I’m proud to showcase Just Anna & Jassamyn Maumill for our third instalment of Standardbred Showcase #transformationtuesday, a new segment through Dressage Dreamers.
Just Anna & Jessamyn Maumill
Jessamyn from the Blue Mountains New South Wales found Just Anna back in 2016, Anna, at the time, an un raced three year old, going through countless sales throughout New South Wales. Who also spent time as an embryo mare in the Central West area. However, after she failed as a surrogate she was soon put up for re-homing. While Jess finding Anna’s Facebook ad during her HSC, they haven’t looked back since.
After a long 6-hour trip to go and see Anna, Jess fell in love. It wasn’t long until transport was organised, Anna arrived skinny and scared. Soon in Jess’ care Anna started to put the weight back on and feel safe in her new home.
Jess admits they have had an eventful road together, with Anna being broken into saddle at the end of 2016 with plenty of spells when needed to allow her to mature and be a horse. It was almost a year into her new career when Jess started free jumping Anna. Who, after clearing a 1 meter fence! Quickly found out this is where her true talent lies, the pair haven’t looked back since. But still train in hacking and dressage.
Anna and Jess have achieved so much together she finds it hard to put it all down!
Proudly together their achievements are:
- Anna putting her trust in Jess, which was lead to her being started under saddle.
- Anna learning to accept the bridle (as this was something that she found very hard to accept).
- Becoming at ease in new situations, including being shod and being clipped for the first time.
- Removing any trace of pacing for the most beautiful canter.
- Establishing being ‘in frame’ and ‘on the bit’ regularly.
- Their first jumps.
- Continuing jumping new things and raising the heights.
Their major competition achievements are:
- Competing at their first show in Oberon and completing in their first showjumping competition at various heights including 45 cm, 60 cm and 75 cm. Proudly shocked everyone by placing first in the 60 cm round!
- Rylestone Show, having their first try at hacking, coming home with seconds and thirds, and also continuing in the showjumping arena competing in the 60 cm and 80 cm rounds, coming home with multiple seconds and thirds.
- Sofala Show, continuing in their hacking experience and coming home with firsts, seconds and thirds from all of the classes. Not to mention Champion Led Standardbred and the opportunity to compete for Supreme Led Mare!
With these achievements under their belt, Jess has great aspirations with Anna for the future. In the next 12 months her aims are:
- Jumping and competing at a higher level, Jump C grade in Pony Club (75cm-90cm). Always with the potential to go higher!
- Competing in dressage and eventing. – Would love to participate in a One Day Event!
- Compete at a few major shows, such as, Bathurst Royal.
But, what I love the most about Jess’ goals is wanting to bring awareness of Standardbred’s versatility and their heart. With Anna she has made all her achievements possible and has shaped her into a better rider she is today. Her biggest inspirations are all the influential people she follows on social media or out at competitions, who make the best out of what they have. The amount of amazing horse owners who achieve so much with so little but are always willing to help others are the kind of people who she aspires to.
If Jess could have a lesson with anyone, it would be Alycia Burton, she has the most amazing technique and her amazing story is one that she can honestly relate to in many ways. Alycia’s horsemanship is inspiring on so many levels, she too hopes one day to learn to destroy her fears like Alycia has.
No story is complete without special mentions from people who have inspired and helped us along our journey. Jess would love to thank her Grandmother and her Grandfather, Beryl and John Vickery and her Aunt Elizabeth. Because no matter what, even a State away, they have supported her through everything and have never let her give up. They have helped shape her into a better person and for that thank you will never be enough.
And of course, a special thanks to Anna! She was the first horse Jess has broken in herself and will always have her special place at home with her no matter what the future holds.