Moran is a Bronze, Silver and Gold USDF Medallist.
Jo and her husband, Nacho, became good friends with Steffen Peters,
who was a key mentor in her early career. In 1988, she purchased
Wilfried, a 9 year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Thanks to Steffen’s
patience and persistence, Jo and Wilfried progressed through the
levels to Prix St. Georges and Intermediate 1.
Soon there after fate once again stepped in to add a new dimension
to Jo’s equestrian talents. During a show at the Orange
County Fairgrounds, Betsy Raine, Kathleen’s mother, asked
Jo about Wilfried’s breeding. It was then that she learned
that he was out of the same mare (Ramona) as Tudor, and became
intensely interested in bloodlines, and their relationship to
performance and traits. She began studying bloodlines and had
many discussions with Steffen. Jo believes knowledge of bloodlines
is important when evaluating and training a horse.
skills and philosophy didn't come overnight; they evolved over
a period of 35 years. The horse bug bit Jo Moran at the ripe old
age of 3, and many people are grateful that she didn't recover
from that bite.
During the ensuing years, Jo worked for Steffen, beginning as
his groom, eventually quitting her “day” job to work
and ride full-time. After selling Wilfried to Jo she bought Rosato,
a Westfalen gelding by Romiro.
When she decided to begin her own training business, Jo joined
Jane Weatherwax and Laurie Doyle at Pinky Roberts’ Circle
P in Escondido. Laurie helped Jo immensely with Rosato, and they
all had a lot of fun.
training business grew, forcing her to move to a stable that could
provide more stalls. She also began teaching clinics. After moving,
Jo began working with Guenter Seidel, an outstanding mentor who
has been instrumental in fine-tuning her skills and furthering
Jo is being coached by Kathleen Raine, Kathleen has been helping
Jo for the last three years.
Her riding skills and knowledge of bloodlines have been put to
good use in selecting talented prospects for herself and clients.
Wayfarer, selected for clients, was reserve champion first level
amateur horse USDF Region 7 in 1999. Nike, purchased as a two-year-old
from DG Bar Ranch, won the young horse championship at Middle
Ranch in 1999. Nabori, selected in Europe for Seana Curtin, debut
at the same show in 1999. She also helped her husband, Nacho,
select his talented gelding charisma.
and her husband Nacho work at their own facility in the Northern
San Diego area.
year ago Jo selected a mare for a long time client, which is currently
showing PSG, and I 1.
has ridden and trained many horses to high placings in horse of
the year competitions and enjoys working with horses and riders
at all levels. In 1998, she was long-listed for the USET with
Rosato. Her continuing education has included clinics with Johann
Hinneman, Robert Dover, Michelle Gibson, Anky van Grunsven, Tineke
Bartels, Steffen Peters and Linda Zang.
of the Jo Moran dressage estate.
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