Jody Marken

Jody has been involved with horses since childhood, both as an amateur and a professional. She has competed in Hunter/Jumper shows, Dressage and Eventing. She also enjoys trail riding, riding over open country with the Arapahoe Hunt, horsemanship clinics and working a cow.

Jody owns and operates Two Spruce Farm in Berthoud, Colorado. She teaches lessons in horsemanship and basic jumping and has helped many people safely enter the world of horses. She offers Trail Obstacle clinics that help establish better communication and trust between riders and their horses.  Jody and other expert clinicians also offer Cow-working clinics for a positive introduction and exposure to cattle for riders and their horses. Jody and Bonnie Brindle offer the excellent seminar and series “Fear Management for Horse Lovers – Don’t let the title scare you away!”

Jody founded the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center 33 years ago and has worn many hats there – from Director to Instructor to supporter. Jody believes in “giving back” and has volunteered for many horse events and organizations.


Jody is also a USEF “r” judge for Hunters and Hunt Seat Equitation. Jody loves to judge and feels that to be a better rider/competitor, everyone should experience the show from the judge’s perspective.

Jody is a student of the horse and has an open mind for learning new, more effective and interesting communication techniques with the horse. Jody credits many excellent trainers and clinicians for inspiring her with a continual thirst for knowledge and it’s application.

Jody is also a Physical Therapist.  Through her knowledge of anatomy and movement, she brings a unique perspective to her riding instruction for you and your horse.

Jody has witnessed many people who have the desire to work positively with their horses – but their lack of confidence prevents a healthy, enjoyable relationship. Drawing from her personal and professional experience, Jody wants to help people reestablish the satisfaction of working with their horses and “find their stride…”.

"Although you can’t go back and make a brand new start,
you can start from now and make a brand new ending.”