Forever West Performance Horses LLC is proud to announce that multiple Reserve Congress Champion all-around coach and trainer Lia Jessen will be teaching horseback riding lessons and training out of The Trinity Ranch.

Lia focuses on teaching students and horses both western and English disciplines: Ranch Riding, Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Horsemanship, Hunt Seat Equitation, Showmanship, and Trail classes. She works with all breeds and shows AQHA, APHA, PtHA, ABRA, ApHC and at the local fun shows. She also starts colts, helps horses get acclimated to the trail, and helps horses and riders build confidence by working through training problems.

Lia is patient and fun in her work with all levels of riders- from beginners who have always dreamed of learning to more to advanced riders who are interested in fine tuning their skills- to pursue showing. Her teaching places a large emphasis on safety and connection with the animal.


Lia and her students have won the following awards:
Reserve APHA Congress High Point Rider
APHA Reserve Congress Champion, Hunt Seat Equitation
APHA Reserve Congress Champion, Hunter Under Saddle
Reserve APHA Congress High Point Rider  
Reserve High Point APHA Congress Open Rider
APHA Congress Top 3 in Open Ranch Riding
APHA Congress Top 3 in Open Reining
APHA Congress Top 5 in Open Hunter Under Saddle
APHA Congress Top 10 in Open Western Riding
APHA Congress Top 10 in Showmanship
Road Runner Classic Youth High Point Rider
4H State Fair Championships
4H County Championships

Her students have won multiple All-Around and Reserve All-Around High Point Awards (13 & under, 14-18, Novice Walk Trot, Novice Amateur) showing with the following associations:

  • America Paint Horse Association (APHA)

  • Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC)

  • American Buckskin Registry Association (ABRA)

  • Pinto Horse Association (PtHA)

  • Open Shows

I love the show pen, but trail riding is a crucial part of my program. Mental and physical cross-training- makes a more well-rounded horse; all my horses spend time in AND OUT of the arena.
— Lia Jessen


"Lia Jessen is absolutely fantastic with my son. Gives him age-appropriate basics and age-appropriate FUN! Builds his skills AND his confidence. I'm glad to have found a trainer like her for my kiddo." - K. Wargowsky

"Thank you for helping me achieve- a relaxed, happy, willing partner." - Erica L.

"Forever West has taught me so much [...] they will always be my little family." - Breanna M.

"I have three grandchildren that have been going to Forever West for riding lessons and all around for about 4 years.  The youngest being 5.  Lia's way of teaching and work ethic are to be admired and I am so grateful I found Forever West for mine and my grandchildren's lesson needs." - B. Montoya

"Lia loves horses and loves people. She cares about teaming up the right horse with the right rider [... she has] kindness and intuition, perseverance and humor; all with a lot of horse sense mixed in. She won't let you down." - 

"Lia is a natural. I have seen her compete. My favorite show was the freestyle event- she and the horse doing a beautiful routine without reins!" - M. Olson