Jessica Bortner-Harris has a B.S. in Equestrian Studies from Wilson College. She focuses on a balanced seat while keeping a light atmosphere. The theory behind riding is explained during the lessons to make it easier for students to understand the "why" behind the correct way to ride. Dressage and jumping lessons are available. Jessica will travel to you or lessons. She is based in Thurmond, NC.

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JBH Eventing is a facility in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Rocky Start offers training, lessons, horse sales, and boarding. Lessons range from beginner riders up through the levels. Jessica has her B.S. in Equestrian Studies and has been teaching and training for most of her life. Rocky Start is a great place for kids to learn to ride and make new friends, as well as adults to get out and start riding. JBH Eventing consists of all of her students and their families. It is more than just a place to ride.
Jessica is available to help train both horses and students. She has brought horses up from the begining and brought them into their prime through her training techniques. While she rides, teaches, and trains horses herself, Jessica also continues to improve her own education through training with her coaches. Jessica has trained extensively with Bonnie Mosser and Kim Severson.

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She is an amazing instructor and trainer. Since riding with Jess I feel like I have actually accomplished something as a rider. She is everything you want in an instructor. She's honest, reliable, and talented. What more could you ask for?

Naomi van Yperen


I most appreciate that Jessica is Rider/Trainer/Coach that continues to be a student. She is always seeking ways to improve, learn and grow- then brings that knowledge and experience back to those that ride with her.

Anna Hamby


I have worked with instructors in Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina and have ridden in clinics with well known riders/trainers. I can honestly say that Jessica is one of the very best I have ever had the pleasure of riding under.

Amy Balley


I admired Jessica's tough but fair teaching style. She is patient but expects me to give it my best effort. She made me want my own horse again. I now have an OTTB that I love and cannot imagine life without. If it weren't for Jessica, I never would have taken the steps necessary to adopt him, nor would I be as confident in my abilities to help him reach his potential.

Maggie Hawks


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