In 2006 Jonathan took all the theory,
skills and experiences from his life with horses and integrated them
into his own method of teaching people how to become excellent with
their horses: Jonathan Field Horsemanship, Inspired by Horses.
With Jonathan’s natural ability to
communicate, he’s made his program fun and easy to understand in a
step-by-step format designed to teach you how to achieve your dreams
This evolution has taken Jonathan beyond his dreams, and he’s not stopping yet. He is a gifted teacher, presenter and horseman with a driving passion to share his message. A message that is proving amazing results world wide, with the Field Horsemanship Program now being adopted in England, Ireland, Europe, Australia and all over North America. Join us in this moment in history when mankind achieves higher horsemanship and appreciates these wonderful creatures for who they are and what they’ve done for us. It’s a time of more humane methods and true understanding of the horse.
parents introduced him to horses when he was just a year old and he's
been around them ever since. Growing up in the rural community of
Bradner, British Columbia, Jonathan spent many evenings and weekends
with his family and friends spending time with their horses. In a
helmet and jodhpurs riding his small, buckskin
At the age of 13, a trip to a cattle branding with his family changed Jonathan's focus, spurring him toward another path with horses. He was now determined to be a cowboy. For four seasons Jonathan worked at the historic Quilchena Cattle Company, one of the largest operating cattle ranches in Canada. He lived the cowboy life, nestled in a cow camp, riding the range every day, driving cows, branding calves — rain, snow or shine. Each day was spent in the saddle, and a teenaged Jonathan could imagine nothing better.
Life so often shifts unexpectedly, and Jonathan decided to pursue a stable future with his family's water well drilling company and his cowboying days were delegated to occasional opportunities. However, a well-drilling accident in the bush, 20 minutes from the nearest town, changed everything. A 500-pound steel casing fell from 20 feet in the air after its supporting chain failed, landing on Jonathan's arm, crushing and amputating all but half-an-inch of skin on his left wrist. After nearly succumbing to blood loss and shock during the almost ten hours of travel by plane and ambulance, four doctors at Vancouver General Hospital decided to attempt the reattachment and rebuilding of Jonathan's hand and wrist. After a remarkable and successful surgery, Jonathan awoke in a haze in the hospital's plastics and burns unit, obviously uncertain of his future. The painful months of recovery were the beginning of a journey that would change Jonathan forever, leading him toward a life with horses and a new perspective on life overall.
A New Reality
Because Natural Horsemanship was the philosophy that had planted the seed in his mind all those years ago, Jonathan was
now driven to learn as much as he could. All during his recovery period, Jonathan watched horsemanship videos hundreds of times, and gradually started applying these methods with his own horses. Over the next ten years Jonathan studied closely with a number of top instructors, learning their methods, listening to their ideas. He worked day and night toward becoming a valued and accomplished horseman: reading books, watching videos, attending clinics and studying the works of Pat Parelli, Ronnie Willis, Craig Johnson, Ray Hunt, Dr. R.M. Miller and George Morris, to name a few. Jonathan's success is not a surprise when you consider the gracious help, time and experience so many wise and talented horseman have personally shared with him. This willingness to share knowledge has sparked Jonathan to go the extra mile to help a student or a troubled horse, sometimes late into the evening at a clinic. He'll say the best way to repay your teachers is by passing it on to others.
Jonathan has since started hundreds of horses; trailer loaded thousands, including wild and problem horses; and has developed his own horses into the best friends and partners that you see in his demonstrations. He has coached, mentored and shared his knowledge with thousands of people in clinics and presentations. Jonathan's been the crowd favorite at the Mane Event in both Red Deer and Chilliwack in British Columbia since 2004, and he headlined the 2008 and 2010 Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, California. He also attracted a record number of horse enthusiasts at the 2009 Western Canada Farm Progress Show in Regina, Saskatchewan. Jonathan recently shot a pilot for a television series and is beginning work on a book that promises to bring his message to even more horse lovers around the world.
In addition to being a passionate teacher and gifted presenter, Jonathan is an amazing horseman on a quest to share his knowledge with horse lovers around the world. Join him on his journey and stay forever 'Inspired by Horses'.