Noted dressage trainer joins team at Valenti Equestrian Club in Rancho Santa Fe


Irene Valenti, founder of the Valenti Equestrian Club, announced recently that Lena Nordlof-Davis has been appointed as the club’s Dressage Trainer effective July 16, 2014.

The VEC boarding-training facility is renowned as the premier 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 received 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 Fédération Equeste International (International Federation for Equestrian Sports) Grand Prix level, acquired a passion for horses at a very young age. 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 remarked. “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 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.”

The VEC is situated on more than 16 acres with direct access to the Rancho Santa Fe covenant riding trail system. It offers private boarding, professional hunter/jumper training, dressage, grooming, ample access for large trailers and is close to the Del Mar Racetrack. A limited number of boarding stalls and tack rooms are available. Visit

or call 858-759-9239 for information on boarding, or contact Nordlof-Davis directly regarding dressage training at 760-822-7483 (school horses are available for lessons).