PODCAST ALERT! 🎙️ A Reining Masterclass: Tips for Every Rider with Jim Greendyk

Have you ever considered that the pros are just like us? Do you think they do something different with their horses than the everyday rider?

Do you wonder if pros ever have to build confidence, overcome anxiety or take lessons of their own? Do they have mentors and how do they handle pressure? 

Do trainers feel a little like school teachers, where teachers sleep under desks at school and trainers sleep in the tack room and have no family… right?

You are going to love this episode. Period. Jim is such a gracious, friendly fellow and I’m so glad he’s a part of the horse industry, and a guest on the podcast. Dive in, friend!

Episode Overview:

In this episode, we have the pleasure of talking with Jim Greendyk, one of Western Canada’s most successful reining horse trainers and riders. Known for his exceptional timing and balance, Jim shares his journey from the Porcupine Hills of Southern Alberta to becoming a respected figure in the reining industry across Canada and the USA. He provides deep insights into his training philosophy, the importance of confidence in both horse and rider, and the value of learning from others in the industry.

Guest Bio:

Jim Greendyk is a renowned rider, trainer, and coach in the reining horse industry. His success spans both Canada and the USA, and he has earned the trust of international clients from Europe who entrust their horses to his care. Jim's dedication to high standards of performance and his unique ability to bring out the best in his horses have made him a multiple Futurity and Derby Finalist and Champion. His journey is a testament to the power of perseverance, learning, and continuous improvement.

In this Episode, We Cover:

Bridging Worlds:

Jim discusses the importance of connecting different segments of the Western riding community, emphasizing the benefits of cross-pollination among various disciplines.

Building Confidence:

He explains why confidence is more important than competence for both horses and riders, and how starting with basics can lead to greater achievements.

Training Philosophy:

Jim shares his belief that reining is essentially a steering competition and how mastering the basics can significantly improve any horse's performance.

Overcoming Anxiety:

He provides insights into managing show pen anxiety by preparing intensely at home, so competitions feel like a vacation.

Learning from the Best:

Jim talks about his experiences learning from top trainers and the value of surrounding yourself with the best in the industry.

Balanced Work Life:

He delves into his strategies for maintaining a balanced life, including early starts and family involvement in the business, ensuring that work does not overwhelm personal life.

Adapting to Change:

Jim reflects on his move from Canada to Scottsdale, Arizona, and how the change in environment and culture has positively impacted his work-life balance and training approach.

Mentorship and Influence:

He credits his success to various mentors and influential figures who have guided him, emphasizing the importance of soft skills and emotional control in training.

Handling Pressure:

Jim discusses how to manage the pressure of horse shows and the importance of not overworking horses, ensuring they remain happy and willing partners.

Practical Techniques:

Listeners will learn about specific training exercises, like the five-cone pattern, that help improve steering and overall horse control.

Why You Can’t Miss This Episode:

Whether you're an aspiring rider, a seasoned trainer, or someone passionate about horses, Jim Greendyk’s journey and insights offer invaluable lessons. His practical advice on training, managing show pen anxiety, and maintaining a balanced life provide a comprehensive guide to achieving success in the reining horse industry. Jim's candid storytelling and deep understanding of both horse and human psychology make this episode a must-listen for anyone looking to elevate their game.

Connect with Jim Greendyk:

Follow Jim on Instagram — @jimgreendykhorses and stay updated on his latest training techniques, competitions, and insights into the world of reining horses. Join his journey and be part of a community that values excellence, learning, and the incredible bond between rider and horse.

And if you're ready to unlock your full potential as a rider, learn what's missing from your training program and get the mental skills you need for peak performance, SIGN UP HERE for the Mini Mental Skills Bootcamp to reserve your seat!

Ride with confidence,


Mental Coach & Founder, Resilient Reiner

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