Twin Elm Training was established in 2004. It was originally a traveling lesson/training program and developed into the operation it is today. Twin Elm Training was named in honor of Bobbie Jo's Grandparent's Dairy Farm. Twin Elm Dairy is located in the Upper Peninsula in Chassell and is still family-owned. The permanent home of Twin Elm Training was purchased in the summer of 2011 and continues to evolve and grow.
Twin Elm Training’s
Owner and Trainer/Instructor
Bobbie Jo Jaakkola
ARIA Certified Instructor
Level II Hunt Seat (on the flat), Western and Saddle Seat
Since competing in her first horse show at age 1, horses have been a huge part of Bobbie Jo’s life. Bobbie Jo grew up in the Upper Peninsula, competing with stock-type horses at the 4-H and Open Show level. After high school, she attended Michigan State University’s Institute of Agricultural Technology and studied Horse Management and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 1998. She was also recognized as the Outstanding Horse Management Student of the Year in her graduating year. Throughout her time at Michigan State, Bobbie Jo was an active member of the Institute of Agricultural Technologies Horse Judging Team, the MSU Equestrian Team, and was a board member of the MSU Horseman’s Association. In the summer of 1998, she started working for a large Morgan farm in Northville, Michigan. During her 6 years with this farm, Bobbie Jo worked her way up to becoming their Senior Instructor, Summer Camp Director, and assisting with their training program. In 2004 Bobbie Jo began Twin Elm Training as a part-time traveling operation which has evolved into a full time, full service horse training and lesson program. As the owner/trainer of Twin Elm Training Bobbie Jo has led riders to success at national levels of competition.
Tony the Pony
Twin Elm's equine staff is composed of seasoned veterans that were selected because of their pleasant and willing attitudes. These kind animals exhibit endless patience as many students take their first riding lessons and their first trip around the show arena.
Stephanie Sparrow Instructor/Camp Director
Stephanie has been riding horses since the age of 7. She began riding with Twin Elm Training in 2010 and has since been a camp counselor every summer and a part of the night crew to take care of the horses at the barn several evenings a week. She has had training in multiple disciplines, including hunt seat (on the flat and over fences), dressage, saddleseat, and western. She continues to train to further her knowledge and skills. Stephanie enjoys teaching beginners to show them the ropes of riding.
The Jack Pack
Nelly, Russell and Jack
Johanna has been teaching and training dressage for over 20 years. She relocated to Michigan in 2013 from Lexington, Kentucky where she owned a breeding and training facility for 10 years. Johanna enjoys teaching beginners as well as adult amateurs through fourth level. She attended the USDF Instructor Program as a participating instructor, judged many dressage schooling shows and open breed shows, and travels out of state to give clinics. Johanna is a graduate of the Western Dressage Association of America Train the Trainers program. Johanna started teaching at Twin Elm Training in the spring of 2014.