Juri Ito was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan, where she started riding at age of 6 at privately owned stable called Palomino Pony Club in Hamaoka, Japan. Juri rode ponies in the Jumper division competing against many adults and horses. Juri and her best friend Chiharu became founders of the Pony Jumper division in Japan. After moving to the United States, Juri continued her passion for riding. Juri then experienced Hunters, Equitation, Jumpers, Hunter Paces, Eventing, Dressage, and Fox Hunting. Now Juri competes in the Grand Prix riding for her native country of Japan.