Beverly Jovais

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  • 16 Oct, 2013
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Beverly is one of the top trainers in Northern California and runs her program, Chestnut Hill, at Alder Lane Farm in Cotati.  Her riders are consistently among the top ribbons, and frequent winners of year end awards.  Beverly excels at helping riders attain their goals and have fun in the process.

Beverly and her assistant trainer Katy Candy, enjoy teaching everyone, from beginners to advanced riders. Chestnut Hill welcomes riders of all levels, and encourages those who love to ride but don’t enjoy showing.

2012 was a terrific year with Chestnut Hill riders bringing home championships in PCHA “A”, PCHA, Region 3, and NorCal year-end divisions.

In 2011, Chestnut Hill riders brought home reserve championships in the following NorCal year-end divisions:

  • Low Amateur-Owner Hunter 18 & Over
  • Children’s Hunter 14 – 17
  • Adult Amateur Hunter 41 & Over

In 2010, Chestnut Hill riders won:

  • Champion and reserve in the NorCal 3′ Medal Final

and championships in the following NorCal year-end divisions:

  • Pony Equitation
  • Equitation 11 & Under
  • Equitation 36 & Over
  • Pre-Green Hunter
  • Junior Hunter 16 – 17
  • Adult Amateur 41+, and
  • Small/Medium Pony

In 2009, Chestnut Hill riders won:

  • Pickwick Medal Final
  • NorCal 3′ Medal Final
  • CPHA Child/Adult Regional Medal Final

Her students also won countless hunter, jumper and equitation championships at shows throughout the year. Beverly’s proven approach stresses excellence built on classic basics, safety and fun.

Certified by the American Riding Instructor Certification Program, Beverly celebrates her 30th year as a professional trainer in 2011, and she recently added judging to her long resume.

Raised in Pennsylvania, Beverly started riding at the age of eight. Two years later, she began competing in the pony divisions and later moved on to the junior and adult hunter and equitation rings.  An avid competitor and student of the sport, Beverly’s trainers included well known names such as Cynthia Hankins (junior equitation star and now judge), Jack Trainor (winner of numerous National Horse of the Year Awards, Master of Foxhounds and lifelong horseman), Debbie Shaffner (former member of the US Equestrian Team),  Major Jeremy Beale (former Olympic rider for Great Britain and USDF gold medalist) and Ben Guanciale (winner of numerous Zone and National year-end awards).

A former board member of the Northern California Hunter Jumper Association, Beverly has her “r” judges license.  “The USEF Learner Judges program was as rigorous, challenging and educational as college,” says Beverly.  “There is nothing I love more than helping my clients attain their goals.  I know that judging will provide me a whole new perspective that will ultimately make me a better teacher, benefiting my riders and their horses.”  Beverly plans to obtain her “R” judge’s license within the next few years.
Beverly also offers one and two-day clinics at students’ facilities. Beverly’s clinics are geared to address the level and needs of the riders. With beginners, she returns to the core of her program – excellence through the application and practice of the classic basics. With advanced riders, Beverly works on polishing the subtleties that transform another competitor into a winner.

Married since 1983, Beverly and her husband reside in Marin County.  They are the parents of three daughters, each of whom has successfully competed on the “A” show circuit.

Beverly’s Video Topic:

10 week

Pony Division Basics

Join top pony trainer, Beverly Jovais, in this series where she introduces the basics of the pony division, giving newcomers to the pony ring a sense of what is required to compete in this division. In this series she outlines the numbers associated with ponies, such as pony strides & pony heights, guides her young student through properly presenting a pony for the model & under saddle classes, and narrates a hunter and a handy round.

Running Time: 14 minutes and 41 seconds