Head Trainer

Jaclyn Sicoli

Peace Of Mind Dressage

 

Jaclyn Sicoli keeps herself and her equestrian community busy.  Jaclyn’s passion for training and teaching started her professional equestrian journey in 2004 after receiving a BS in Biochemistry from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  Starting at the age of 10 years old, Jaclyn competed in hunter equitation from Short Stirrup to Medal Maclay divisions.  Dressage training was the challenge she was looking for with history, theory, and years’ worth of information to learn and master.  Full time training commenced in 2004 and continues today.  Three separate apprenticeships with Grand Prix trainers gave Jaclyn years of hands on experience training horses from birth to FEI.

Jaclyn has worked as a breed show handler, regional and national competitor, and as the first one in the saddle for countless horses.  Her greatest joy is having the opportunity to bring a horse or rider through the levels, helping them navigate the increasing demands of the training scale and technicalities of competition.  Many of Jaclyn’s students have followed in her footsteps, training their own horses with Jaclyn and experiencing the milestones and breakthroughs together.  Jaclyn has competed through Intermediare 1, earned her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals, and the necessary scores to enter the “r” USDF Judge’s Program.

Two of Jaclyn’s original articles have been nationally published in Dressage Today magazine.  Both articles described Jaclyn’s passions, one for young horse training, and the other for yoga.

Jaclyn is an Alumni of the Harmony Sporthorses Young Horse Trainers Symposium, USDF “L” Graduate with distinction, and former Board Member and Chairperson of the Potomac Valley Dressage Association.  Jaclyn lives 10 minutes from Woodvale Farms with her husband Luke and two dogs.

Training and Barn Staff

Jaclyn is ably supported by her staff, Erin Hudson, and Courtney Swars.

Erin Hudson has diverse equestrian experiences which stem from her passion for everything horsey!  In addition to previously earning her USDF Bronze Medal, Erin also competed in Endurance and Barrel Racing.  She can often be seen hacking bareback around the farm.  Erin shares her affection with all of the horses in her care and enjoys braiding, bathing, and cuddling.  Erin is training her handsome horse, Doc, an 8 year old Friesian/TB who she started under saddle herself.  Erin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Equine Business Management in May of 2014. Upon graduating in May, she spent six months working for eventer Mark Weissbecker.  Erin has ridden dressage for over 10 years, and has competed up to Fourth Level.

Courtney Swars has laid a strong basic foundation while training her own horse, Picasso, who she has worked with for the last 7 years. Courtney and Picasso nearly prepared to earn their USDF Bronze Medals scores.  This is in addition to Courtney’s progress and experience in eventing which she will continue going forward.  Courtney is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland with a degree in Agriculture Science and Technology and Secondary Science Education.  Courtney and Picasso have competed to First Level dressage and Novice Level eventing.  Courtney was a favorite instructor at Reddemeade Farm and came with high recommendations for work teaching, training, and handling sales.  Courtney has experience working with Stephen Bradley and Jimmy Woford and brings an enthusiasm for top quality horsemanship and equitation.