Janet St. Jacques
"Shawnee's Irish Gem"
Shamrocks anyone??? My Irish charm was born on St. Patrick’s Day
twenty-one years ago. I purchased “Shawnee’s Irish Gem” or “Gem” as I call
her, as a two year old. Gem was obviously a “green” horse and I wasn’t
much more than an inexperienced rider. From the beginning of our
relationship, I knew we were destined to ride the trails of Colorado;
finding peace and joy outside of the arena. Over the years, we have
traveled many miles together, growing in experience and trust.
After a long and enjoyable career
in Information Technology at a high tech company, I was given the
opportunity to turn my weekend pleasure riding into a new career.
Dissatisfied with riding the same old trails and knowing that Colorado
was abundant in horse trails, I set out to discover them. Through this
research, it became evident that Colorado possessed the trails but
documentation was limited and most often incomplete. When found, the
information was geared toward hikers, bicyclists or off-road vehicles.
By using my computer knowledge and my love of trail riding, my goal is
to give the horse rider one reference that has directions to the trail,
a description of the trail, a map, numerous pictures as well as other
important information in a series of books. As an author and a Colorado
resident, I want to empower the local horse rider to experience the
various trails and terrains available to them as well as encourage those
out-of state riders that are considering venturing to Colorado for a
planned vacation. Having ridden in Scotland, Germany, Australia, Mexico
and various states in the U.S., Colorado will always be my favorite
place to ride!!
My first book "Northern Colorado -
Book 1" was released in December 2004 and is currently selling well.
"Central Colorado - Book 2" was released November 2005 and is
also selling well. Book 3, another Northern Colorado book, was released
in March of 2007. I am currently working on a Southern Colorado book scheduled to be released in the
If you happen to see Janet and Gem
on the trail, be sure to pull-up and say "Hello".