RANCHO SANTA FE — The Valenti Equestrian Club has appointed Lena Nordlof-Davis as its new VEC dressage trainer. The VEC boarding-training facility is an equestrian facility in the covenant of Rancho Santa Fe.
A native of Sweden, Nordlof-Davis has served as the dressage trainer at the Fairbanks Riding Club in Rancho Santa Fe for the past 13 years and is the recipient of the 2013 Trainer of the Year award from the San Diego CDS Chapter. She will be relocating her dressage training business to the VEC, accompanied by two assistants.
Nordlof-Davis, who successfully competed at the FEI (“Fédération Equeste International”, International Federation for Equestrian Sports) Grand Prix level, acquired a passion for horses at a very young age when she lived near a facility in her Swedish hometown where top European dressage riders would train.
“I remember fondly my experience as a child when the horses would arrive during the summer months; they were magnificent animals,” Nordlof-Davis said. “For me, I’m not just riding horses — I am on the back of nature, seeking balance and living my dream. I experience a closeness to the environment when I work with horses and exercise patience with my students as well as their equine partners … both deliver superior results given the appropriate amount of time.”
Nordlof-Davis currently manages 20 horses with the capacity to increase her client base. Many of her students compete and have earned their silver and bronze medals as well as several State CDS Championship wins, numerous High Point awards, and Circuit Championship awards. On her appointment to the VEC, she said, “I’ve always admired the Valenti Equestrian Club facility. It has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and the grounds are stunningly gorgeous with a beautiful dressage arena. I’m honored to fill the post as the new dressage trainer and look forward to working with Hunter/Jumper Trainer Guillermo Obligado and the Valenti equestrian staff.”