Camp Instructor Bios

Volker Brommann

The Early Years Volker was born in Northern Germany, where his interest in the horse world started at the local riding club. He went on to apprentice in the German Equestrian Federation training program. Volker became a licensed Bereiter, F.N. in 1980, and a Pferdewirtschaftsmeister (this license is best known in the U.S. as Reitlehrer, F.N.) in 1988 under the guidelines of the German Equestrian Federation. Work with Klaus Balkenhol Volker started working with Klaus Balkenhol (former coach of the German and the U.S. Dressage Team, and an Olympic medalist himself) in 1994. Consequently, Volker became Klaus’s translator at many U.S. Team clinics for over 10 years, which gave Volker a lot of insight into the training of advanced dressage horses and riders. Achievements Volker is a USDF Medalist and has trained numerous horses and horse/ rider combinations to various USDF Medals. He trains and competes through the FEI level, as well as coaching other upper level riders. Volker has written numerous articles on dressage techniques for magazines including Practical Horseman and DressageTODAY, and he continues to contribute articles. Volker has been the guest speaker for many dressage organizations in different parts of the U.S., and he always welcomes the opportunity to talk and educate about our sport of dressage. The End Result Is Success Volker’s goal in training is to systematically build a horse and rider combination that understand one another, and can communicate, without changing their natural personality. In short, he likes to preserve and enhance the natural abilities of the horse and rider for their unified success whether the goal is achievement in competition or riding for pure enjoyment.

Heidi Chote

Heidi Chote has owned and operated First Chance Farm in Wilton, CA since 1988. She is well educated in horse and rider biomechanics t help riders work with their horses more efficiently by understanding the “cause and effect” of the horse-rider interaction.

Heidi has earned USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals on self-made horses. She is a USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer through Fourth Level and a faculty member of the USDF Instructor/Trainer Program. USDF University Credits have earned her one of only a few Diamond Diplomas in the country.

Heidi is also a USDF “L” Graduate and active member of USDF, USEF and CDS having served as a CDS Chapter Chairperson for two terms.

Jaki Hardy

Jaki started riding as a young girl in her native Ireland. Her first formal training came as a working student with Irish Olympian Heike Holstein and Gisela Holstein. Recognizing the opportunities in America, she moved to Connecticut to attend Woodcock Hill. She spent 4 years there, learning how to ride, teach and train and quickly became an instructor herself. After getting BHS certified, she moved to California to further her training under Lilo Fore. She considers Lilo and Volker Brommann her primary influences, but has worked with many top names along the way

She has been a full time, independent trainer for 18 years. Her teaching philosophy emphasizes a correct seat and soft aids. Jaki teaches all levels of riders. Her long list of students includes many juniors and amateurs, some who show regularly and some who just want to learn how to ride. Jaki can help you find harmony and understanding with your horse in the sport of Dressage. She is dedicated to the process of training for herself as well as her student’s. She is constantly advancing her education and is now a USDF certified instructor through 2nd, 3rd and 4th level and a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist. Her recent USEF "r' license can help you understand the dynamics of competition.

Jennette Scanlon

As a child, I always seemed to have a strange passion for horses. At the age of 13, I joined the US Pony club with my Quarter Horse, where I developed my love for 3-day eventing. Over the years, I formed lifelong friendships, developed my un-mounted knowledge of horse management, and worked for a Morgan farm. Upon graduating high school, I traveled to Pennsylvania with my horse to study dressage and barn management. A year and a half later, I returned to California to start my business, and complete Pony Club, where I graduated at the highest horsemanship level, the H-A. From there, I started horses for all disciplines and retrained problem horses. I was able to participate in many breed specific shows and events, but always seemed to keep myself involved in dressage and eventing. It was here, that I learned good work ethics and a lot about people and their horses.

After several years of gaining experience, I began to search for a better way to educate horses and riders. I traveled to Germany in January 2006 to ride at the Etoile International Academy and discovered a way of life that quenched every thirst for the horse I ever had. I became an associate trainer for the academy, and brought students over to ride, and find horses, every six months for the next four years until the Academy closed. To continue my learning here in the US, I became a USDF “L” graduate with distinction and have more recently earned my USDF certified instructor and trainer through 4th level. In the show ring, I have ridden numerous horses over the years, of every breed, and educated several of them through the FEI levels. I have earned my Bronze, Silver, and Gold medal on a horse I started with Ray Hunt as a three-year-old and educated through the Grand Prix level.

Currently, I am balancing my love for dressage, eventing and family. I completed 2015 by competing my horse at the one-star level of eventing. This year, I am competing a horse that I started as a four-year-old, have competed through the Preliminary level of eventing, and am now competing at the Prix St. George level in dressage. I continue to give back to an incredible organization, Pony Club, by acting as the Regional Instructional Coordinator for the Sierra Pacific Region, and as a National Examiner.