Lengel of Colo., named NRHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year
January 25, 2019
Abby Lengel's passion for reining was sparked by a chance lesson taken on a reining horse with Drake Johnson, a Colorado National Reining Horse Association professional. Since 2007, when her reining career got its start in youth 14-18 and rookie competitions, the Colorado native has had great success in the show arena as an assistant trainer and as a non pro coach.
Lengel graduated with a degree in equine industry and business at West Texas A&M University. Shortly after she started working as an assistant trainer for NRHA Million Dollar Rider Casey Deary. Between the trust Deary instilled in her early on with training high-end prospects and the passion she brings into the sport – from mucking stalls to training a horse off of the release of pressure – her talent is evident. She credits a great deal of success to the "corrective criticism" and encouragement Deary has provided since 2014. She continues to excel, placing high in the biggest NRHA competitions, all while keeping the trust of the horse as well as the horses' mental health front of mind.