Tonya Johnston, Mental Skills Coach speaks with top rider Aaron Vale and answers a listener question on handling fatigue at a show. Brought to you by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services. Listen in!

Plaidcast 375: Tonya Johnston’s Inside Your Ride with Aaron Vale by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services


  • Host: Tonya Johnston, Visit her Website, Facebook and buy her book Inside Your Ride
  • Guest: Aaron Vale is a top rider and trainer who manages Thinkslikeahorse, a full-service training facility in Williston, Florida, with quality jumpers, hunters, and equitation horses. Aaron has won more than 275 Grand Prix and has represented the U.S. in Nations Cups and FEI World Cup™ Finals. In 2024, he began the year by representing the NetJets® U.S. Jumping Team at the Longines League of Nations™ Abu Dhabi CSIO5* and the Longines League of Nations™ Qualifier in Ocala with Carissimo 25. He also rode Prescott to the win in the $100,000 MARS Equestrian Grand Prix CSI3* at WEC Ocala. Aaron has had numerous hunter and derby wins including twice winning the $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix. Aaron has also excelled in the equitation and as a junior rider was reserve champion at the ASPCA Maclay, Medal and USET Talent Search finals.
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