LEAVE A REMEMBRANCE OF JANE BELOW.
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.
So sorry to hear of Jane's passing. What an amazing woman who clearly loved and took advantage of all opportunities that passed her way. Condolences to all; no doubt her wisdom, which she so generously shared, will live on through all who worked with her and learnt from her. I'm so glad I have nearly all of her writing. RIP, Jane, what an amazing contribution you have made to so many.
jane was not only an accomplished dressage rider, instructor, clinician, and author, but a truly lovely person. She was so upbeat and positive all through her illness. she always wore a smile, and had a kind word to say. She will be greatly missed.
I don't know how many of "That winning feeling" copies I gave a gifts over the years....Jane was so skilled that when I gave a copy to my elite gymnast niece to help with her stage fright...she asked her mother..."does she know I don't have a horse." It was perfect Jane and perfect advice for any athlete. Her legacy of books and tapes will carry a new generation who never knew her. She will be missed.
I can’t explain how many good smiles “Motivation from Moshi” and “Inspiration from Indy” brought to my heart…. And I neglected to ever reach out and tell Jane how much those moments meant to me. I am so sorry. Please know that Jane’s words, thoughts, message, and teachings, meant a lot to me through the years. I am sorry I didn’t tell her personally.
I will remember Jane as a beautiful and joyful dancer, a terrific and fun friend, and a wise and wonderful teacher to many. I only met Jane about 8 years ago when she found her love of ballroom dancing, but I will always be grateful that she came to the same studio where I was a student and that she befriended me. Her positive and uplifting attitude was evident even when she was dealing with the effects of multiple myeloma for so many years. I am saddened by the loss for all who knew her, and especially her husband Rhett who she loved so much and all those she considered to be and treated as her extended family. Rest in Peace, Tiara Queen. I'm sure you're dancing your heart out now. ❤
I’m so sad.. Ride free and happy Jane. With best wishes to your family. You reached, helped and inspired so many. Trish. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Hi Jane, I just gave my extra copy of the Happy Horse Course to my friend who loves Dressage. She is so happy! I wanted to express what a wonderful legacy you have left for all of us to learn by. I love watching the beautiful videos of you riding Moshi, (I love Friesians!), and will be learning from you, and Moshi for many years to come.
Hi Jane, I have been a fan of yours for a long, long time! I can still remember my excitement of receiving the 2 cassettes of 'winning feeling' and listening on my walkman as I mucked out, I just loved the message and it has really shaped my life. I've bought many of your books, videos and programmes since then, but I think my fave is still the mental edge CDs, they are nearly worn out and skip a bit now but I love them, especially 'live in Cinncinati' - you sound like you're having so much fun. Living in the wilds of England I've never met you, but I want you to know that you've made a huge difference to my perspective of life, not just horses x
Jane you are an inspiration and I have several of your books on my bedside table. Love from Downunder 🌻
I have almost everything on your bundle groups. THEY ARE SO FANTASTIC!!!!!! I use them all the time. Unfortunately, my Morab Rev is no longer with us and I have a wonderful Morgan Gus. the reason I love all your DVDs and books, is that Rev was all "go" and Gus is all "whoa". Therefore I have to reread everything for different reasons. You are absolutely the best - you make the steps so easy to understand. I am in the process of remodeling my home and had to reduce all my horse books and DVDs - but I kept every single one of your books, DVDs and programs. Thank you so very much . I am sure everyone has told you - but you are being sent so much love and so many best wishes from all the equestrians in the US and undoubtedly the world. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. All the best !!!!!!!
Inspired by your way of teaching dressage and general horsemanship, I appreciate your generosity in sharing. As a care giver to a multiple myeloma spouse, I see the journey that life can bring, and that a positive mind set helps us all. Thank you Jane!
