LEAVE A REMEMBRANCE OF JANE BELOW.
I bought "That winning feeling" in 1994 when I had a young spooky horse and needed encouragement for competing. A few days ago a fellow rider told me about his nervousness and resulting failure at eventing, and I picked up the book again after so many years, and started to re-read... Many years have passed, but this book has not aged. It is still full of helpful advice and positive encouragement! I will give it to my friend, confident that it will help him just as it helped me back then. Out of curiosity ("what has become of the author?") I googled Jane Savoie and learned of her passing. Farewell to this wonderful person, my condolences to her husband and friends. It is a great loss.
I found Jane's book - Program Your Position at a consignment tack store in Arizona around 2012. I had a young horse and even though I had ridden most of my life I had basically no dressage knowledge but I was eager to learn. My finances were extremely limited after a divorce but her books and her CD helped me tremendously and gave me confidence. I felt like I had a dear friend who happened to be a very gifted instructor who sincerely wanted to guide me and help me progress and have a great relationship with my horse. Her newsletters sent to my email were like letters from a friend and her insight even helped me through my divorce. Sadly I had to put my horse down in 2015 and it was devastating. I'm just now taking lessons again on a leased horse, and I just found out last night about Jane's passing. I'm heartbroken but wanted to let her community know what a difference she made in my life and I will continue to study her books and videos because there is nobody better. Jane, I hope you're riding the most wonderful horses in Heaven - including my beautiful Leo 💕
I first met Jane about 40 years ago when I was a teenager attending the Vershire Riding School and she was an instructor not long out of college. She had her first horse, Happenstance, an OTTB, and was competing at first or second level. Even then, she had set lofty goals for herself. Whenever I think of Jane, I think of her 1,000 watt smile, her enthusiasm and her focus. I learned so much from her, and was able to attend some of her clinics later on after she "became famous." I was so saddened to learn of her death, even though it has been probably 25 years since I have seen her. She more than any other instructor impacted my riding and to this day I can hear her voice coaching me when I ride. But more than that, she was a wonderful person and a true force of nature.
I have been riding for almost 16 years now, and I have always struggled to get a horse on the bit correctly, I made it through most of my life without ever having to truly learn because I was blessed enough to ride horses who knew their job. I now have a 5 yr old ottb that I am training on my own, I have taken tons of lessons, watched a hundred videos, and read through countless articles. My Mum who also rides sent me one of Janes articles, I read it straight away and it actually made sense. I applied it to my ottb the next day, and for the first time in my life it finally clicked for me. My ottb responded so well, I couldn't even believe what was happening. It's a moment I have been striving for my entire riding career. I was looking for a book of hers when I came across this page. Without ever meeting Jane she has completely change my life, Being able to accomplish this goal that I have had my entire life was such an incredible feeling, and I reached it because of Jane and her incredible knowledge that she was kind enough to shared to all. Thank you Jane Savoie. You will forever be remembered and appreciated.
Jane made dressage feel attainable to a kid who caught rode anything I could get my hands on. Her explanations opened up a world of horsemanship that otherwise would not have existed for me as a young rider. Your legacy will continue in the horsemen and women you undergirded with your patient and illustrative teaching.
I’m so saddened to learn of Jane’s passing. I had the opportunity to work elbow-to-elbow with her about 20 years ago editing dressage videos. It was a world foreign to me but she welcomed my lack of knowledge with grace and opened her mind to the process of the world I knew. She clearly made an impact on my life since I’ve thought about her on occasion over the years and always thought/hoped we’d meet again. Sadly that never happened. My condolences to her family and close friends. RIP Jane, you will be missed by many and already are.
My condolences to all of Jane’s family and friends. I bought Jane’s books That Winning Feeling and A Winning Attitude based on a recommendation from a local dog trainer to help with ring and performance issues when competing with my dog in sports. Jane’s books go beyond the dressage community. They apply to all walks of life. She was a gifted and kind person who inspired so many people and will be dearly missed.
I learned of Jane’s passing the same day I received my copy of Second Chances. I was shocked and actually considered not reading the book, I was so emotional. I did read it, as something of a tribute to Jane, and I’m glad I did. For many days after, I thought frequently of Jane, fretted over Moshi missing her and was grateful that Rhett a d Indy had each other for comfort. I was initially perplexed by my disproportionate response - I’d met Jane once, twenty years ago and was a joyful recipient of her newsletters but it was a tangential relationship at best, why was I so distressed?? I took a page from Jane’s teachings and stopped judging the emotions, eventually recognizing that I was so effected because of the magic that was Jane: her passion, positivity and boundless compassion. These qualities imbued her writing and underscored her unique ability to encapsulate and “chunk” complicated concepts into manageable and achievable lessons. Jane had a gift for finding a word or phrase to embody key concepts, to help them come alive for her students and readers. When I met Jane at her talk all those years ago, she was speaking about overcoming fear as a rider. At the time, fear wasn’t a big issue for me. Years later, my new horse and I were working through mutual issues, including the unfortunate ability to press each other’s buttons. Jane’s lesson from that talk all those years ago helped me and my horse move past the fear together. Jane was one of the first coaches I met who didn’t embarrass riders for being fearful, didn’t try to force them to tough it out or pander to the problem. Her example of humane and respectful coaching has stayed with me and is a model I have tried to live up to in all the years since. I know I am one of many with similar stories about Jane. I will miss the books that won’t be written and the newsletters that won’t brighten my inbox. I hope she is at peace, and send heartfelt condolences to her friends, family and fur babies.
