Johnathan Bowman is a successful showjumping rider and trainer based in Wiltshire. His notable achievements include representing England on three occasions: Horse of the Year Show at Wembley, Olympia and Hickstead; being selected to jump abroad at venues such as Auvers and Bonheidon and winning classes at some of the UK’s largest shows.
Johnathan has a track record for spotting young talent and producing horses up the grades. A longtime relationship with breeder and former Olympian Rowland Ferneyhough has resulted in Johnathan having a steady stream of youngsters to produce. Many of Johnathan’s graduates have gone on to successful careers at the top level of the sport, including Balzac, ridden by Johnathan in his first shows and more recently in Nations Cup classes by Anthony Condon (IRE).
Johnathan has had considerable success on his own horses. His longstanding partner, Marcel des Rosiers, has a long record of wins with Johnathan in the irons. Other notable wins include winning the Welsh Masters Foxhunter Final, 1.25m final at Hickstead in the main ring, 1.25m Bluechip Finals at Hartpury College and winning Leading Rider at CSI Dunkerque.
As a trainer, Johnathan has a strong following in the UK’s South West and the Channel Islands. From Riding Club up to international level, Johnathan has over 100 pupils. Johnathan is patient and creative, with a variety of exercises for every type of horse. His teaching style makes him an extremely sought after coach. He is based out of his yard near Cricklade, Wiltshire, which boasts a large arena with a variety of jumps, 15 airy stables, turnout paddocks, lunge pen and access to hacking.
The JB Academy was formed out of Johnathan’s love for coaching, modeled after the successful academy-style programmes that exist in Europe and in North America. With 57 riders for the 2016-2017 season, the Academy has grown considerably since its inception. The JB Academy aims to improve riders’ skills and their general equine knowledge, with lessons, guest lectures and workshops held monthly. The JB Academy creates a community of likeminded riders who help each other at shows and celebrate others’ successes.
On any given day, Johnathan rides over 10 horses and teaches several lessons. He chooses Woof Wear as he feels the products are designed for horse and rider comfort and are extremely longwearing.
“We are delighted that Johnathan is part of our team of sponsored riders and we are honoured to work with him. He has an approachable and professional manner, not to mention a wealth of knowledge." Ali Felton, Sales Director.
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