Jane you have been an inspiration to me. I have watched your videos many times and always see something new! I take your book you write about it’s not just about the ribbons to shows and read a bit to get in the right frame of mind. Thank you your kindness and positivity has reach to the other side of the world
Hi Jane, I've watched many of your videos on riding various levels of tests over the years, as well as having learned from your YouTube videos and one of the packages I bought a couple of years ago. You've been a wonderful and inspirational source of knowledge to all of us in the Dressage world. Many blessings and best wishes for health and happiness! Hugs, April
Hi Jane! I attended your weekend workshop clinic in north Georgia at the Elan vineyard several years ago. It was the single most impressive instruction I ever received in any subject! I am a National Board Certified Art teacher, with a Masters (almost a doctorate, minus 20 hours!), and I taught for 20 years, both Art and Hunt Seat Equitation. I never look at the notes I take in any class - except YOURS! I LOVE my notes from that weekend! So many ways to apply that knowledge! You are a superstar in whatever you do, and I am so grateful I got to attend that workshop! I wish and hope for all the best for you and your husband. And of course, your horse and dog, too! Merry Christmas, and a better New Year! Love, Toni Webb
Dear Jane, You are a great treasure to the horse community and an amazing source of knowledge and inspiration. I do hope you know how appreciative we all are to you for generously sharing your talents. Your gifts extend beyond the horse world and I’ve long admired your attitude and courage in the saddle and in all of your adventures. Wishing you the very best always! Thank you
sending lots of love and best wishes to you
JJane Just a short note from across the pond to say that although you have no idea who I am - I am thinking of you and sending you positive thoughts and love and best wishes from me and my two golden retrievers (they would love to give you a big hug! ) and my young 5yr old Connemara gelding - Seamus. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard the Val Doonican song ‘ Delaney’s Donkey’? If you haven’t - YouTube it - firstly it’ll make you smile 😊 and secondly I will say that this Connie lad who is my ❤️horse is now losing his nickname - as he is willingly going forward due to your fantastic online help. In my other life I am a Dr - so I appreciate what you may be going through. You are bloody awesome - I hope that you realise what a difference you make to us ordinary folk who are trying to improve and do the best for our equine partners. Much love Trish xxxxxxxxx
Jane, You ‘ve been and continue to be an Inspiration as an equestrian and a human being. Thank you!
Thank you so much for taking the time to make all these videos, and books. I watch many top riders, and trainers, and have many moments saying , yay, I understand this now because of your training programs! I sure miss your Dressage Mentor, but have more than enough to watch and learn from with you. I hope you get better. I think of you often, and you are in my prayers. Sincerely, Kathi, and my Friesian Cross horse, Halo
Thanks for all the good things that I have learned from your videos and your books. I refer to them often. Best wishes in this journey.
Happy Horse made me a happy rider! I have most of your training DVDs. They have helped to set me on the right path and unclouded the many “mysteries “of riding. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! I’m ending you thoughts for health and happiness. Mike
Dear Jane, It has been many years now that I have been enjoying your lessons, horses, dog and trips back and forth with the seasons. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, I have learned a great deal. Your stoicism is 'normal' for an equestrian but no less admirable. I keep you in my heart. 💕
Jane I have so appreciated over the years your videos your inspirational newsletters. You are the best. jan
Hi Jane, I can’t begin to tell you how much your instruction and training has meant to me and my horse! I was also fortunate to be able to attend one of your Dressage Mentor clinics in Wellington! I was in a boarding situation with very little dressage instruction and you filled in the gaps! Now I have a very good instructor that seems to follow some of your training guidelines. You are a very gifted instructor that makes sense of dressage for the amateur. I was so sorry to hear you were ill and will keep you in my prayers.
Jane, I would just like to tell how much your videos, DVD's and email tips have helped me in my riding pursuits as well as many of my students. Your good advice as well as your terrific imagery have been a constant companion during a not always so easy riding career. I salute you, for your great heart and generous nature. I wish you a strong and hopeful journey in health and may you overcome all obstacles. You are my hero
For years I have enjoyed your books and videos as well as advise from Moshi and Indy. ❤️ Your work has been inspirational as well as educational. Thank you so much❣️Sending healing vibes and love your way from Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
IDear Jane, You have been an important part of my riding life for the past 20 years - I've read your books and watched your videos on Youtube. I will never forget the wonderful experience of seeing and hearing you in person when you were the keynote presenter at the USDF Amateur Dressage clinic - that was quite a while ago. I also was thrilled to take a lesson with you in Des Moines, in a clinic sponsored by the Iowa Dressage and Combined Training Association. I was, I think the only one who only got to ride with you once. I was riding my then five year old Shagya gelding who had only been under saddle a year. . . I got him as an unstarted 4 year old. When I heard you were Ill my heart sank to my toes but I have been keeping you in my prayers ever since. I think of you all the time and continue to send prayers and positive thoughts toward you. Thank you so much for that incredible lesson.
