Meet our trainers
-- Julie Pickering --
Trainer/Instructor Julie Pickering has been riding and teaching professionally for over 16 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
Brea Vega is the assistant trainer at JP Equestrian. She is an Iowa native who has had a lifelong passion for horses. She began riding at the age of ten, and has ridden and shown hunter/jumpers most of her life. Brea has been teaching and training for almost 10 years. In 2019 she achieved a reserve world championship at the Morgan Grand Nationals in jumpers. She has a strong passion for teaching and bringing up the next generation of equestrians.