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.
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.
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.