Hello Jane, I only know a little of what you are going through from your blog and reading your book, It’s Not Just About The Ribbons”. I want you to know Motivation From Moshi seems to pop into my inbox at the perfect times. It has helped me through some down days. Also your riding videos, even the ones where you are not riding but just explaining rein contact or a feeling in the seat are the best I’ve seen. One day I watched “Riding with fruit” right before a lesson, after I had been riding for a few minutes, my trainer said, WOW! What have you been doing?? I just smiled and told her about your videos. You have got to get back and help us with our riding! You have given so much to so many and now it’s coming back to you in good thoughts, wishes and prayers coming your way.
Thank you for sharing so much with us. I am grateful not only for the help with my horse, but for your insight into life and your attitude and approach. Be well!
I love your spirit and optimism. No matter what you've posted, I've had to smile. I watched the dance video the other day and sat there smiling my ass off. You've always added light to my life and apparently to others as well. I'm wishing you peace Jane. I will always hold into your spirit. I'm glad for the times we've had recently in Boston, w/Auntie Rose. I still have the pic from Vermont when we got to sit for a bit. Great memories. I love to say your name to horse people: I gain status all the time, which, of course, I take as if I had anything to do w/it. Love to you, love to Rhett Cuz. xo
I'll never forget seeing you at Equine Affaire in Columbus a few years ago, suggesting air clapping to the spectators! You explain such a complex discipline so clearly. More importantly, you have such a bubbly, cheerful way of doing so. I hope the support and encouragement you get bolsters and sustains you well. All the best to you and yours.
Hi Jane-I compete with my dog in canine sports competitions. I have a copy of your book “That Winning Feeling” that I have started to read. I love your logical approach and your sense of humor. Sending good thoughts to you and your family! Kim
Sending you love,warmth and gentle hugs.
I have really enjoyed getting to know Moshi and Indy. Hope you are feeling better.
Dear Jane - I took up riding seriously at 48 and though I never became the dressage diva I imagined would take about a year of lessons to achieve, I loaned and shared horses, managed to ride most days even while living in London, and took so much inspiration from your books and videos. You were the only horse person I ever "met" who was truly clear. I still drive my daughter (now 23) insane by sending her Motivation from Moshi, which applies as much to her life as to riders and riding. Cancer is a bastard, as I know from experience. Being "a fighter" isn't the answer, but an ability to laugh and love is more important than anything. We're all fighting FOR you and sending love. Be well. xxxMeg
Hi Jane. I miss reading your encouraging messages, but I hope you continue to be inspired yourself and keep fighting so that you’re back in the saddle and tossing tennis balls very soon. Thank you for sharing your insight and knowledge through the years.
