Accross the Diagonal Farm


Across the Diagonal Farm is a classical dressage training facility located in beautiful Tryon, North Carolina. We are 15 minutes from the new Tryon International Equestrian Center.


Andreas Hausberger clinic is July 27-29, 2015. Riding and Auditor spots still available. Held at Pennwood Farm in North Carolina and Speigel Farm in South Carolina.

Contact Jen for details
PHONE: (831) 601-8191

Competitive Classical Dressage

Jennifer is passionate about sharing her knowledge and seeks to teach the language and art of dressage passed on to her by some of the foremost masters in the world.

Jennifer is an "S" USEF Dressage judge since 1985, and has enjoyed judging internationally from Canada thru Mexico.

With over 30 years of training at FEI level, Jennifer based her farm in Carmel, Calif and had wonderful school horses to learn on from training thru Gran Prix. She is now begining a new chapter in her life with her recent move to Tryon, North Carolina this year.

Jennifer specializes in lunge lessons, correct basics, 'Work in Hand' and coaching at shows. Her students and horses for decades have won many CDS, USDF titles, Horse of the Year, NAJYRC competitiors on self trained horses, Champion and Reserve Champion in USEF Dressage Seat Equitation medal finals.

Compassionate correct training, Baroque horses a specialty since the late 80's; Jen specializes in finding harmonious partnerships for horse and rider. Whether beginner or FEI, Lunge lessons or Piaffe /passage training, its all about correctness, developing a better communication, and having fun with your horse!
- Open, Jr/Young riders, Adult Amateurs of all levels welcome.
- Clinics with Chief Rider Andreas Hausberger of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna for the last 17 years!



Jen adores matching dressage riders with quality appropriate horses.

Read her "Quest for the Holy Grail" in the September 2012 issue of USDF Connection.

Jennifer is available for Judging, Lessons and clinics and competition clinics.

Leah Myers at USEF EQ Finals 2015
Leah Myers, Reserve champion USEF Equitation medal finals


The Rider

"The classical design of the rider's position enhances balance and suppleness. With practice the rider can achieve the main goal of equitation which is to produce an independent seat and use of the aids. It is no wonder that at the most revered riding school in the world, The Spanish Riding School in Vienna, riders are often on the longe for one to two years. They must master their seat before they are allowed to 'take up the reins'".

Jennifer speaks from a position of extensive experience. Early in her teenage years she trained with Charles de Kunffy. He was also her high school instructor in the San Francisco Bay area. Upon his advice, at 15, she was sent to Egon von Neindorff's classical riding school in Karlsruhle, Germany. That same summer in 1971, Jen was able to observe the famous Aachen International show and then she was hooked on Dressage!

Jennifer has been a working student for Hilda Gurney, and Melle van Bruggen, at that time he was the USET Olympic coach. Next she was off to Europe to study with Olympic veterans Karin Schluter and Margit Otto-Crepin. When she returned to Carmel Valley she started Across the Diagonal Training Farm and hosted for 12 years clinics with Dietrich von Hopffgarten. Other influential instructors have been Anders Lingren, Steffen Peters, Susanne Von Dietz, Guenther Zach, Rod Johnson, ArthurKottas, Christine Stuckelberger, and Kyra Kyrklund.

For the last 17 years she has hosted clinics with The Spanish Riding School's Chief Rider Andreas Hausberger at Across the Diagonal Farm in Carmel Valley, CA.
Read article "Equitation: The Foundation of Successful Riding" by Nan Meek with Jennifer Roth

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Our services

Current Events

JOIN US for the Andreas Hausberger Dressage clinic, July 27-29, 2015.

Across The Diagonal farm will host this event for the 17th year in a row! Held at Pennwood Farm in North Carolina and Speigel Farm in South Carolina.
Contact Jennifer Roth at (831) 601-8191 or email her at for more details. Book NOW only a few lessons slots still open. Limited Auditing.

Coming Fall of 2015 we will welcome Susanne Von Dietze Clinic again, dates and times will be posted shortly. Auditors and riders benefit from Susanne's demonstrations, and join us for the event dinner and companion lecture. Email Jennifer for more info at:

Rider, Horse matchmaking

Jen specializes in finding harmonious partnerships for horse and rider. Jen's philosophy is simple, it takes a knowledgable eye and hands on training experience working with horse and rider combinations to know what horse would be best for each rider personality and ability.


Jennifer prides herself in combining serious dressage training with a fun, safe atmosphere at the barn. Our primary focus is the training and teaching of private clients. We enjoy working with Junior/Young Riders as well as Adult Amateurs.

The barn is located in Rutherfordton, NC close to the Tryon International Equestrian Center.


Jennifer is an FEI trainer who prides herself on her practical knowledge of classical dressage.


Jennifer Roth is a well respected Judge who's presided over schooling and registered Dressage Shows throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.

Book her for a ride and review session at your barn. Get the benefit of a training session first, do a test and then review the results with Jennifer.

Jennifer's is also available for clinics.

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About us


Jennifer began riding in 1966!

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Jennifer has won numerous national USEF and USDF awards.

Along with training and competing, Jennifer began a Lipizzan breeding program in the early 1990's. Her goal was to improve the quality of Lipizzans in the United States and promote successfully this endangered breed.

Jennifer particularly enjoys teaching students of all levels. At her facility she teaches adults and children in dressage and hunters. She has been an USEF dressage judge since 1984 and holds a "S" judges' card.

Glider Jennifer Roth
Jennifer Roth riding
Siglavy Angelica II-I
Jennifer Roth riding Maestoso II Sabrina

Jennifer Roth is an USEF ‘S’ Dressage judge and has judged many prestigious shows over the last 30 years. She has continued her training with Dietrich Von Hopffgarten of Canada and Andreas Hausberger of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. She has earned numerous USDF Horse of the year awards in both national and regional top standings.

Case Study: Stephanie Early

Top row photography courtesy of: Susan J. Stickle Photography

Stepanie - young girl Stepanie - teen girl
Stephanie - Gladstone Stephanie - Gladstone
Stepanie - teen girl Stepanie - teen girl
Stephanie - NAJYRC - Silver Stephanie - USEF Finals, Chicago


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The farm

  • Full Service Facility
  • Fully Rubber Matted Stalls
  • Individually tailored feeding program
  • Client tack rooms
  • 24 hour supervision
  • Large turnout pastures
  • New full dressage court
  • Hot/cold water wash rack

Across the Diagonal

Across the Diagonal Farm Barn Across the Diagonal Farm pastures
Barn Pastures
stalls stalls
Barn Interior New Arena in the making!

Clients may bring horses for short term stays and day haul ins are welcome.

Monthly training is available, boarding is available for horses/riders in a lesson program. Contact Jennifer for pricing and boarding rates.

Across the Diagonal Farm is conveniently located central to the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL / KAVL), Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP / KGSP), and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT / KCLT).

Rutherfordton is among the oldest towns in western North Carolina, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district.  Situated on ridges, its elevations offer great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its location in the Isothermal Belt means mild weather and outstanding beauty in four distinct seasons. 

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Get in touch.

Rutherfordton, NC

Across the Diagonal Farm is close to the new Tryon International Equestrian Center

Farm visits by appointment only.
Rutherfordton, North Carolina

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