Jontelle Forbus was born and raised on her parent’s Nebraska farm where her father raised Quarter Horses. It was apparent at an early age that horses were going to be a large part of her life.
She was exposed to many disciplines of riding as a child, however decided at age 16 to pursue dressage seriously.
In 1998 she took the opportunity of being a Working Student for Stal (Marcel) Timmermans/(Diedrick) Wigmans in the South of Holland. This led to the opportunity to work for Coby van Baalen. Over the two years she was able to ride many young horses for the van Baalen family; she learned to handle stallions, start young horses and prepare mares for breed inspections. In addition Mrs.Van Baalen allowed her to sit on several of her FEI horses, which became a pivotal development in her education.
In 2000, she returned to the U.S. and built a small business for herself starting young horses. During this time she studied under Deborah Bowman, one of the most influential of her instructors. Together with Ms. Bowman, they worked to prepare for the FEI Young Horse classes, and she became a USDF Certified Instructor.
In 2004 she married her best friend, Tim Forbus, her greatest accomplishment to date.
She and Tim collectively decided that she was to continue her riding education, and in 2008 they moved to Southern California. Working as Assistant Trainer to Jan Ebeling, she was able to ride many horses and begin at showing at the FEI levels in the California Dressage circuit.
In November 2009, she began working for Sue Blinks. She greatly admired Ms. Blink’s riding and wanted the opportunity to witness the development of her Dressage horses. This led to riding opportunities and to the position of Assistant Trainer. Her duties ranged from riding the young horses in training, to schooling Sue’s FEI horses, to teaching client lessons. She also was able to participate in monthly clinics with Denmark’s Morten Thompsen.
Beginning in the spring of 2012, she has established her independent training business. She offers full training services as well as lesson services out of Cumber Farm in Troy, Virginia.
Her goals are to represent the United States internationally and to develop horses and riders to the FEI level.
She also rides in a Wolfgang Solo.