As I was reading my Bible Devotions this morning, my thoughts trailed to Jane, as her book, That Winning Feeling was laying next to my devotional books. I am in the process rereading a chapter a day, of her great book, ....I said a prayer for her kind soul and that she is at peace, with her Maker, and her beloved animals, that have passed on earlier. Jane has been a guiding light in my horsemanship journey for years, knowing that her advice would be good for the horse and good for me as a rider/trainer. My life is better, for having Jane's books and mentorship in my life. Prayers for her sweet husband Rhett...
Jane was a kind soul and a great communicator. Thank you Jane for all your wisdom and insight. You will not be forgotten. You were a gift to so many..now God has one of His favorite children as an angel.
I always enjoyed the news letters from Moshi and Indy. Such a great loss for Jane's family, friends, and the horse community.
My condolences to Jane’s family and friends for their unimaginable loss. I will miss her presence and Moshi’s and Indy’’s inspiring newsletters. Her signature expressions and concepts so clear and concise as in « ...the secret of the outside rein, the twinkling of fingers or celebrating one’s mistakes »... a great teacher. She will be remembered and missed.
I am so sorry for Rhett, the family, Moshi, Indy, and all of Jane's friends for the loss of Jane. How sad for Jane to have passed so young! What a gifted person, and so inspiring! I loved Motivation from Moshi! I will miss that. And as I listen to her audio lessons, I love her voice and her style of teaching, so clear and calming. So many will miss her, I'm sure. She has left a legacy of great teaching and love for people and animals. I am grateful to have known her. May she continue to inspire in our memories and her written and video work. God Bless!
I was very saddened to hear of Jane’s passing today. I never had the pleasure of meeting her. I enjoyed her very detailed simplistic teaching techniques. I saved all her letters from Indy and Moshe. The life lessons and inspiration they provided had the most impact on me. She influenced my riding and touched my heart. I will miss her.
I followed Jane for years already and enjoyed especially the emails from the last couple of years about Moshi and Indy. Although I never met her, her passing came as a shock. I found her one of the few good riders/coaches with heart for her horses. Rest In Peace Jane. My condolences to her husband and family.
I never had the chance to meet her and I am so sorry about that. I have almost all her books and videos which have been such an enormous source of information and help. I hope she realized the impact she had on riders around "The Entire Globe". That is quite a legacy to leave. Her family must be very proud of such a remarkable person. Thank you Jane for all you did for all of us!! Rest in peace!
Goodbye dear friend. You made such a huge difference. First with your books, and then as my friend. Thank you for including me and for trusting my work. I will always remember how your belief in me was an amazing turning point in my life. I miss our chats. I miss Moshi and Indy. I miss your big smile. Thank you for taking me to Brendon's seminar. Thank you for the Dressage Mentor Reunion. Thank you for supporting me and John. I miss you. The world is a lessor place with you gone.
I am so grateful to have had Jane in my life as a virtual teacher. I did get to watch her in person in the stands at Equine Affaire as she taught others. She had a most excellent peaceful, encouraging, "breaking down of concepts" way of directing her students. I am thankful I have been one of her students although she really didn't know me, I feel her imprint upon my riding and my heart. She will ride on with everyone she touched. The quote by Pam Brown says it all - “Horses lend us the wings we lack.” I Thank God for Jane who helped me and so many fly. love, Sheila Cannon
Those we Love, can never be more than a thought away. For as long as there is a memory, they live in our hearts to stay. Jane will be remembered forever through her vast amount of material -- training, ebooks, audio and video files. Thank you for allowing us to download her work to keep in our libraries. Jane's memory will live in our hearts to stay.
Jane. She inspired the trainer who inspired me, who in turn inspired yet more riders to persevere. We will all carry Jane in our hearts and into the competition arena; even if it’s just our own backyard arena. I feel like dressage riders around the world have lost a best friend. I write this with a tear or two because it’s always hard to lose a best friend, sometimes one you’ve never even met in person. My heart hurts for Jane’s family, friends and Moshi and Indy.
