Janet is a native of Colorado Springs. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in advertising and marketing. Riding western and hunters from an early age, she was named the “Girl of the West” for the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in 1973.
Her interest in dressage started when she lived in Oxford, England, and she passed several British Horse Society Instructor Exams. She is currently an FEI “I” judge, AHSA “S” Dressage Judge and an AHSA Sporthorse “R” Breeding Judge. She has judged at all major shows in the United States including the FEI North American Young Rider Championships, the FEI North American Junior Championships, the USA World Cup League Finals, the FEI North American Championships, Dressage at Devon, USET Festival of Champions and FEI shows in California, Illinois, Arizona, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Florida, Washington, and North Carolina.
She has also judged national championships and CDI*** in Guatemala, England, Canada, Poland, Australia and Mexico as well as the FEI World Cup League Finals for the United States, Canada and Australia. In 2004 she was invited to judge both of the USET selection trials that selected the Olympic Team for Athens, and in 2006 she judged at the WEG Selection Trials for the United States. She has passed her FEI Exam to be a Young Horse Judge.
As a rider, Janet has won her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals and gives clinics throughout the United States. Her students have also won many Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals.
She writes articles for various horse magazines and was involved in producing and writing the scripts as well as doing the voice overs for several USDF judges training videos and USDF On The Levels.
She is a former member of the USDF Executive Board, the USA Equestrian Board of Directors, a current member of the federation Dressage Committee and the International High Performance Dressage Committee. She is also on the USDF “L” Faculty and instructs federation judges training programs throughout the United States for dressage and sporthorse breeding.