Riding, and she has been featured as an expert in assistance animals and public policy on BBC Radio.
Bachelors of Communication, University of California San Diego
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