JENNIFER MATTHEWS WILLIAMS
They say that if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. Nothing rings truer for Jennifer Matthews Williams, co-owner of the H.O.T. Equestrian Academy (HOTEA) and JWB Performance Horses, who has spent the last 25+ years in the horse industry as a rider, competitor, instructor, and trainer. She is a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Master Instructor, an Approved Judge for the American Stock Horse Association, and holds a degree in Equine Training & Management.
Jennifer loves every aspect of the horse world, which is why HOTEA offers lessons and training in many types of Western riding. She designed her programs to suit every level of horse and rider from complete novice to seasoned competitor. After riding with top trainers in the industry over the years, she witnessed the overwhelming stress put on the students and horses to the point where riding was no longer fun. Students will be stretched and will grow in HOTEA's program. However, HOTEA values the stress-relieving aspects of horses and making sure that every student feels welcomed and uplifted, encouraged and confident, and enjoys themselves while improving their skills.
WESTERN RIDING & SPEED EVENT INSTRUCTOR
Haven has worked in many Western disciplines and enjoys empowering beginner riders as they explore their new skill and love for horses! She rode for the Texas Tech Equestrian Team in Western Pleasure, and then spent four years at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch coaching rodeo events and facilitating Equine Assisted Therapy classes. Today, Haven shares her passion for horses with others as a Western lesson instructor and an Equine Dentist!
BEGINNER WESTERN & SPEED EVENT INSTRUCTOR
Karissa has been riding horses for most of her life and began competing in barrels and poles about 10 years ago. She has been teaching beginner and intermediate lessons for the past 5 years and this is her 2nd year actively teaching speed events. Karissa loves teaching little ones how to ride and show them the love of horses - the whole reason she started to teach.