Jamie Dodson, Executive Director
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, Minor in Coaching
Training with Trust, Cumberland Virginia
Trainer’s Apprenticeship and Trainer’s Certification
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA
U.S. Park Police Basic Training, U.S. Capitol Police Basic Training
In 2004, Jamie made the decision to pursue a lifelong interest in horses after being medically retired from Federal Law Enforcement. Through an understanding of the value of education, Jamie spent a year analyzing education choices. Thankfully, she chose Kenny Harlow’s “Training With Trust” Certification. As a direct result, she spent 2 years studying with Kenny, resulting in additional instruction from industry legends John Lyons, Colleen Kelly, Jose Mendez, and Josh Lyons.
After training horses full time at a reining farm and a hunter-jumper farm during her studies, Jamie began Legacy Horse Training in 2005 at Unaliyi Farm in Orange, VA, where Legacy Horse Training, LLC was created. Over time, the growth of the business and the desire to create LMP resulted in the inception of a lease-to-purchase agreement on a farm in Louisa, Virginia, which she presently calls home with her husband, Craig, two children Grace, and Katelyn and her parents Carol and George Dykes.
Since 2005, Jamie has produced many successful horses, specializing in starting and problem solving from Jamie’s unique perspective. Jamie’s students are also finding success in the horse world in their own pursuits. She has honed her style from years of coaching and teaching in sports and fitness, combined with an education from the best of the best. In 2012, the American Competitive Trail Horse Association asked Jamie to serve as a judge in competitive trail competitions, in which she is responsible for evaluating horses and riders in competition and later coaching horse and rider pairs on successful negotiation of included obstacles and points of evaluation.
Jamie has had the opportunity to give many clinics and demos in the Virginia area. Jamie focuses on common sense ground work that establishes cues that may be immediately translated in the saddle. She has given presentations on most of the common topics, but truly separates herself when using a combination of natural techniques and an extensive background in kinesiology, anatomy, biomechanics, and motor learning to understand and evaluate the needs of a horse and rider.
Thanks to several turns of events, Jamie discovered the wild mustang and found a calling. Jamie became an approved foster trainer for the BLM and is a member of the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Trainer Incentive Program in Virginia. Jamie has participated in the Extreme Mustang Makeover twice, resulting in the successful adoption of three horses with one eighth place finish. Since 2009, Legacy has trained and cared for 100 Mustangs.
“Jamie is a wonderful horsemanship trainer…Months of learning from Jamie has changed not only the way I work with horses, but the way I see horses, and how I see and go about life…I feel an understanding with horses and have only learned that through months of working with Jamie. With the wonderful training Jamie has offered to me, I will now be able to help horses as well as people, so they can have a better relationship and partnership between one another through trust, respect, and understanding.”
Alicia Postreich, Chiefla Stables
Craig Dodson, Director of Operations
George Mason University
Graduate Certificate of Teacher Licensure, Special Education K-12
Bachelor of Arts, History
Craig spent all of his high school and college years working with horses, employed by Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, VA, as everything from farm laborer to Maintenance and Farm Manager. In this job, he experienced large scale equine management and was specially trained in equine arena footing. Upon graduating from college, Craig left the horse world for the U.S. Army, where he served as an officer for five years. Upon completing his service, Craig chose a career helping those in need, working with troubled and special needs children in various counseling and administrative capacities for thirteen years. During this time, Craig attended George Mason University, obtaining graduate level requirements for teacher licensure in Special Education. Craig currently works as an Educator and Case Manager at the Little Keswick School, a prominent special education boarding school in Keswick, VA.
Upon meeting his wife Jamie, Craig was quickly re-immersed into the horse world. He has studied alongside Jamie throughout her certification process and follow-on education. He has studied Kenny Harlow, Colleen Kelly, Jose Mendez, John Lyons, and Josh Lyons. Working with Jamie, Craig has successfully started and trained horses, to include work with some of the mustangs that have been adopted. Craig is also a member of the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Trainer Incentive Program.
Craig and Jamie combine their talents to develop educational programs that are well-organized and meaningful to students of all ages. With a license that encompasses Kindergarten through twelfth grade, Craig has been educated in designing curriculum, educational programming, and supplemental materials to meet the diverse learning needs of learners of all ages.