Meet our trainers
-- Julie Pickering --
Trainer/Instructor Julie Pickering has been riding and teaching professionally for over 20 years. She holds an Equestrian Science degree from William Woods University. Julie has many world and national championship titles, including the 2002 AMHA Youth of the Year. Julie actively competes herself in many divisions including Performance Hunters, Green Hunters, and Grand Prix jumpers. Julie's students have followed in her footsteps and have won many championships across the country including 3 wins and several top placings in USHJA National Hunter Derbies. Julie was the youngest licensed USEF "r" judge at the age of 21. Julie is dedicated to teaching her students excellent horsemanship with an emphasis on the love and respect of the horse, as well as the discipline required to be successful in the sport. Come join the JP Equestrian team and learn what makes this time-honored sport so fascinating!
Trainer Julie Pickering pictured at a show in Tennessee with students
Kate Brightwell is the assistant trainer for JP Equestrian. Kate has an education degree from Drake University. She has ridden with JP Equestrian for all of her junior years, and has organized our summer camps every year. Kate’s showing experience includes hunters, equitation, and jumpers at the 3’6” level.