Who is The Athletic Rider…


Leah Hinnefeld is the owner of the Athletic Rider® 

Leah is a lifelong equestrian, an A-circuit show hunter rider and a farm owner whose greatest joy (since saying farewell to the days of living as a show gypsy) is raising and starting young horses. She is also a runner, ex-swimmer and former gym rat who continues to challenge her own fitness boundaries by trail running and strength training in her home gym.  She has taken her horse and fitness passions, blended them into a unique business model and targeted those efforts to fulfill a growing interest and emphasis on rider fitness, health and sports performance.

After spending over a decade working with both owners interested in maintaining barefoot performance horses and those facing the challenges of owning metabolic horses, Leah shifted gears to provide efficient, effective and affordable fitness and nutrition solutions to horse owners and riders. Having faced the struggles of finding time for family, work, horses and fitness, Leah knows how to design a program that will get it done, keep it fun and leave plenty of time for those precious moments in the saddle. 

Having retired her legal “shingle,” Leah completed her personal trainer certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and her nutrition coaching certification with Precision Nutrition in 2014. In November 2014 she became a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP), graduating from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She most recently completed her Coaching Mastery Certification as a COR.E Sports Performance Dynamics Professional.

Leah and The Athletic Rider are now considered the go-to resource for rider’s looking to get fit to ride better.

My goal is simple-to create a wholistic approach to rider fitness that addresses the six influencers of a rider’s energy (how she shows up to the different moments in her day). The six influencers that impact a rider are spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, social and environmental.–Leah Hinnefeld

Through the Athletic Rider, Leah is able to provide virtual fitness and nutrition solutions that emphasize the athletic demands faced by all riders, farm owners and horse lovers. In 2016 when she realized that many riders would benefit from equestrian sports performance coaching that considered the mind, body and soul, she developed one-on-one and group coaching classes to take riders to that next level of awareness and performance.   Leah will also come to your farm for live workshops and clinics.

When not hosting an online rider fitness boot camp, coaching riders or working on her own fitness, you can find Leah on her farm riding one her two horses (Bentley and Logan), walking her dogs (Zorro and Roscoe) or attending North Point Community Church with her husband, Mark.


I train for my body. I run for my mind.
I ride for my heart.

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