Jan Dawson

50 Years of Experience Working with Horses

Jan Dawson Curriculum Vitae

Jan Dawson, J.D. Safety and liability workshops and seminars; lectures, demonstrations and clinics; facility safety audits; program design; and expert witness services Jan Dawson has been involved with horses for over 50 years, on a cattle ranch in the flint hills of Kansas, in the hunt country of Virginia, and in Texas and Mexico. She has experience teaching and training in seven western and English disciplines. She and her students have won several championships, as have horses she has trained.


Ms. Dawson is a certified instructor and teaching clinician who trains and certifies riding instructors throughout the United States. She is founder and president of the non-profit, tax exempt American Association for Horsemanship Safety, Inc. The Association boasts the most extensive website in America featuring horsemanship liability laws and safety guidance.


Ms. Dawson is highly experienced in risk analysis of equestrian facilities and programs. She has taught riding many instructor certification clinics and equine liability workshops around the Unikted States. She also continues to consult frequently with horsemen and attorneys around the country.


Ms. Dawson developed the Secure Seat(sm) method of teaching riding, the first step-by-step, systematic method specifically designed for safely teaching beginners to ride and for teaching others to become more secure on their horses. It is the only riding instruction method ever to be reviewed in a peer reviewed journal.


She is the Author of Teaching Safe Horsemanship (Storey Communications, 1997 and 2003), a book that has becomea safety standard in the horse industry. Ms. Dawson is a frequent lecturer to groups including the United States Pony Club, the American Camping Association, the American Horse Shows Association (now USA Equestrian), the American Youth Horse Council, and several universities, including Washington State University, the University of Vermont, and Oklahoma State University. She was principal investigator under a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a project to reduce injuries from horse accidents among children on the Navajo Nation. As part of that project, she authored a children's book titled, "J.P. Paddock Says 'Be Safe with Horses." Ms. Dawson, with her late husband, University of Texas Law Professor Robert O. Dawson, is co-author of Cases and Materials on the Horse and the Law, (available from AAHS as a CD-ROM), a course book for a course in Equine Law they jointly taught at the University of Texas School of Law. Ms Dawson owns and manages the Central Texas riding Center in Fentress, Texas where she keeps her fourteen horses. She is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, but chooses not to practice. She offers a full range of expert and consulting services to attorneys in lawsuits involving horses.
(512) 488-2220 Jzdawson@aol.com P.O. Box 39, Fentress, Texas 78622


CONTACT INFORMATION
Jan Dawson
Central Texas Equestrian, Inc.
P.O. Box 39
Fentress, Texas 78622
(512) 488-2220 - voice
(512) 557-2950 - cell
jzdawson@aol.com


EDUCATION
College - B.A. Anthropology with Special Honors, University of Texas at Austin, 1976
Post-graduate - Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1983
Licensed to practice law in State of Texas


OCCUPATION
President (2006 –present) Central Texas Equestrian, Inc. and its subsidiary the Central Texas Riding Center. Facilities include multiple barns, lighted riding arenas and turn-out paddocks.
Owner/Trainer/Instructor, Central Texas Riding Center.
President (1995 - 2006) American Association for Horsemanship Safety, Inc.
Executive Vice President (1993-1995) Horsemanship Safety Association, Inc.
Certified Instructor and Teaching Clinician, American Association for Horsemanship Safety, Inc.
American Association for Horsemanship Safety, Inc. is a tax-exempt non-profit corporation devoted to horsemanship safety, horsemanship liability laws, and risk reduction.
Lecturer at Texas State University in Equine Law
Facility manager and principle instructor for the Texas State University Equestrian Classes. (2003 – 2005)


SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE
Has successfully shown hunters, western pleasure horses, western riders, and reiners; currently shows dressage horses.
Has taught beginning through advanced riding.
Has trained students to show in many disciplines.
Has trained gold, silver and bronze teams in the USDF Jr. Team Championships.
Former U.S. Pony Club District Commissioner and Instructor.
Has gentled and trained horses in various disciplines.
Has taught horsemanship safety clinics in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, New York, Vermont, and Washington.
Has trained and certified over 400 instructors and clinicians.
Has taught workshops in horsemanship safety and liability at the University of Montana - Western in Dillon, MT.
Has given seminars on safe horsemanship and workshops on equine liability sponsored by Washington State University, Oklahoma State University, Utah State University, and the University of Vermont.
Has taught with her husband, Professor Robert O. Dawson, a course in Equine Law at the University of Texas School of Law in the Spring Semesters of 2002 and 2003.
Was a lecturer in Equine Law students at Texas State University in the spring semesters of 2004, 2005.


Has taught the equestrian Taught Texas State University Equestrian Classes at her stable 2003 – 2006.
She currently gives regular workshops in Equestrian liability and continues to train riding staff around the country.
Has trained Native American instructors and clinicians and given safety seminars on the Navajo Nation in Arizona.
Completed a contract with Indian Health Service of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to design safety program for Native American horsemen on the Navajo Nation. As part of that contract, wrote a children's book on horse safety titled J.P. Paddock Says ... "Be Safe with Horses."
Has consulted, given depositions, and testified in horse accident cases involving serious injuries in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, Wyoming, and British Columbia, Canada.
Accident settings have included summer camps, riding stables, guest ranches, residential prep schools, county fair grounds and private ranches and suburban properties.
Has addressed the American Horse Council Annual Meeting 2006.
Has spoken to the Forum of the American Horse Shows Association Standards Committee at the National Convention in 2000 and in 2001 in Colorado Springs. The American Horse Shows Association, now U.S.A.Equestrian, is the body that represents the U.S. internationally.
Was keynote speaker at the Vermont Equine Summit Conference sponsored by the University of Vermont and the Vermont Department of Agriculture at the Vermont Law School March 2001.
Has presented two workshops at EqWest in 2000, workshops at various national meetings of the American Camping Association, workshops to the United States Pony Club, and workshops to the national conventions of the American Youth Horse Council in 2001 and 2002 and the National Meeting of the American Horse Council in 2007.


PUBLICATIONS
Secure Seat: The Art of Staying on Your Horse and Learning Feel (Box Stall Press 2004)
Teaching Safe Horsemanship (Storey Communications 1997, 2003)
Instructor's Handbook of Horsemanship Safety (1994).
"Harmony," a monthly column on balanced seat riding in Texas Horse Rider (1992-1994).
"Foreword" in Haas, Safe Horse, Safe Rider (Storey Communications 1994).
President's Column and various horsemanship and safety articles in Caution:Horses, the quarterly publication of the American Association for Horsemanship Safety (1995 -2005).
"Secure Seat(sm) A Safe and Systematic Approach to Teaching Riding", by Elizabeth Greene and Jan Dawson – paper presented at National Symposium on Equine Nutrition and Physiology (1999).
"Secure Seat(sm): A Safe and Systematic Approach to Teaching Riding," by Elizabeth Greene and Jan Dawson, Journal of Extension (Vol. 40, No. 4, August 2002) (an online, refereed journal at www.joe.org).
Co-authored the Self-Guided Horse Facility Analysis with Dr. Elizabeth Greene under a grant from the Vermont Department of Agriculture, 2002.
"J.P. Paddock Says... Be Safe with Horses" A United States Government Publication produced for use with a program on the Navajo Reservation, 2002.
Co-authored Cases and Materials on the HORSE and the LAW (Tentative Draft 2001) with her husband, Professor Robert O. Dawson.
Ms. Dawson's horsemanship and safety articles are collected and can be read on the Equine Law and Horsemanship Safety web site, maintained by the Tarlton Law Library of the University of Texas School of Law and have been reproduced in many national magazines and periodicals.


Further Information
American Assoc. for Horsemanship Safety web site
Equine Law and Horsemanship Safety web site