Our next rider in the Shore Rider Profile Series comes to us from Queenstown, Maryland by way of England. She is currently studying Equine Sport Science at UWE Hartpury, gaining valuable experience she can bring back to the Eastern Shore. Jules’ family runs Ennisbrook Farm, also located in Queenstown. Remember, if you want to have your own Shore Rider Profile, click here to find out more about submitting your story!
Jules Ennis riding Walstraed at the 2011 Plantation Field CIC**.
Tell us about yourself: Jules Ennis of Queenstown, MD has competed to the Advanced Level in the Olympic sport of Three Day Eventing. Jules is nineteen years old and is currently attending university at UWE Hartpury in England.
Tell us about your horse(s): Walstraed is my upper level eventing horse. I call him Jack, or sometimes, Muffin. Jack is a ten year old Dappled Gray Dutch Warmblood. He is seventeen hands, but is very proud and seems taller in person. He was imported to the states by Jan Byyny as an Olympic prospect, but due to an unfortunate accident, she sold him to us when he was seven. I brought him back down to training level and then we moved up through the ranks together through Intermediate and CIC**. The year before we left for England we finished in the top ten nationally of the United States Eventing Association Young Riders.
I also have a five year old Irish Sport Horse named Cooley O. He is a fabulous jumper but we just started his competitive career last month. Cooley O is only about 16 hands and is very lovable.
How did you first start riding: I first started riding as a three year old being led around on my Mom’s horse, Ariel. Ariel taught a lot of kids on the Eastern Shore how to ride and jump. My first pony, Angel, was as cute as they get and for a couple of years I pretty much just jumped on her or any other pony in my sights bareback. My mom bought me a Western saddle for twenty-five bucks at an auction, but I didn’t usually bother with it. Instead of Girl Scouts I joined the local 4-H club in Queen Anne’s County and had lots of fun at Fair racing barrels and Nez Perce as well as riding equitation, dressage and jumping. I even did some cutting and roping. When I was nine, I joined pony club and became interested in eventing. I wanted to learn all I could about taking care of my horse so have spent every summer since as a working student.
Jules getting ready to barrel race at the Queen Anne’s County fair on the pony Pixie in 2009.
What is your favorite part of working with horses: I love everything about working with horses which is why I am getting a degree in equine sports science. I want to learn all I can about developing each horse to its greatest potential. Because so much of that also entails the rider, a significant number of my classes delve into the human side of riding.
What are your short-term goals for this year: My short term goal for this year is to compete Jack at the CCI** level in the fall and prepare to move him up to the three star level next year. There are so many great competitions in England, and I want to get the most experience that I can. I also have a great five year old, Cooley O that I am getting to know and competing at the lower British Eventing levels.
Where do you want to be in your riding career in 5 years: If everything went perfectly…which it never does with horses…I would like to have ridden for the U.S. Olympic Eventing team in Rio in 2016. Not every horse has the talent to compete at the four star level, and Walstraed IS that talented of a horse. Making the team is a matter of talent, dedication, and luck. Only four riders make the team every four years. However, if I successfully compete the four star at Badminton then I will be able to check off the number one item on my bucket list. From there, I would like to step back and start training and teaching other horses and riders to be the best they can be.
Favorite horse movie: The Man from Snowy River with my favorite horse scene ever with the final chase and the awe-inspiring horse ride down the mountainside.
Best advice you’ve ever been given: Always wear a helmet!
Since I am only nineteen, I’m still figuring out the end results of most of the advice I have chosen to follow or not follow. All my life I was told there is no money in horses, don’t go in that direction. Well, obviously I am ignoring that advice getting my degree in equine sports science and pretty much dedicating the rest of my time to my horses and competing. I figure I would rather be poor and happy by pursuing my dreams rather than work in an office. I know that I can make money at training horses and being a riding instructor, but in order to afford to compete at the highest levels, I need to learn how to promote myself and show others that I am worthy of their sponsorship. For now, I will continue to better my skills by training with the best in the industry and competing against first rate riders on the challenging courses in England.
Most memorable horse experience: Riding my seventeen year old thoroughbred, Findhorn at the Advanced level at New Jersey Horse Park. I started riding Finn when we were both twelve and to finish in fourth place in our first Advanced horse trial together had me on top of the world. It wasn’t the ribbon, but his magnificence on the cross country field that had me so psyched. It would be my last competition on him and it could not have been more perfect. In fact, our whole last season was incredible…I love that horse.
Link to website or blog: www.juleseventing.com, www.facebook.com/juleseventing
Jules and Walstraed at the 2011 VA Horse Trial CCI* trot up inspection.
Jules and Walstraed during show jumping at the 2011 Plantation Field CIC**.