Jane savoie will be sadly missed she has inspired me to be the best I can be with all her inspirational words you will always be my Mentor Jane Savoie ???
I met Jane in Feb. 2005 at the Kansas Equine Symposium. I shared with her that I was having difficulty bonding with my new horses following the retirement and eventual death of my event horse. I was always comparing the two. I was letting my memories of Blackie over shadow bonding with Dru. She wrote the sweetest note in her book "It's not just about the Ribbons". Jane was so down to earth, never making the beginner Dressage student feel "less than". She was a wonderful teacher and will be missed. After too many ears of very little riding I look forward to using her videos to train my new horse.
Thanks to Jane, my riding life took the right turn when I was experiencing difficulties with my new horse. I watched her videos, read her books : I was infused with her positive mindset and equipped with her clear technical explanation. I am very thankful that Jane Savoy wished to share her precious materials with us, her unknown pupils. She was such an inspiring lady.
Loved her clinic, books, newsletters and motivation from moshi and indy. She was my hero and will be greatly missed by the horse world
Love her book The Winning Feeling I have read it 3 times. Love her story getting into horses. I am a better horsewoman because of Ms. Savoie. You are missed.
Jane, You spoke a language I could understand. Even though we never met you managed to convey you cared. You encouraged and taught in such a way I could understand and make progress. Each time I ride I am still learning from you, hearing your voice. You made a difference. thank you.
I first heard about Jane 1year ago. Just recently i bought the complete bonus 3 package and all because i watched 3 Videos of her!!! When i saw her, when i heard her, when i felt her passion...i knew and I realised that she will be my teacher and that i wanted to learn everything from her. I wanted to become a janesavoie-teacher and already planned to fly abroad. I was ready to give up my life in switzerland just to be with her and learn what she has to teach. More and more i realized that she was sick - i prayed for her. A legend she was. She has won my heart! All the Love to her soul Sandra
so sorry to hear you have passed learned so much from you things apart from explaining how to do something you also gave the reason for doing it and how it affected the horse always sad to lose skilled knowledgeable people I this world especially people who are as passionate about what they do as you
Dear Jane It took to long in my life to find a mentor. .one who's methods l could trust Were for the highest intrests ...for the Horse And the Rider.. With a program Structured for a real foundation of solid Equestion education ... And ABOVE ALL Could actually be ACCESSIBLE to anyone and everyone. I found that Mentor in you Jane..at last l could really learn at last everything Made perfect sense..at last everything was clear...my mistakes were clear the path foreward was clear....My big powerful Horse began to happily lay that power into my hands...Jane l'm not ready to lose you...there's so much more I want to do with you... JANE... Thankfully you have not left me completely alone... Every day l can hear you voice ....every day l can be with you in a lesson . I WILL NEVER STOP listening to your voice...Thank you for what you did to make this possible. .......L WILL FOREVER AND ALWAYS LOVE YOU JANE .
Farewell to a lovely and gifted teacher, one of the very best at explaining dressage step-by-step, in language we could understand. Her books and courses will continue to be resources for riders. I will miss reading inspirational messages from Moshi and Indy. Jane wasn’t just teaching about horses, she taught us about life. I am so sorry that she is gone.
Dear Jane, I am sure that you must be in horse Heaven now. This is the only thought that comforts us from not having you around anymore. Your books and programs have been a great inspiration and help and I feel that I owe my love for Dressage to you. Rest in peace.
Dear Rhett , Friends, Family, 4 legged Joys I send my sincere condolences to all. I was truly touched by Jane as many were.. Her insightful writings and her Inspiring rides. Her famous smile, her step by step way of instruction, was by all rights honorable. So glad I bought her Happy Horse Program. She will continue to be with me. I also have many of her books which she signed very personally. Love Paula
Jane you gave me a purpose in riding, I learned so much with you I am so so sad that you are gone living your dream elsewhere. To your family I offer my condolences . You will never be forgotten in the hearts of all of us.
Jane Savoie was a rider who truly understood the needs first of horses and then of we, their amateur riders. Each of her books is a testimonial to her insightful understanding of our symbiotic relationship between the species, horses and humans. I am currently reading her final book, the best, Dressage between the Jumps. Jane, I know your clinics and warm smiles linger with many!
Gone from this arena, to the next. Jane, you will never be forgotten as you continue to coach and guide those who share your passion . My deepest sympathy to all who loved you, most especially your husband and the fur babies. Thank you for sharing so much.
My deepest outpouring of love and support to Jane's family and friends! What an incredible loss! When I lost my horses due to old age, along with all my other animals within 2 years, I found solace in watching Motivation from Moshi and Indi over and over just to know someone cared enough to write such wonderful words to help so many people she didn't even know!! Thank you, Jane! And bless you! You will never be forgotten.