I am delighted to have purchased a full set of teaching DVDs and books for my students! Two of my students event and I've already given 'Dressage between the Jumps' as an early Christmas present and he LOVED it! I'll be ordering a second copy for another student and I know she'll be equally excited. As ever, Jane continues to inspire us all with courage, strength and encouragement. And now we give that back to you, in spades, along with light, love and prayers for RADIANT HEALTH. Love you, Jane!!! Pam
Dear Jane, my most sincere prayers and positive thoughts go out for you as you face challenges today. You are such a positive and encouraging person and I suspect you always will be. Thank you. I am 73 1/2 years old and I am thankful every day that I get to interact with and ride my wonderful equine friends and partners and share them with a loving husband who shares and loves them like I do. You have been a part of my equestrian education via books and videos; however the most memorable experience was when I got to ride under you at the Columbus Ohio Equine Affaire in 2013. I am an Eventer, still competing, and use Dressage daily not only for the Dressage phase but also in the Jumping phases. Recently I was excited to receive your book Dressage Between the Jumps. I am reading it now and putting the exercises to practice. Thank you for your explanations that make sense, your love of horses and your passion for teaching. With love and admiration, Susie Duncan
Dear Captain JANEWAY l trust you to know exactly what you need to do or be thinking. I want you to be well..NAMU MYOHO RENGE KYO. Here is a little horse story for you . Got my first horse for my 16 th Birthday.. rode by the seat of my pants..no knowledge no lessons just the Endless love l had for Horses since l was 3 Years old. I lived in a small California town surrounded by farms and Vineyards, ....we rode in the streets we road to the next town ..we trespassed The Vineyards.. when my mama took me on the hunt for my Birthday Horse that l had been begging for my whole LIFE.. it was a fine spring day .when l saw her she was an acre away when i said .MAMA THAT'S THE ONE... she was a 17 hand American Saddle Bred I named her Sham after the star of my first horse book '"King Of The Wind " I have had a horse ever since. Along the way l realized l had always been lucky with horses but that l wanted more...how to get really close to the horse really understand how to speak to them ...when l looked at Dressage what l saw was dancing.. .l saw a way to dance with Horses...there was so much knowledge available there was so much to be said you had to pick your road to Rome..alot seemed in pieces. .always something swas missing.....untill after awhile from having met you.l realized wha was missing after l experienced the effect of structure through out every detail of an educational platform that builds a solid foundation and then a Palace. Thank You JANEWAY for giving that to me and that bright Star in my Life... WE LOVE YOU..... P.S. PLEASE forgive any typos It's late and l can barely see what l wrote ...LOL
Dearest Jane, I pray and send healing energy every day. You have been a great inspiration in my life, a teacher and friend whom I greatly respect and am so proud of❤️ Many times I have thought of finishing out my certified instructor with you but have come to realize I already represent so much of what you teach, I am already passing on knowledge you have passed on to me . For that I thank you, I am truly blessed. Prayers and love, Rosemary
Dear Jane. I think of you often as hardly a day goes by when I don’t rely on your training principles, I have been using them since you first brought out ‘That Winning Feeling’ in the 1980’s. Hope you will be feeling better in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Every Good Wish - Elizabeth Daly.
It takes a truly special person to be able to distil complex information into a simple, easy-to-understand format. While I have personally never had the pleasure of your training, I have been watching with admiration from the sidelines. You are a woman of many talents Jane! Your Motivation from Moshi e-zines have regularly filled my inbox and I can confidently say they have been one of the few e-zines I never fail to read and save. The world needs more people like you, who have such a positive 'can do' spirit. You have touched many more lives than you realise. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me through some very difficult times of my own. I only wish there was more I could do for you in return ... sending all of my positive vibes and good wishes your way Jane xxx
Dear Jane, Thank you, thank you for all of your heartfelt instruction and good advice. To know that you have helped others to be better riders, better people, and kinder partners with their horses, is to have truly lived well. Not many people get to make such a kind mark on the world as you have done. May God bless you and carry you softly on your journey, and may you feel this heartfelt gratitude of all the humans and horses you have helped. May we all meet again, )on horseback,) someday in Heaven. Thank you.
Dear Jane, it is sad to find out that you are having some serious health issues. I will be praying for strength, hope, and recovery. You have been an inspiration to me for many years. Your teaching style is so uplifting, and you are one of the few instructors I can understand. You always find new ways to explain difficult concepts. I hope that you will recover, and that you continue to enjoy riding your precious Moshi. Best wishes from the wintery Alaska, Ulli Minelga
Jane , I wanted to thank you so much for all that you have given me. You have been instrumental in my understanding of training my horse and given me so many tips to put in my riding tool box. Most importantly skills to form a good relationship with my horse with clear understandings and a positive attitude (no matter what!). I feel although we have never met that we have things in common. Could it be that we are "horse people" ? I love my horses , dog and ballroom dancing ! Perhaps all those things somehow go together ? Take care of yourself and know that you are loved by many !!!! I will forever be grateful to you, Louise Pedrizetti