the focused rider is based on a simple idea

You can create your own success in the saddle

Hey there, I’m Jen

I’m on a mission to help you make positive changes in your riding through thoughtful, focused effort.

After years of riding and owning horses, I found myself desperate not only to keep track of everything I did with my horses but also to figure out ways of combating deep-seated fears and anxieties.

Between rehabbing two horses with injuries in two years to facing the grim realization that my safe and steady new dressage partner was less safe and more horse than I bargained for, I lost my passion for riding.

And… I forgot why I fell head over heels in love with these giant furry beasts in the first place.

I needed a whole new approach to riding – one centered on being mindful, present, and focused.

The Focused Rider came to life.

No unicorns, rainbow sprinkles, or fairy tales

Just practical ideas and tools to make the journey with your horse a meaningful one

From the latest in psychology research to real-world rider insights on creating better habits, The Focused Rider brings you everyday solutions and tools geared towards reaching your riding goals – no matter what they are.

about jen havice


Jen and Ben


 I’m an amateur dressage rider who enjoys cutting the occasional cow. I’ve been riding for over 20 years and owning horses for almost that long. When I’m not sitting on a horse, chasing after two quirky wirehaired pointers, or thinking up new ways to inspire riders, you can find me helping businesses with their messaging. I live and ride in the Twin Cities, or as I affectionately like to call it, the land of 10,000 hot dishes.


  • I’m a planning nerd and productivity junky – if there’s an app, planner, or article about developing better habits, I’ve either tried it or read about it.
  • My marketing clients love the fact that I can distill complex ideas into the easily understandable
  • I never met a piece of chocolate I didn’t like

meet the team

meet the team


11-year-old Quarter Horse Mare


Jack of all trades


Chasing cows, going on trail rides, and giving Jen a run for her money whenever possible.


11-year-old Oldenburg Gelding


Dressage horse


Hanging out with his friends in the pasture, giving kisses, and doing flying changes when he’s not supposed to.

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One last thing…

Disclaimer and legal mumbo-jumbo

Just in case you were wondering, I am not a professional horse trainer, psychologist, life or riding coach. The content of this website represents only the opinions of Make Mention Media and Communications LLC DBA The Focused Rider. The content herein is intended solely for the entertainment of the reader and the author should not be relied upon in making any decisions. See disclaimer page