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A Familiar Face Joins The Trainer Ranks



2004 marks a significant year for Davis Stables’ Jenna Domanico. Not only did she turn 21 in January, she also traded in her amateur card for a professional one … and is proudly introduced as Rick Davis’s assistant trainer.

For those of us who have watched her blossom into an accomplished rider over the years, it comes at no surprise that she chose horse training as her career. For Jenna, who has been focusing on college classes, riding has always been her passion. In the past year, she realized it was more than that. Becoming a trainer was the career direction she wanted to take.  

Twelve years ago, Jenna was introduced to riding when she joined 4H. Discovering horses soon lead to her testing the waters in jumping and dressage. Within two years, she took another step and signed up for lessons with Rick Davis.

Searching for her niche, she never turned down an opportunity to show in any category. At any given time, you could find Jenna showing saddle seat, hunt seat, and western. Over a period of time, owners would frequently ask her to exercise their horses when they were out of town and unable to come to the barn. Her steady hands and straight forward personality earned a level of confidence among owners. At shows, she would find herself catching rides on horses … sometimes just a few hours before a class.

It became obvious, Jenna enjoyed challenges and over the years she has diligently worked with her horses and successfully showed them. The most recent being with the noted Claridge Nobl Discovery, while other horses she has owned and shown include: JL’s Leading Act One, Reland’s Delilah, and Perfect Delivery P.V.

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