Jesse began riding at the age of 8. She has competed in Vaulting, Three Day Eventing, and Jumpers and has developed a reputation for success with challenging horses employing natural horsemanship and dressage fundamentals.
In 1998 Jesse began her baccalaurate studies at Cal Poly Pomona and rode on the Intercollegiate Team. She earned both a California Teaching Credential and a Masters Degree in Biology. She taught High School Biology, but was then drawn back to her first love… Horses.
After relocating to Washington State, she decided to advance her dressage education. Piaffe and passage expert, Alfredo Hernandez, impressed with Jesse’s groundwork and her raw talent, took her on as his first ever student intern. After traveling with Alfredo for over a year Jesse launched her own specialized In Hand Clinics.
She is currently pursuing her competitive aspirations in dressage while offering her popular In-Hand clinics world wide.
Kailee – Assistant Trainer
Kailee has dedicated her life to better understand and develop horses. As a USDF bronze and silver medalist, she has extensive experience working horses from training level to the FEI levels. She is currently working towards her gold medal.
Kailee has a passion for difficult or “problem” horses. Whether behavioral or physical challenges, Kailee looks at each horse as an individual and tailors a program to help that horse reach its full potential.
At the age of 6 Kailee took her first riding lesson, and from there her journey into the horse world began. She has tried a variety of different disciplines but dressage is where she is most passionate.
In 2008 Kailee started working for Siggi Wolff and training with Jesse Sommerville. She was fortunate to train and show with the Cavallis team and won several awards including 2012 region 6 championship, high point awards, and being ranked first in the country for 2013.
In 2014 she moved to San Diego to further her experience and education. There she worked for David Blake and Rebecca Rigdon. Kailee was able to work with horses from training through to Grand Prix as well as gain invaluable knowledge from some of the country’s top trainers.
She bought her current horse, Ling, while working in San Diego. She has taken Ling up to Prix St Georges with goals of getting her to Grand Prix.
Alex – Working Student
Alex (Alexandra) is a Working Student at JS Equestrian Sports providing support for Jesse.
She has been riding since the age of four and is an active member of the Snohomish 4H winning numerous awards over the years. Most recently Alex placed 10th at state and 2nd at a county level for Judging in the 2017 season.
Alex’s passion and love for horses is clear in all she does. Her gentle, yet disciplined, approach builds mutual trust with the horses she works with.
We have moved to a dedicated JS Equestrian facility
At the end of November, JS Equestrian Sports relocated to a beautiful, privately owned facility just north of Woodinville.