Hunter, jumper and equitation training, for everyone from beginners to experienced competitors, is the name of the game at Jess Wentworth's Royal Heaven Farm. Located at the totally revamped "english side" of San Pasqual Valley Ranch in Escondido, Jess also runs an active sales consignment business. In opening her doors to a few more students and horses, Jess says dedication, a willingness to work hard and a desire to also have fun are the main criteria she seeks in prospective students. "I work hard myself and am extremely dedicated, so I expect the same of my students," she says.
Jess welcomes a total of between 15 and 20 horses but says she'll never grow to the point of jeopardizing her ability to provide individualized care and attention to all her students and horses. Royal Heaven's Riding Academy is a perfect place for beginners, and holiday and summer camps are popular entry avenues to the sport for local equestrian enthusiasts.
Royal Heaven's clientele is a mix of juniors and amateur riders. They've been successful at the local San Diego shows, San Diego Interscholastic Equestrian League events as well as shows like HITS Saugerties, in upstate New York. Jess enjoys taking her clients back East for the summer. She grew up competing and later campaigned as a young professional on the East Coast hunter/jumper scene, which she describes as "a different world." Taking students there broadens their perspective and exposes them to the riding and horsemanship of some of the country's top professionals, amateurs and juniors.
Jess turned professional right after her junior years. She counts such legends as George Morris, Anne Kursinski and Chris Kappler among the many professionals who influenced her own career. Amber Mitchell and Cindy Troy were instrumental in shaping her junior career. Jess ran her own business, with barns in New Jersey and Florida during the show season, for several years. She moved to California in conjunction with her other career as a real estate developer, and was happy to re-enter the training profession when the economy made that more appealing.
Professionalism is the hallmark of her business. "I'm up front and honest when it comes to the business side of things, whether it has to do with my clients or the management and care of their horses." With horses, she is a big believer in consistent routines. "I get very close to the horses and I understand them and know when their training needs to be rearranged or taken in a different direction. It's all about attention to detail and keeping everything consistent."
Jess works with all her students to set and accomplish clear goals. That's the case with everyone from beginners to those who want to chase points for year-end honors. Advanced riders sometimes have the opportunity to show consignment horses, a great way to market them on the circuit.
The trainer relocated to San Pasqual Valley Ranch last October and is thrilled with the facilities. Together with the ranch's owner Gregg Sindici, Jess built a brand new 10-stall barn and she raves about the large outdoor arena that's rideable through the worst rains Southern California has seen so far. She takes pride in offering great service at reasonable rates for full care and training, as well as other packages.
For more information, visit www.royalheavenfarm.com or call 619-985-9462.