JENNIFER MATTHEWS WILLIAMS

OWNER

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 both English and 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.   

KATELYN LAUER

INTERMEDIATE WESTERN INSTRUCTOR (LEVELS 3 & 4)

 & BARN MANAGER 

Katelyn began her journey in the horse world at the age of 6 and has competed in Hunter/Jumpers, Classical Dressage, Reining, Cutting, Barrel Racing, Western Dressage, and Cow Horse events with her horse Nikki. She draws upon these experiences daily for the last 5 years as a Western riding instructor. Katelyn loves teaching children and adults alike skills such as responsibility, respect, trust, and unconditional love through horses.

 

Katelyn is also a certified equine massage therapist and has helped over 100 horses prevent and rehabilitate injuries through massage. 

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KIRSTEN COZART

BEGINNER INSTRUCTOR (LEVELS 1 & 2)

& INTERMEDIATE ENGLISH INSTRUCTOR (LEVELS 3 & 4)

Kirsten is from Dallas, TX where she started riding horses at the age of 5. She began competing in eventing and hunter/jumpers in high school with her mare Ayesha who she had trained from the ground up. During this time she also was an assistant instructor at her barn. Today she loves soaring over jumps with her gelding Chip and giving him all the head scratches he could want! Passionate about teaching, Kirsten enjoys helping her students reach their riding goals and develop bonds with the horses. The barn has always felt like home to Kirsten and she strives to pass that feeling on to everyone who steps foot on the ranch.

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JESSICA DAWSON

ADVANCED ENGLISH INSTRUCTOR (DRESSAGE & JUMPING)

ENGLISH TRAINER, & EVENTING TEAM COACH

Riding horses has been a lifelong passion for Jessica. She has an extensive background in 3-day eventing and dressage, as well as a ‘B’ rating from United States Pony Club. Through her education from Pony Club and working with several top trainers, Jessica has a deep appreciation for the importance of horsemanship and stable management as well as a solid understanding of training and teaching. With over 10 years of teaching and training experience, Jessica enjoys working with young horses and sharing her passion with riders of every age and level.