Jessica M. Filiatrault
Owner & Head Trainer
Jessica returns to Michigan after six years of intense training and study all over the country. Just prior to opening Matador Farm, Jessica spent two years as head trainer at Sunset Cliff Farms in Burnet, TX where many of her students earned top rewards at the “AA” level. Before that, she spent her 2011 show season working and riding for Anne Kursinski at Market Street Farm in Frenchtown, NJ. Her time there was spent refining her teaching and training skills so that she may better prepare her students and horses for the top levels of competition. She comes to Michigan very excited to share this valuable knowledge with her students.
Jessica has had a very well-rounded experience in her work with horses. Her early career was spent here in Michigan where she worked as an assistant to Tim Wright at Waverly Farm. While there, she piloted many hunters and jumpers to numerous year-end awards and championships from Pre-Green to Open Jumper. She had the pleasure to receive instruction from renowned trainers such as Polly Howard, Wendy Murdock, and Tim Grubb.
In 2007, Jessica moved to Texas and took the position as Assistant Trainer and Barn Manager for Sunset Cliff Farms under head trainer, Ginny Joyner. From teaching lessons and exercising show horses to starting young prospects under saddle, Jessica did it all. After two successful years, she left to continue her equestrian education and further develop her own training program. She studied various training techniques from reining to classical dressage with multiple professionals throughout the state. Through her work at a local breeding farm, she was able to focus on building a program for the development of young horses before going to the east coast to work with Anne.
Riders with the desire to develop solid skills and comprehensive horsemanship have the opportunity to learn from Jessica in a relaxed and fun environment. She likes nothing more than to see her students succeed and reach their goals, whether it is a ribbon in the beginner division or long-standing success at the Grand Prix level.