Gennaro Lendi

For Gennaro Lendi, his work as a reiner embraces all aspects of the job: he not only trains horses and coaches Non Pros, but also personally looks after the careful management of his stables – the staff, the best equipment and products – as well as a line of technical clothing that bears his brand. Moreover, he has a constant commitment to developing a sport “culture” through clinics and workshops, which he hosts in person or live on the Internet, and through what he considers his crowning achievement outside the show pen: the first digital magazine dedicated to the reining world and its protagonists published as an App. The magazine Horsense has, in fact, spread worldwide and reining’s top personalities on both sides of the ocean have spoken from its pages.

Born in Naples in 1984, Gennaro came from a family that had no equestrian tradition. However, his father was a true animal lover and bought Gennaro his first pony… before he was born. At the age of four, Gennaro got to know horses “close up”, both the pony he rode or drove attached to a cart, but also the “great” Argentinians on which his dad would go trail riding. Growing up around horses meant that he picked up a natural feel for these animals and an instinct for reading and understanding them that would stand him in good stead in his future profession.

Gennaro began reining as Youth at just 9 years of age, and became a successful rider while continuing his studies, specialising in sciences at high school and then in literature, music and entertainment at university. Among the many wins of this period, he was twice Italian Youth Champion and twice Futurity Non Pro Champion. Of his many coaches, he especially remembers Dario Carmignani, Todd Bergen, Andrea Fappani and Shawn Flarida.

Gennaro Lendi

For Gennaro Lendi, his work as a reiner embraces all aspects of the job: he not only trains horses and coaches Non Pros, but also personally looks after the careful management of his stables – the staff, the best equipment and products – as well as a line of technical clothing that bears his brand. Moreover, he has a constant commitment to developing a sport “culture” through clinics and workshops, which he hosts in person or live on the Internet, and through what he considers his crowning achievement outside the show pen: the first digital magazine dedicated to the reining world and its protagonists published as an App. The magazine Horsense has, in fact, spread worldwide and reining’s top personalities on both sides of the ocean have spoken from its pages.

Born in Naples in 1984, Gennaro came from a family that had no equestrian tradition. However, his father was a true animal lover and bought Gennaro his first pony… before he was born. At the age of four, Gennaro got to know horses “close up”, both the pony he rode or drove attached to a cart, but also the “great” Argentinians on which his dad would go trail riding. Growing up around horses meant that he picked up a natural feel for these animals and an instinct for reading and understanding them that would stand him in good stead in his future profession.

Gennaro began reining as Youth at just 9 years of age, and became a successful rider while continuing his studies, specialising in sciences at high school and then in literature, music and entertainment at university. Among the many wins of this period, he was twice Italian Youth Champion and twice Futurity Non Pro Champion. Of his many coaches, he especially remembers Dario Carmignani, Todd Bergen, Andrea Fappani and Shawn Flarida.

At the end of 2006, he turned in his Non Pro card and definitively embraced professional reining and, just a few years later, moved his headquarters to the splendid Tuscan estate of the famous photographer, Oliviero Toscani, with whom he has developed a close friendship: “I consider him a Master. A master of life. I think he is that person that has had the greatest influence on my current way of acting, thinking and working,” Gennaro says. “He taught me that beauty is cleanliness and attention to detail. This is equally true for my work because reining is, after all, an art form”.

As an Open rider, Gennaro Lendi has competed in both Europe and the United States. He has garnered multiple victories in all Special Events and, as a member of Team Italy on several occasions, has won FEI team and individual medals both in the European Championships, the World Equestrian Games and in the World Championships, including the memorable 2016 Gold Medal with Yankee Gun. It was Yankee who, in more recent times, brought him to the set of Rambo, Last Blood, when Gennaro’s stables “lent” the World Champion as a mount for the great Sylvester Stallone, to whom Gennaro was Horse Master throughout the period of filming with horses, thus adding another important experience to his varied and interesting professional curriculum.

At the end of 2006, he turned in his Non Pro card and definitively embraced professional reining and, just a few years later, moved his headquarters to the splendid Tuscan estate of the famous photographer, Oliviero Toscani, with whom he has developed a close friendship: “I consider him a Master. A master of life. I think he is that person that has had the greatest influence on my current way of acting, thinking and working,” Gennaro says. “He taught me that beauty is cleanliness and attention to detail. This is equally true for my work because reining is, after all, an art form”.

As an Open rider, Gennaro Lendi has competed in both Europe and the United States. He has garnered multiple victories in all Special Events and, as a member of Team Italy on several occasions, has won FEI team and individual medals both in the European Championships, the World Equestrian Games and in the World Championships, including the memorable 2016 Gold Medal with Yankee Gun. It was Yankee who, in more recent times, brought him to the set of Rambo, Last Blood, when Gennaro’s stables “lent” the World Champion as a mount for the great Sylvester Stallone, to whom Gennaro was Horse Master throughout the period of filming with horses, thus adding another important experience to his varied and interesting professional curriculum.