About Firefly Equestrian Center

James & Jennifer Gray Jenny has always been obsessed with horses, ever since her mother put her on her first pony at only 3 years old. She started taking lessons regularly when she turned 6, learning Western pleasure first before switching her focus to English pleasure. After watching the Olympics, she decided that she wanted to further her riding career beyond pleasure riding and started taking Dressage lessons in 1998. She received her first horse, Chance, from her mother in late 2000.

Jenny joined the United States Pony Club in early 2001 and earned her D-1 through D-3 ratings months later. Chance came down with EPM (Equine Protozoal Myloencephalitis) in late 2001, but that did not discourage Jenny. She received her second horse, Smokey, to learn on while Chance recovered and they quickly progressed together. With the help of a wonderful vet that did not give up, Chance recovered and came to be a wonderful riding partner. Jenny earned the national USPC rating of C-3 on Chance and attended national championships at Novice level eventing in the summer of 2006. She successfully competed Chance through Training level eventing, schooling through intermediate, and Smokey through Beginner Novice level eventing, schooling through novice.

In 2011, Jenny graduated Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. During her school career she focused on equine studies with emphasis on genetics and reproduction, though she took special interest in her behavior and training courses. After graduating Jenny earned a working internship with trainer Patti Porter and worked closely for two years. Her training included working with young green-broke horses as well as maintaining trained horses. She learned about biomechanics of both the horse and rider, and how to use dressage to improve balance, suppleness, and relaxation.