Join the Journey

The JB Academy is an exclusive 12-month training programme for riders of all ages and levels who want to improve their showjumping at a variety of venues in the South West. 

Learn, improve and grow

The JB Academy is a structured training programme for riders of all ages and abilities. The year-long programme offers riders the opportunity to improve their showjumping at  a variety of venues, within a supportive group environment.

“As a member of the JB Academy, I’ve had more clear rounds than ever before. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get better!”

JB Academy rider, 22


The JB Academy Programme


Monthly Training Sessions

Training is held each month at a variety of venues in the South West. Each session features new exercises, homework to work on at home and lessons are videoed.

Camps, Demos and Seminars

Camps, demos and seminars are organized throughout the year to cover various topics. Previous sessions have included dissections and talks from industry professionals. Members can take part in the JB Academy camp each summer to improve their skills and bond with other members.

Social Events and Academy Ball

Social outings are organized throughout the year, including trips to shows and bowling. The year culminates with the JB Academy Ball – a chance to get dressed up and celebrate the year's achievements. 

Virtual Training

Virtual training for members who live too far from the training venues but want to benefit from the JB Academy training.

JB Academy Training Venues

Full List of Venues

Old Talland House

Cirencester Rd, South Cerney, Cirencester, Glos. GL7 6HU.

Telephone -  07813729547 (Christina)

Rabson Manor

Winterbourne Bassett, Wiltshire, SN4 9QF

Telephone - 01793 731202 or 07765 924252

Summerhouse Equestrian & Training Centre 

Bath Road, Hardwicke, GLOUCESTER, GL2 2RG

Telephone: 01452 720288 or 01452 726633

West Wilts Equestrian Centre

Melksham Road, Holt, North Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 6QT

Telephone - 01225 783220 or 07855 464075

Leyland Court

Trench Lane, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1RY

Telephone - 01454 773163 Mobile: 07770 940920

Rectory Farm

5 Rectory Farm, Duntisbourne Abbots, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 7JW

Telephone - 01285 821715

Newton Dairy Farm

Long Newton, Nr Brokenborough, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9SR

Hartpury College

Hartpury House, Gloucester, GL19 3BE

Telephone - 01452 702345


Stonar School

Cottles Park, Atworth, Wiltshire, SN12 8NT

Telephone - 01225 701 740


Downlands Equestrian

Downlands Church Farm, Tytherington, Warminster, BA12 7AB 

Telephone – 07734 299706

Sunnymead Equestrian Centre

Sunnymead Farm, Codrington Road, Westerleigh,  Bristol, BS37 8RG

Telephone – 01454 312334, Mobile 0776 9653868

Latest JB Academy Updates

Amy Bird in the Rosettes

Amy Bird and her horses competed at the local hunter trials, taking both Connor and Monet. Although a busy day, both horses performed well with Connor winning the clase and...

Steve Valente-Smith Hits Form in CSI Chantilly

Steve Valente-Smith rode out of his skin with guidance from Johnathan to finish 27th out of 80 in CSIAm-B Chantilly. 

2014 Academy Squad Hit Form

This year's JB Academy members are the strongest riders we have had since the academy started in 2012. There are many of the riders attending shows on a regular basis...

JB Academy – Not Just About Riding

Today the JB Academy members and their family and friends took part in an adventure afternoon with wall climbing, archery & bbq. The JB Academy offers comprehensive training alongside great...

Academy Riders Keep Results Coming In

The results keep flying in from the JB Academy riders. Megan Mackenzie picked up a 2nd at West Wilts.  Casey Reynolds jumped double clear for her school. Sophie Reeves secured...

Academy Show Well Attended

The JB Academy show held at Leigh Stud on Saturday 16 July saw many members compete in a variety of classes. The Puissance was won by Jess Parker, jumping 1.40m...

August JB Academy Workshop a Success

Johnathan hosted a JB Academy workshop on 10 August 2016 at his facility. Nine riders came to polish their technique and knowledge through training sessions and video analysis. Great day...

Academy Ball 2016 a Great Success

The 2016 JB Academy Awards ball was held at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire on the 22nd October. It was great to see the friendships made through the year and it...

2016-2017 JB Academy Launched

This year's edition of the JB Academy was launched at Countrywide with over 60 members joining. The launch night was a huge success and we look foward to seeing the...

First 2016-2017 Academy Training Session a Success

The first Academy training session for 2016-2017 was a success. Held at Laylandcourt, members were put through their paces over a course of fences by Johnathan, with lots of tips...

Academy Members on Flying Form

JB Academy members have been notching up the wins recently. Ella Jones won three classes at Rockhampton, while Abbie Ellison and Jess Parker qualified for the Blue Chip Championships. Congrats! 

Fantastic January JB Academy Workshop

The January JB Academy Workshop focused on the horse's anatomy: Johnathan gave a presentation and demonstration, which was followed by an afternoon lower limb dissection by special guests from Sparsholt...

2018 Summer Round-up

The JB Academy went to Bicton three-day show. Lots of experience gained. JB camps fall once again with slight different format: Johnathan taking a horse and doing a live demo....

Academy Workshop Day at Unicorn Centre

JB Academy workshop at the Unicorn Centre in March was well-attended by 15 riders, each receiving training sessions, a talk from a vet about ulcers and yoga lessons. 

JB Academy riders vs Coronavirus

The JB Academy riders have stuck together throughout the Corona Virus with Virtual training and Virtual Quiz Nights. 

UK Arena

The JB Academy have recently returned from Arena UK Festival with Lorraine Bone winning a 5th rosette on the final day. Well done to everyone who attended.

Now accepting applications for the 2020-2023 JB Academy



Leigh Stud
45 Malmesbury Road
Nr Cricklade

Mobile: 07905 602791 
Office:  TBC


JB Livery and Training Terms and Conditions 2020


UK Arena

The JB Academy have recently returned from Arena UK Festival with Lorraine Bone winning a 5th rosette on the final day. Well done to everyone who attended.

Arena UK

The JB Academy have recently returned from Arena UK Festival with Lorraine Bone winning a 5th rosette on the final day.

Website facelift

Our website is currently having a face lift. We would like to thank Mindvision Media Ltd for all their help on this.


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