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.