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Check Out Lesley Janssen’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lesley Janssen.

Hi Lesley, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I started riding lessons as a child. I have never been far from them since. I eventually bought my first horse named Skippy. Then came another horse. I attended college in Virginia that offered a degree in the equine industry. After two semesters there, I returned to Kansas to marry my cowboy. He was an amazing horseman. Together we built our training business. In 1999, we purchased a facility that we turned into a happy place for people and horses. Sadly I lost my cowboy to cancer. I have continued on and am on the verge of expanding. Horses are a way of life. I currently have many students of all ages and levels some show some do not. I love to watch the light come on and a person clicks with a horse. I love watching and helping people grow as horsemen and women.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Sometimes getting supplies in.

The work on a ranch is never finished.

People and horses happen at all days and times.

It was a struggle when my husband was battling cancer.

It was very difficult to carry on and rebuild on my own after he passed.

There are never enough hours in the day.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am brutally honest. Sometimes to my own detriment.

I have a great team of vets, farriers, employees, horses and clients.

I go the extra mile for the horses and people here.

I love to watch horses and people learn to love and care for each other.

Many of my clients have been with me over ten years.

I have taken a young girl and her young horse from zero to AQHA top 10.

I have seen shrinking violets turn into courageous and competent riders and people.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
The industry is stronger than ever. It is a 122 billion dollar industry.

The value of a good horse is high.

The level of performance is being raised every year.

The level of care available is amazing. From feeds to vet care.

It is still a family industry and I assume it will continue to be. You can’t do a good job by yourself. It takes a village.

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Lesley Janssen Amy Freeman Diana Brown

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