Customized Training Vacations

5 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)


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Come spend a week in coastal California training with Jec, enjoying the beach, wine tasting, and daily riding instruction on our horses. Immerse yourself in a rewarding learning vacation in paradise. Additional sessions and coaching can be booked upon arrival. Lessons can be customized to address a rider’s specific area of interest such as improving her/his seat, refining her cues, overcoming anxieties or areas where they might be “stuck” in their current training.
Sample schedule:
11am: private lesson
(time to observe training at the barn)
1pm: small group lesson
(afternoon free time to explore)
(morning free time to explore)
1pm: Private lesson
2pm: small group lesson
10am: private lesson or trail ride
12noon: group lesson with Jec’s local students

For a 3-day stay, total fees are $800 including 3 nights of lodging in a private room/bath within 15 minutes from the barn, or $500 (without lodging) and includes: six training sessions, an optional trail ride. 3-day stays run Monday through Wednesday.

For the 5-day retreat, total fees w/lodging is $1,500 (without lodging $1,000) and includes: 10 lessons, an optional trail ride or work in-hand lesson, time to spectate and observe other training and lessons, and 10 percent discount on any of Jec’s books or products purchased during your visit. 5-day stays run Monday through Friday.

Please email Jec directly to plan your trip!

5 reviews for Customized Training Vacations

  1. 5 out of 5


    I traveled to Santa Cruz at the end of April, 2017 for a week long riding vacation with Jec. The experience was wonderful! Before coming to Santa Cruz we talked about my riding goals over email and she set a plan for a week to help me reach those goals. I ride at first level and I was specifically interested in improving my position and aids. I loved that she had a variety of horses – different levels, breeds, heights, to ride and they all taught me something different. I was also able to do a bonus trail ride and watch her teach other lessons which was a lot of fun. The accommodations were wonderful and an awesome breakfast was delivered in a basket each morning. Besides riding, the Santa Cruz area is a beautiful place to explore. Jec and her friends had great recommendations for restaurants and things to see and do while I was there. I drove down the coast, checked out the redwoods, and did some biking and exploring in near by Capitola. Probably the most rewarding thing was coming back home and being able to apply what I learned with my mare and have her respond so well. Fabulous trip!

  2. 5 out of 5


    Great experience. Good school horses and location, professional staff. Jec’s facility is a small, private barn in a beautiful location– really peaceful.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Highly recommend. I did a 3-day vacation training. Jec has an excellent style of teaching -relaxed and encouraging yet challenging and instructive. When I was not communicating well with the horse, she would guide me, step-by-step, on what needs to be done. She understands the horse’s movements which helps in teaching students timing of aids and how the rider’s position inhibits/assists the horse. If you like Sally Swift’s style, you will appreciate Jec’s. I will take another training vacation in the future. Just recently I spoke to another boarder at my barn that also raved about Jec’s abilities and uses her horse exercises book.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Loved the week I spent learning from Jec last summer ( 2017). I would highly recommend spending a week or three days under her tutelage!!

  5. 5 out of 5


    The horses I rode were great and helped me start to influence the way I ride my own. I feel as though I will be much more productive as I will know now a bit more what to expect and what to focus on for myself.”

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