Jillian Kreinbring leads a white horse across a covered barn with a dirt floor.

Jillian Kreinbring

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With a vision to train and ride horses in accordance with principles of sound functional anatomy and posture, Jillian Kreinbring’s work focuses on balancing the natural and anatomic forces, within and between the horse and human, to achieve healthy movement and vital longevity. Her approach is to support each horse, as an individual, by applying classical principles combined with current knowledge of equine functional anatomy, posture, and psychology. For many years now, she has committed herself to blending the best of these worlds by studying both past and modern-day masters, and she is passionate about carrying forth this wisdom.

Jillian has worked with horses her entire life. In her early years, she participated in horse competitions in the AQHA, APHA, and Open Stock Horse Association. She trained with J.R. Reichert and trained for Kintzel Paint Horses. During her university years, she trained and showed for AQHA judge Jim Dudley. Throughout these years, she won numerous year-end, high-point awards and futurity classes.

After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Jillian 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 to the U.S., Jillian entered a master’s program at the Agricultural Life Sciences school at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) where she studied equine movement, posture, and muscle development, as well as adult vocational education. Her research was guided in part by Dr. Hilary Clayton, Dr. Nancy Nicholson, and Dr. Sara Wyche. With their support, Jillian completed her master’s thesis entitled  “Desired Muscular Development in the Neck of the Horse: An Equine Observational Communication Tool and Study”.

Later on, Jillian studied equine osteopathy at the Vluggen Institute, spent time with Dr. Deb Bennett (through Equinology) studying gross anatomy, and attended dissections led by Ivana Ruddock-Lange and Sharon May-Davis.

It is Jillian’s conviction that helping riders learn how the horse’s mind and physical systems of the body work in concert promotes healthy riding and training habits – the benefit of which is freedom of movement. Her deep concern for the health of horses fuels her ongoing study of classical riding and its relationship to sound functional anatomy, posture, and mental well-being. Prior to his death in 2016, Jillian studied extensively with Mark Russell, and continues her riding and in-hand education with Manolo Mendez, Stephanie Millham, and Peggy Cummings.