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Jane Nordstrom

Jane Nordstrom, the owner and operator of Jane Nordstrom Training LLC, has more than 30 years of experience as a rider, instructor and barn manager in Northern Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Chicago area. 

Training Philosphy
Jane believes in teaching people how to use their bodies correctly to make their horses go correctly by combining solid basics with innovative training techniques.

About Jane
Jane began riding at the age of six and started showing shortly thereafter.  Switching to hunters at the age of 10, she rode out of Coach House Stables in the Chicago suburb of Glenview.  

After a successful career in the juniors, which included three trips to the Big Eq finals, Jane attended Drew University in Madison, NJ.  While at Drew, she was one of the first members of Drew’s IHSA team, competing for Drew for two years.  
After college, much to her parent’s short-lived relief, Jane gave up horses, moving first to New York City to pursue a career in social work and then to Durham, NC, where she started riding and competing again.

Profesional Training Career
In 1979, Jane moved to West Chester, PA as trainer and manager of Royalwood Farm.  She started her own training business shortly thereafter, working to produce some of the top ponies and children’s hunters in Pennsylvania, Zone II and nationally.  

Jane relocated to the Chicago area in 1984 and began Sunstone Farm, where she continued to develop top horses and riders, competing in both Zones V and VI and producing champions at the state and Zone levels.

During this period, Jane and her clients won numerous championships at AA shows all over the Midwest and East Coast.  She and her clients competed at Devon, Harrisburg, Washington and New York and placed several times in the year-end national standings.

Jane retired from training in 1989 after a serious injury and pursued a successful career in association management.  She moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1992.  

Never having shaken horses from her blood, Jane returned to riding in 2003. Responding to numerous requests for help from friends, Jane once again began training professionally in 2006.  She currently offers horse boarding, horseback riding lessons and coaching services out of Stone Gate Stables in Aldie, Virginia.  

Jane’s Virginia clients regularly win championships at area shows including Stone Gate Stables, Summerplace Farm and Sandstone Farm.  Her clients also compete at “AA” shows including Culpepper and the Middleburg Classic.  

In addition to training and coaching, Jane regularly judges hunter and jumper shows throughout Northern Virginia.

Jane is a member of the U.S. Equestrian Federation, the United States Hunter Jumper Association and the Virginia Horse Shows Association.

Jane Nordstrom has more than 30 years as a hunter jumper instructor and rider.
                      Photo courtesy of Michelle D. Harris
Praise From Our Clients

"Jane's positive teaching style and ability to really read a person's fears and concerns, along with her fabulous school horses, gets the job done in a safe and fun way." 
Kelly Meister, client.

"I learn something new every day I am with Jane. I honestly would not be where I am today without her and how willing and eager she is to work with everyone.  She is a true confidence builder.”
Alexa Lee, client.

"Jane has amazing patience but seems also to understand when I need to be pushed a little bit more. I always come away from my lessons with a sense of accomplishment and a smile on my face. She's a wonderful trainer.   And my horse absolutely adores her!”
Nina Erichsen, client.

"Jane is the kindest and most knowledgeable trainer in NOVA.” 
Beth McAlister, client.
Jane Nordstrom Training Receives
 2014 Best of Middleburg Award

September 10, 2014 -- Jane Nordstrom Training has been selected for the 2014 Best of Middleburg Award in the Horse Riding School category by the Middleburg Award Program.

Each year, the Middleburg Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Middleburg area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Middleburg Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Middleburg Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Middleburg Award Program
The Middleburg Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Middleburg area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Middleburg Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.