Jennifer Allain Winchester has 25 years experience with horses. She majored in Equine Business Management
at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, and participated on the school's Intercollegiate Equestrian Team. Jennifer
believes education never stops and attends seminars and clinics to learn from others. From these
experiences, Jen has developed her own eclectic style of horsemanship that uses something from every clinician and horseperson
she has met, always mindful to keep the horse's instincts and inclinations the starting point. Also,
Jen has dual undergraduate degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice and a Bachelor of Arts
in Social Sciences. She is currently taking classes toward her teaching certificate and once that is completed,
she plans to continue with grad school to work toward a Master's degree in school guidance.
Jess Winchester, though relatively new to horses, is becoming a decent horseman in his own right. His
dedication to improving his horsemanship and his tireless investments of time, labor, and encouragement are a real blessing
to Jennifer. Jess has participated in a number of training clinics and is always eager to learn
more about horses. He has formed an incredible bond with his 4year old PMU gelding, "Dashing Mr. Marshmellow" (aka Mushy). Jess
has an Associates of Applied Science in Electrical Science and works at Verso Paper. Jess is a jack-of-all trades and works
endlessly to make sure the horses are comfortable and that Jen's back doesn't give out!
Spirit of Hope Farm maintains membership with organizations
that share and support our mission of improving humane treatment of horses, including the ASPCA (American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) , HSUS (Humane Society of the United States), and AHA (American Humane Association).
We also work closely with other Maine-based horse shelters and rescues to network and support their efforts
to improve horse welfare here in Maine. All of these organizations demonstrate commitment to helping animals
that have been neglected and abused, as well as a commitment to educating a new generation about compassion, caring, and understanding
of animals. Please do what you can to support their efforts!