Jenna Breitinger, originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, began taking horseback riding lessons at the age of seven. One of her most memorable experiences during her adolescence was riding horses on the beach every year in the Outer Banks while vacationing with her family. Over the years, her passion of equines grew tremendously. Endless hours of barn chores, lessons, as well as working with green horses, allowed her to develop strong horsemanship skills. She had a special interest working with the troublesome horses that needed extra attention in order to excel.
Once Jenna reached seventh grade, she was able to start leasing her first horse, ‘Robin’s Hershey Kisses’. This mare prepared her for the responsibilities that come with owning a horse. The experience made her realize the vast amount of time and effort that had to be given in order to properly care for these amazing animals. Her next step was purchasing a four-month old filly. Throughout the years she meticulously cared for and developed a strong bond with her horse. After a few years of instilling ground manners into Raina, she broke and trained her. Jenna also kept up with barn work, helped her trainer with riding lessons and was a huge part of the barn’s summer riding program.
Upon entering college at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Jenna regretfully sold her horse. While at the university she was involved with the equestrian team where she further developed her horsemanship skills. Being a part of the team meant a minimum of one lesson per week, approximately twelve horse shows per semester (through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association), team meetings and fundraising. At that time, Jenna also rode horses o
wned by her teammates in shows outside of the I.H.S.A..
After graduating with a Marketing degree in 2009, Jenna moved to New York City. During this time she worked full-time at a financial firm while also taking on a weekend job as a horse groom. Jenna occasionally took trips back to Pennsylvania to assist in re-training off the track thoroughbreds, a huge passion of hers.
Moving forward, she started working at Rockleigh Equestrian Centre, which turned out to be a perfect fit. Currently she teaches lessons, assists Lucia with training as well as caring for client horses and takes part in marketing for the centre. She is currently attending graduate school, pursuing her doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. In the future, she plans on obtaining a certification in equine rehabilitation.