The World has Lost a Wonderful Person, Thank God Your soul Lives On! My deepest sympathies to her husband and Rhett, Moshi, Indi and all close to her. She was a great inspiration and delightful teacher who shared great knowledge more than most. Jane will be sorely missed and her legacy will live on! Lyn
I am so very sad to hear of Jane's passing. My heartfelt sympathies to Janes husband Rhett, family and friends and all her animal friends and partners too. I first saw Jane at the Mane Event in Chilliwack, B.C. Canada. I so enjoyed the way she taught and supported the riders. How she approached schooling of horse and rider appealed strongly to me. Later I spoke with Jane and had a great conversation...I could not decide on audio tapes for the car or video's. Jane replied " Of course you need both" which i agreed and purchased. Many hours i have watched her videos and read her books. She will always be my mentor, both her life messages and horsemanship have inspired me. Be at peace, Jane. I will not forget you! Ann
I was shocked and saddened to hear about Jane. I have so many of her materials and once emailed her to thank her for her motivational emails. To my amazement I had an almost immediate reply. She taught me a lot and I refer to her books and videos quite often. My deepest sympathies to all her loved ones at this sad time
I own almost all of the training tools and books from Jane. Her passion and desire to improve riders of all ages and talents will ever be remembered. Her energy and will to try and get better is so inspiring. Aiming at being the best version of ourselves as a person and a rider is the best homage we can offer her. My most sincere sympathies to her loved ones, family and friends.
I had the wonderful experience of meeting Jane at a Dressage Mentor clinic in Fla in 2012. My friend Erica and I thought it a great way to get some sunshine and spend time with other horsey people, I had been receiving Jane's Motivation from Moshe emails, and loved her books and DVDs. She was as lovely and kind in person as she was in her videos and emails. I learned so much, and through the Choose Your Own Riding Adventure lessons will go on riding with Jane as that "voice in my ear", always positive and encouraging. Jane, you will be missed.
My first dressage instructor was also Jane’s first instructor, so I always felt a closeness because of that. I had the honor of meeting her at the 2005 USDF convention in Dallas. She was so gracious and sweet. She gripped my hands and told me to give Inger her very best! Her family will be in my prayers.
To the Savoie family and all who loved her - my deepest condolences. Jane will be missed.
Dear family of Jane, You must miss Jane very much. What an amazing lady and inspiration she was! She had a way of inspiring us horse people and bring out the best in everyone she taught. What a gift Jane had to explain even the hardest concepts of horseback riding. I so enjoyed the monthly post about Moshi and the dog. Her words were so uplifting that I forwarded some of her posts to my non- horse friends. I imagine that Jane must have endured the battle with her cancer in a positive manner. Jane will not be forgotten. My best wishes to you. Ulrike Minelga
For the last 20 years, Jane has been an inspiration. Her explanations simplify the important concepts in dressage. Her excellent books and videos provide a guiding light for those who aspire to be effective riders and trainers. She was an inspiration!
I was a friend of Jane's when we were little girls in Natick, Massachusetts. She was then as she was later: smart, beautiful, joyful. I used to love to play with her. We rode horses a couple of times then. I so wish I had a picture of us. I lost track of Jane for decades and reconnected with her on Facebook seven years ago. I had no idea that little Janie Elkind had become Jane Savoie, noted equestrian! Jane was beyond brave in fighting her illness. An inspiration to all of us. I am so glad she had Rhett, her beloved horses, her dancing family and so many friends who mourn her loss.
My deepest condolences to family and friends on the passing of Jane. When i started my journey into dressage Jane Savoie was the voice in my head and also often in the car while driving or the last thing i heard before going to sleep thru her countless audio tips-n-tricks and podcasts. Such an inspiration on so many levels for me. I loved her newsletters "Motivation from Moshi" and the way she broke down riding problems with an easy to understand solution helped me to enjoy and thrive in dressage and horse training. I didn't know her personally but have shed many tears. Very sad indeed and way too soon that she had to leave, but long will she be remembered by what she leaves behind, inspired and encouraged amateur riders like myself. Farewell Jane.??????
I am so sad to hear that Jane passed away. I enjoyed her videos and was a dressage mentor member for awhile. She seemed like she really wanted to help all of us, not just the wealthy or those with expensive horses.. She clearly enjoyed life and understood that a giving person receives so much more than they give. That is the sign if a great teacher. Rest In Peace.
I consider Jane to be one of the top 3 most influential people in my life. I was fortunate enough to start my dressage journey with her many years ago at the tender age of 12. She showed me the rigors and beauty of dressage and I've been hooked since then - working to achieve the balance and harmony she so eloquently describes. Thank you Jane and rest in peace.
Your legacy to the equestrian world is immense. Your enthusiasm and determination is inspiring. We miss you and thank you. We send our love to your family and friends.