Jessica Stewart Riley

Jessica Stewart Riley

Program Director and Assistant Professor, Equine Studies

Jessica Stewart Riley is a member of the AQHA Professional Horsemen and a Level 2 ARIA certified instructor in Huntseat, Western, and Stable Management. She has competed in both Western and English events at Quarter Horse shows, Western Dressage shows, Intercollegiate Dressage shows, and Hunter/Jumper shows. She has won numerous state championships and regional all-around awards and competed nationally at the AQHYA World Championship Show, East Coast Championship Show, and Region Six Championship Show. Jessy has been training horses professionally in numerous AQHA disciplines since 2003 and coached Youth and Amateur at AQHA shows, including finalists and Top-Ten finishers at the all American Quarter Horse Congress.

Jessy is an Equine Sports Massage Therapist, also certified in Acupressure and Electro-Acupressure by Animal Dynamics in Reddick, Florida. In the fall of 2015, Jessy accompanied VTC colleague Lori Berger to the Western Dressage World Championship Show in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Jessy coached Lori to win 3 world champion titles and numerous other top ten placings in this rapidly growing discipline. She also spends some weekends in the summer judging Open and 4h horse shows around Vermont.

A horsewoman with eclectic tastes, her next goals include becoming a licensed United States Equestrian Federation western dressage judge and trying her hand at cattle sorting and ranch horse versatility shows. Her education includes an Associate in Applied Science in Business Technology & Management from VTC, a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science from the University of Vermont, and a Master’s of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Johnson State College.