I grew up in Loudoun County, right in the middle of horse country. My parents owned two lesson/boarding barns, and I was on a pony from the minute I could hold up my head! Almost every weekend of my childhood was spent at horse shows where my sisters and I would compete or at equestrian endurance races cheering on my mother! While most of my riding career has been in hunter/jumper, I have also competed in eventing, endurance and western gaming, such as barrel racing, pole bending and team penning. It only seemed natural that when it came time to pick a college, I would follow my passion for horses. I attended Hollins University and rode for their equestrian team. After college, I worked for an equine veterinarian but found my way back to my true calling, teaching riding lessons. I teach my students a strong foundation of strength, equitation and compassion for their equine partners. Nothing makes me happier than to see my students blossom into amazing, responsible and caring equestrians!
Unlike most of my HMC Equestrian colleagues, I did not grow up riding horses. In fact, I started in 2017 when I decided to join my children in their weekly beginner lessons and figured I would see what happened! Well, my children certainly surpassed me in their riding abilities, and I have found many muscles I never even wanted to know existed in my body. Nonetheless, I have loved every minute of my mid-life crisis journey into the world of horses and am happy I've been able to help HMCE share this world with so many other people!
I grew up in Somerset, PA, and earned my BA in Government and German from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. I also earned my MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The George Washington University. I have always enjoyed working with people, especially students. I have also loved animals and spent much of my youth saving and rehabilitating wild baby bunnies, birds and any other creature our family's Springer Spaniel would discover in her pursuit of the ultimate chase!
This love and respect for animals has certainly come in handy as my family now owns more horses than there are people who can ride them! Parker, Maven, Maverick, Beluga, Kerrit, and Finley are all now part of the Folliard herd.
Jamee started her riding career at a very young age. Her grandparents owned a farm where she was brought up riding and showing horses of all disciplines. In 2005, Jamee was Vaulting National Trot Champion and was Junior Young Rider Reserve Champion in Dressage and received many other accolades in her years of showing. Jamee has experience in dressage, jumping, eventing, and western riding. While in college, Jamee was a Virginia Commonwealth University Equestrian Team member, where she competed in the 2-foot hunters. She currently competes at training-level in eventing and first-level dressage. Horses are her passion, and Jamee specializes in building the ultimate partnership between horse and rider.
James is a veteran of both the horse world and the United States Army. James grew up on a thoroughbred breeding farm and learned to ride and compete his mother's racetrack rescues. He was on the University of Virginia Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team for four years and spent his college summers working various racetracks and show barns. Over the years he has ridden and cared for jumpers, hunters, eventers, racehorses, endurance and trail horses. James continued to ride while serving for 22 years in the Army and had the opportunity to ride Arabs in the Middle East and quarter horses "Out West." He lives in Middleburg with his wife Claire, four kids and two dogs.
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