Maple Plain, Minnesota
Jacqurei Oaks is pleased to partner with several of the area's most talented trainers and instructors:

Martina Chapman
was born and raised in Germany and has been riding since age 14.  She personally trained her first Dressage prospect through Grand Prix, and in the process was recognized as a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist.  Martina is also a USDF "L" judge. Martina's training and teaching methods are based on the principles of Classical Dressage which always maintains the good of the horse as the top priority.

Kati Johnston
has been riding, training and competing in Eventing and Show Jumping for over 25 years and has studied with some of the top competitors in the country.

An A-graduate Pony Clubber, Kati was showing at Prelim level by age 16 and in 1999, she won the 2-Star Team Gold and 2-Star Individual Silver at the NAYRC. She spent seven years (1997-2004) working for and training with the renowned international Eventer, Phillip Dutton. In addition to starting, training and showing horses for Phillip and his clients, Kati has also brought two of her own young horses up through the 1-Star, 2-Star and Advanced levels.

Now a professional instructor, Kati looks forward to sharing her exceptional knowledge of balance, pace, speed and precision on the cross country course with riders of all levels.

Jane Martinson grew up with horses in her life. Her family ran a small boarding stable where she and her sisters helped out with everything from cleaning stalls to riding horses to baling hay.  Her junior years were spent showing, eventing, and foxhunting; she earned her Long Lake Hounds colors at 15 and was an H-A rated Pony Clubber.  Jane has Animal Science and Vet Tech degrees from the University of Minnesota, and groomed and rode under Louise Otten for 20 years.  She has trained and clinicked with Leslie Howard, Timmy Kees, Molly and Chris Cawley, Kent Farrington, George Morris, Anne Kursinski and Joe Fargis.  She has also completed an equine massage course and takes an active interest in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation. Jane is excited about turning professional and being able to contribute to the horse community.  She teaches all levels using a strong flatwork base to help develop the rider's jumping skills.

Nancy McDonough
specializes in working with beginning and young riders learning the basics of Eventing from Beginner Novice through Training Level.

Alison Sader Larson
is one of the top riders in America. She has earned FEI status and has been awarded a coveted position on the United States Equestrian Team’s "developing rider" list.  She has earned more than a dozen Top Five finishes in national competition and has been awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal honors by the United States Dressage Federation. She is a talented instructor and clinician, and works with dressage horses and riders from Intro through FEI.

Barb Sheldon
has training in German style competition riding as well as Classical Iberian and French styles. She has studied with Willi Schultheis; Jaap Pot; Anders Lindgren; Lendon Grey; Dominique Barbier; Luis Ramos Y Paul (first riding director of the Spanish riding school in Jerez); Doina Fisher, his student; Jean Claude Racine; and Susan Norman, his student. Barb has won the USDF Freestyle championship at Third level and numerous regional championships. Barb has over 25 years of teaching experience.  She specializes in position and seat for the adult rider, and teaches each rider not only to ride but to develop their horse as an athlete through improved observation, health care and horsemanship skills. Quiet, educated school horses are available. Barb has also worked with disabled riders, taking the time needed to serve their special needs. Barb invites you to visit her personal website at

Laura Sulander began riding at nine. and brings over 50 years experience.  She believes in bringing horses and riders along with a theme of quiet calmness.  She approaches them with consistency and compassion, using classical principles, to enable both to grow in harmonious fitness of body and mind.  Laura is dedicated to communicating to each rider in a way that is understandable, making certain the realization of progress and growth---a partnership between student and instructor, allowing the rider to express their goals and dreams. 

Her formal education includes training in jumping/classical horsemanship with Fran Reker; dressage specialty under Kathy Thiessen and Susan Bedford at Brightonwood. 

After showing from Training Level to Prix St. Georges on a Saddlebred horse she leased, Laura purchased a sports bred filly, training and showing her also to Prix St. Georges. With classical training she is still performing with joy in her twenties.

Dana Thomas
began her show career in the Hunter ring, but was captured by Dressage after discovering how correct riding on the flat will benefit every horse. For the past 35+ years she has successfully trained and shown her own, as well as client horses, in Open Dressage classes from Training Level through Prix St. Georges. "I have been fortunate to have obtained my Dressage Education from top trainers and clinicians. I also believe that continuing education is important. Reading, watching, and participating help keep Trainers up to date on new issues, yet reaffirm the basics of correct training methods." Dana has participated in the L Judges program as well as the USDF Instructor Certfication Program (PA). Dana enjoys teaching correct flatwork for both Hunter/Jumpers and Dressage. She has also had great success with teaching riders how to keep their older horses in shape with the use of stretching and gymnastics. "There is no greater joy for me than to see every horse and rider improve together."

Brittany Mark
offers training and instruction in Dressage and Eventing. Brittany has trained and shown her horses from BN through Prelim and CCI*, and has a special understanding of the challenges and rewards of working with OTTBs. She clinics regularly with top trainers so she can pass their knowledge and expertise on to her students. Her focus is to help the rider understand the correct use of the natural aids in order to communicate effectively and guide the horse to its ultimate performance.

We are happy to provide contact information for any of our instructors upon request. JO also allows boarders to bring in their own instructors; please contact us for details.

Jacqurei Oaks allows only private lessons and allows only one lesson per hour in order to maintain ring availability for all our clientele.