When Janis attended her first clinic with Clinton in 2002 in Ione, California, she had a lifetime of riding experience behind her. She was 11 when she got her first pony, by 16 she was riding and showing registered Morgans, she rode dressage through her late 30s and then picked up western riding. “I brought a 3-year-old Morgan to the clinic, and I didn’t know a thing about groundwork,” Janis says. “When Clinton taught us those exercises, a great big lightbulb went off in my brain.”
The experience forever changed Janis’s approach to horsemanship. She went home from the clinic and practiced nothing but groundwork for 30 days. “I was faithful. I think I have every single tape Clinton has ever produced. I’d get up at 5 in the morning, get some coffee and sit in front of my TV and watch him. I have logs of notes taken from studying the Method,” she says.
The California horsewoman has been to the ranch multiple times to take Fundamentals and Intermediate level clinics. “When I found the Method, it was like magic to me. The transformation I see in the horses I work with and even in myself is amazing,” Janis says.
She loves to share the knowledge she’s gained from Clinton by helping horsemen in her area. “Becoming an Ambassador was perfect for me – I enjoy working with horses and love teaching people. My goal is to train people who are passionate about learning the Method,” Janis says. ‘It’s a wonderful opportunity to help people better communicate with their horses while staying safe and having fun.”