training services

Clinics, workshops, seminars, Western and Classical Dressage. Jec is available for lessons in Santa Cruz, CA and at clinic locations nationally.

horse fitness


Jec Ballou is the top-selling author of four books that have become pillars in the equine industry, including 101 Dressage Exercises for Horses which is now translated in five languages. Her other titles include: Equine Fitness, 101 Western Dressage Exercises, and 55 Corrective Exercises for Horses. These books have solved many riders’ persistent questions about what they should be doing with their horses day to day. In addition, Jec wrote a 10-Week Conditioning Manual to help condition horses after a layoff, and just for fun she self-published a book of humor stories from her life as a traveling clinician The Unscheduled Dismount.


Jec was born and raised on a horse farm in Vermont and has spent nearly every day since then in the company of horses. She is a sought-after coach, offering clinics annually across the U.S. and Canada. Combining an expertise in horse fitness and classical dressage, Jec’s methods lead riders to measurable progress within an environment that prioritizes kindness to the horse. She works tirelessly as an advocate for understanding that proper biomechanical movement and athleticism can never happen as a result of short-cuts, force, or trendy training methods.


As an avid ultra-marathon runner and endurance athlete, Jec enjoys finding new limits every year. She won the Transelkirks 5-day stage race in British Columbia, holds records at 50k distances, placed 3rd overall in her first 100k, and has won amateur level mountain bike competitions. Joking that she is her own best guinea pig, Jec admits that fitness is not only a professional priority but a personal passion.

Jec's Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Jec!


I just wanted to reach out to you to tell you how much I LOVE your books (I have the 101 dressage exercises and liked it so much, I got the Equine Fitness book). I first read about you in Horse Illustrated and just love your simple grids and patterns. - Bridget Bellocq

"Thank you so much for all the extra effort; you gave much more than was expected and then kept at it till you got results. It was encouraging to watch Mystic change."
- Delaya of Cool CA

"Thank you again and you are truly helping us all with what you do and do a GREAT job!!!"
- Julie of Huntington Beach CA

"I just had to email you about your new book. I opened the cover. I was planning on taking just a peek.... I've now been engrossed in its pages for more than an hour. This is a completely user friendly book. I can't say enough!!" - Stacy of Half Moon Bay CA

"You know I do admire your work, so am grateful to have you and any others like you out there."
- Donna Snyder Smith

"I wanted to let you know I am on the 4th week of your back conditioning program and my horse is making good progress."
- Carla Hawks

"I am really enjoying your books and would like to get some more as gifts."
- Kris Van Roo

"My brother has several mustangs on his ranch located north of Sacramento. He has your books and has had much success with his horses applying your lessons. Thank you for the will make a huge difference in my life." - Jackie Hare

"Just wanted to thank you so much for your book of corrective exercises. It is invaluable to me as I’m rehabbing my horse & there are lots & lots of brilliant exercises in it (on ground & ridden)."
- Aoife & Bracken

“I have a senior warmblood and believe me Jec's conditioning and corrective exercises have helped with stiffness and stumbling issues that have come up. The results are amazing. No more stumbling. No more Preivcox. The simple things work.”

previous arrow
next arrow

Jec's Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Jec!

Training Services

Training Services

View our multi-disciplinary schedule of workshops and sessions for your equine athlete, and take your performance to the next stage.

Training Services

What's Happening

Get inspired and engaged in one of Jec's events near you, from national expos to local demo days, trail rides and Camps; A wide variety of activities going on.

Training Services


Find clear, practical training and fitness products you have been looking for. Jec's award-winning books are read and used around the world!