To Whom it may concern:
Arnold and I have known Jacquie Armstrong since she was a little girl attending school with our daughter in Boissevain. This relationship developed into a lifelong friendship and we have always kept in touch with Jacquie. She has always been an animal lover and grew up with cats, dogs and horses in her life. In the spring of 2013 Jacquie offered to work a gelding of ours because she was living in the area once again and looking to continue her involvement with horses.
Krome is a bay Arabian gelding born in 1998 so we were a bit dubious considering his age and the fact he had been green broke years ago. Jacquie however was persistent and persuasive, so in April, weather permitting she started working with Krome. She started from scratch, beginning with lots of basic ground work and gradually progressing to the first ride on him in June. This was followed by rides on the trail across the farm and alongside roads. Safety for the horse and rider was always a priority whenever Jacquie worked with any of the horses. During the course of this retraining Jacquie demonstrated patience and gentleness with her equine student. She used a variety of humane techniques during this period as a result of her continuing research and study of the methods of famous equestrians such as Craig Cameron, David Archer, and Rick Gore, just to name a few. Jacquie attended the 2013 and 2014 Horses III in Brandon and took in the trainers’ challenge, absorbing their knowledge and skills demonstrated while working with their colts throughout the weekend.
Whenever she comes across a problem she perseveres, tries to figure out the cause and seeks a solution. For example Krome was fussy and reluctant to accept his bit when being bridled. Jacquie took time to correct this situation and was careful to avoid creating a problem where “bridling” became synonymous with anxiety for the gelding.
Jacquie has also “chored” for us while we enjoyed some holiday time. This included being responsible for all animals here on the farm and coping with any problems that can arise on an acreage. She keeps thorough written records of her training sessions and also of daily activity while we are away and she is in charge. Jacquie is always willing to help out when needed, handling horses for veterinary examinations or the farrier and generously sharing carrots with all the horses after the work is done!
Helen L. Deacon