Author Jan Dawson was the owner and operator of Golondrina Stables and Training Center in Texas where she offered boarding, riding lessons and horse training. She trained riders and horses in hunt seat, western and dressage until she retired in 1995 to devote her time to horse showing. She teaches clinics to riders and instructors across the United States, teaches safety seminars and certifies riding instructors. The techniques she uses to instruct her students are also visible in her book, Teaching Safe Horsemanship. Jan is president and clinician of the American Association for Horsemanship Safety, Inc., and also writes the Association's Caution: Horses newsletter. She is a member of the United States Dressage Federation and the American Horse Show Association. Dawson lives in Fentress, Texas, with her family.