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.