Jane is a U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF) bronze, silver and gold medalist. She has trained ten horses to Grand Prix and works with many of the top clinicians in the world. She is currently developing two talented young mares towards the GP. In addition, Jane has trained several up and coming professionals to the GP, and brought numerous Adult Amateurs and Young Riders up through the levels. A major highlight is when Jane and Sunshine Tour were the national reserve champions for 6 Year Olds in 2013 at Lamplight Festival of Champions, and went on to be the Developing GP national champions three years later.
Jane opened Bear Spot Farm in Concord, MA in 1994. Home to 26 horses, the farm provides state-of-the-art care and structured dressage training programs for horse and rider. Jane Karol is a doctoral level psychotherapist, and works with children and adults in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.
Hope had a great first year in the Open Grand Prix division this year. Her most memorable win was with Hot Chocolate W in the CDI*** at Global! Since Hope was two years old her love for horses has been the main focus in her life. She began riding more seriously when she was 12 years old starting in the FEI children’s division. Hope’s first big win was the Children of Americas Dressage Invitational (CADI) when she was 13 on a pony named Sparrow! Hope then went on to have the number one seat on the Junior team for Region 8 with Don Diamond in 2013. They placed 7th at the Festival of Champions, Juniors, that year. In 2014 she competed for the Region 8 YR team and won the individual bronze medal, as well as helped the Region 8 Young Riders win team bronze. Hope and Diamond also achieved the NEDA year-end award as Champion in YR Freestyle in 2014. In 2016, Hope was the Region 8 PSG and I1 champion with Hot Chocolate W. in the Jr/YR division. She again won the Region 8 Championship for I1 on Hot Chocolate in 2017. Hope also rode for the US Dressage Team in the Maccabi Games in Israel the summer of 2017 on a borrowed horse helping the U.S. team win silver that year. She has successfully trained two horses to Grand Prix; Don Diamond and Hot Chocolate. Hope and Don Diamond have been partners for six years. Hope has trained Diamond from Juniors to U25 Grand Prix, and Chocolate (owned by Mary Mansfield), from 3rd Level to Grand Prix. Both horses qualified in the top 12 in the country for the US national Brentina Cup championship in Lamplight for 2019. Hope brought Hot chocolate to compete at lamplight and placed third in the country overall and second in the freestyle! Hope currently works extensively with Christoph Koschel. Currently Hope is competing the magnificent stallion Flynn PCH in the Open GP and developing two young horses - Tripple and Destar.
Hope Cooper: Trainer
Sunshine is Jane's current Grand Prix mare.
Nibbit came to Bear Spot in 2003 as a young horse and made his first GP start in 2007. He and Jane had top finishes from FL to VT until 2012 when Hope and Nibbit started together in the junior tests.
Farrelly went from M level to grand prix between 2012 and 2015. His work is characterized by an effortless elasticity and sensitivity to the world around him.
Norman and Jane went from second level to GP together in just a few short years.
Captain came to Bear Spot from Canada as an event horse but became Jane's first GP horse.
Jigger came to Bear Spot for Mary Mansfield as a young horse and with Jane's help went all the way to GP.
Jane and Hope are assisted in their daily work by the dogs!