Getting to Know Jonathan Field
Jonathan Field began his life with horses as an English rider, then transitioned to a working cowboy on an historic cattle ranch in Western Canada. Both these realms of riding still capture his heart; he continues to ride the range on his cattle ranch and enjoys riding jumping horses. His quest to expand his knowledge about horses abounds, and his passion was further ignited recently by private Jumping lessons with legendary gold and silver medalist George Morris. Whether pushing cows or jumping fences, Field's pursuit for knowledge about horses and his ardor for them is unending.
However, it was a tragedy that cemented Field's dedication to horses. After being injured in an industrial accident at age 19, horses played a crucial role in his recovery, both physically and mentally. From that point on, he was determined to give back to the world of horses by building his career around them and sharing what he has learned in his journey.
Over the next ten years Jonathan studied closely with a number of top instructors, learning their methods, listening to their ideas. He also credits the horses themselves as being teachers extraordinaire. He worked day and night toward becoming a valued and accomplished horseman: reading books, watching videos, attending clinics and studying the works of Pat Parelli, Ronnie Willis, Craig Johnson, Ray Hunt, Dr. R.M. Miller and George Morris, to name a few. Jonathan's success is not a surprise when you consider the gracious help, time and experience so many wise and talented horseman have personally shared with him. This willingness to share knowledge has sparked Jonathan to go the extra mile to help a student or a troubled horse, sometimes late into the evening at a clinic. He'll say the best way to repay your teachers is by passing it on to others.
Field travels across North America appearing at expos and teaching students of all skill levels. Performing with several of his own horses of different breeds, Field has a distinct talent for teaching people how to elevate their horsemanship and take their horses to higher levels of accomplishment — and he does it with humor and kindness. He continually explores the realm of equine psychology and is always developing innovative ways to improve on the horse/human relationship and how to teach that to others. Field has also documented his horsemanship teachings in home study DVDs that have proven successful for horse people around the world.
A gifted clinician and teacher, Field was presented the 2010 Readers Choice Award for Exceptional Equestrian by Canadian Horse Journals Magazine. Determined to become the best horseman he can be, he is also driven to share his knowledge. Field, his wife Angie, and their two young sons live in British Columbia, where he maintains two horsemanship teaching centers in Western Canada, just a bit north of Vancouver.