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Val Renihan

Val Renihan
Jumpers • Equitation • Hunters

Val Renihan  is one of the country’s top riders and trainers. She is also a highly respected clinician, teaching for the USHJA’s Trainer’s Symposiums. She grew up in Indianapolis, IN where her parents owned and operated Grandview Stables for over 50 years, which her sister now operates. Val has ridden and shown all her life and started training students at the age of 16.

She has ridden and trained hunter champions at the major shows throughout the Midwest and East Coast. These include such shows as The Pennsylvania National, Washington International, Capital Challenge, Winter Equestrian Festival, Lake Placid, Upperville, Bluegrass Festival, Old Salem Spring, Kentucky National and the USEF East Coast Jr Hunter Finals and Pony Finals. She has trained USEF National Hunter and Grand Hunter, Horse of the year Champions as well as numerous Zone and State Champions. Her students have both won and been in the top four “Best Child Rider” awards at The Pennsylvania National, Washington International, Old Salem Spring 1 & 2, and HITS, to name a few.

Val RenihanEquitation wins include the ASPCA Maclay Regionals 6 times, The Christy Conard award for overall Equitation Champion of the WEF circuit, Champion and World Champion at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, Devon, Winter Equestrian Festival, Lake Placid, ribbons in every National Equitation Finals as well as the USEF Pony Medal Finals.

Jumpers purchased and trained for her clients have represented the US in FEI World Cup Finals and the Super League, as well as winning major Grand Prixs, including the 2009 Washington International Presidents Cup and numerous classes through out Florida and the East Coast.

Val currently owns and operates Findlay’s Ridge LLC located in North Salem, NY and Wellington FL. 


For more information about Val and Findlays’ Ridge, visit:
findlaysridge.com
 

  

Val's Video Topics:


A Lunge Lesson

One of the best places to focus on the rider is on the lunge line. This video includes and intro by Bernie Traurig who is a big believer in this exercise. Val Renihan explains the many benefits that are achieved with this type of lesson, including enhancing the rider’s feel, strength and flexibility.  She incorporates different exercises that increase the rider’s stability in the tack, encourage the independence of the arms and seat, and build suppleness and core strength.

Running Time: 15 minutes and 15 seconds

Circle Exercise

Top equitation, hunter and jumper trainer, Val Renihan, has an exercise to hone the rider’s accuracy while reinforcing the horseʼs adjustability and responsiveness to the aids.

Running Time: 9 minutes and 14 seconds

Developing Feeling In Your Arms And Hands

In this topic Val Renihan shows us the exercises she uses with her students to encourage arms & hands that are flexible, shock-absorbers that follow the horse's mouth during connection, maintain proper position and are sensitive - in a word, “Feeling.”

Running Time: 9 minutes and 26 seconds

Flying Changes

In this topic Val Renihan breaks down the flying change in order to defuse the horse’s nervous anticipation of the flying change. Her exercises produce the relaxed, supple changes needed for winning equitation and hunter rounds.

Running Time: 15 minutes and 13 seconds

Getting Secure in Your Seat And Legs

Val Renihan introduces exercises she uses to develop the strength and security in the seat and legs of her riders.

Running Time: 10 minutes and 5 seconds

In The Spotlight Interview

Get to know Val Renihan from her introduction to the sport to her biggest influences.  In this interview, the highly respected rider, coach and clinician talks about the experiences, the people and the horses that have helped shape her successful career.

Running Time: 6 minutes and 21 seconds

Val Renihan - In The Spotlight Interview - Short Version

Get to know Val Renihan from her introduction to the sport to her biggest influences.  In this interview, the highly respected rider, coach and clinician talks about the experiences, the people and the horses that have helped shape her successful career.

This is a condensed version of this interview. Click here for the full version, which is available to members or on a pay-per-view basis.

Running Time: 3 minutes and 1 second