CLASSICAL TRAINING in Santa Cruz. Author of 101 Dressage Exercises for Horse and Rider, Jec A. Ballou is a long-time student of classical equitation and horsemanship. She was raised by parents who shared expertise in FEI competitions as varied as carriage driving, endurance riding, and dressage. Ballou has trained extensively in Portugal and also in Holland, Germany, and throughout the United States. She has written numerous articles for Dressage Today and other magazines, all of which draw on her passion of evaluating and improving equine balance and movement. In training and lesson settings, she assists riders to develop effective riding positions towards that goal. She specializes in non-Warmblood breeds for training (Iberian horses, Morgans, Arabians, etc.) and all levels of riders.