Jillian Kreinbring

jillian Kreinbring has been working with horses her entire life. As a youth, she competed horses in the AQHA, APHA, and Open Stock Horse Association; trained with J.R. Reichert, and trained for Kintzel Paint Horses. In college, she trained and showed for AQHA judge, Jim Dudley. Throughout these early years, she won numerous year-end high-point awards and futurity classes.

After college, she accepted the head training position at Circle L Ranch in Germany, where over the course of two years, she trained client horses; started young stock, and exhibited halter and pleasure horses. While abroad, she won three European National Halter Championships, the Circle L Western Pleasure Futurity, and High Point DQHA Horse of the Year, and trained AQHA World Qualifiers.

On her return from Germany, she stopped competing and entered a masters program at the University of Wisconsin, studying equine movement and muscle development. Jillian’s research was guided by Dr. Hillary Clayton, Dr. Nancy Nicholson, and Dr. Sara Wyche. She has studied gross anatomy with Dr. Deb Bennett. One major accomplishment of her graduate studies was the design of a conformation evaluation tool for the neck musculature of the horse.

Jillian spent several summers working with semi-feral horses. She developed herd-handling protocols for weanlings and yearlings. In addition, she engineered and directed the herd identification project.

She continues her riding education with Peggy Cummings, creator of Connected Riding©, with whom she has been riding since 2001. Jillian is a Connected Riding© Instructor. Of Peggy, Jillian says: “Peggy taught me neutral posture. This is simple, but not easy. Learning to ride in neutral posture was a complete game changer for me: my ability to clearly communicate with horses from the ground and in the saddle has become much more subtle and effective. Her brilliance in understanding not only what is needed to help the rider’s body, but how to teach that, is an inspiration.”


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In 2011, Jillian spent a month with Manolo Mendez, studying in-hand techniques and standing in as the student in his upcoming In-hand DVD. She says: “My time with Manolo was extraordinary because he is such an amazing trainer of horses. It was a wonderful experience to be in his presence because with him I could see what is possible in terms of helping horses use their bodies well without using force.” She plans to continue her studies with Manolo whenever possible.

Her deep concern for the health of horses fuels her ongoing study of classical riding and its relationship to sound biomechanics and mental wellbeing. Learn more about Jillian.

She is also studying to become an equine Osteopathic practitioner with the Vluggen Institute. It is her conviction that helping riders see how the horse’s mind and body work in concert promotes healthy riding and training habits, the benefit of which is freedom of movement for horses worked in-hand and under saddle. To further that end, she has developed her lecture series, “Understand Your Horse’s Movement to Realize His Potential.”




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