Over a career spanning more then 25 years, Katie’s success in the show and dressage arenas has been nothing short of outstanding, with representing Australia in dressage being just one of her many achievements. Now in her 30’s, Katie focuses her energy and passion for horses on the educating and training of horses and riders of all levels and ages. She combines her kind and calm approach together with the techniques learnt from her training with the very best in the business including 10 years training with Australia’s World Equestrian Games team member and multi Australian Grand Prix Champion Maurice Bruce, Clemens Dierks, Rozzie and Heath Ryan, Carlos De Cleermaecker Roger Fitzhardinge, Caroline Lieutenant, Brett Parbery, Jane Bruce and Gill Rogers.
Katie has had six trips to the UK attending show runs throughout England and Ireland including Ponies UK, Royal Windsor, Royal International (3 times), Kent County, New Forest County, London Riding Horse Show (in Hyde Park), just to name a few. Katie also represented Australia at the International Teams Challenge UK Supreme Dressage Championships held at Addington Manor in 2012. Katie has also had four trips to Ireland attending many Dressage and Eventing Championships.
In her own right she holds countless Australian National and State titles in both dressage and the show ring including Grand Champion Rider Canberra Royal Show, Champion and Reserve Championships at Sydney, Canberra and Bathurst Royals, multi NSW EA Horse of the Year Winner, NSW Rider of the Year and NSW Horse of the Year – EA Awards Night, Australian Pony Dressage Team Leader, Winner of Dressage and Hacking in the UK, and perhaps most notably as trainer of pony Murrum Park Phantom from show pony to Multi-Champion Prix St George Dressage Pony, later making the British Dressage Squad. Katie’s students and the ponies she has trained have amassed thousands of championships at Royal Shows, Horse of the Year Shows, National Breed Shows, National and State Pony Dressage, Interschools, PC State Dressage, State Show Riding and gymkhanas, and Represented Australia in Dressage, with the dressage ponies she has trained having gone on to be selected on the NSW, Queensland and British Squads and the RDA National Team.
In both her teaching and training her focus is on confidence building, good sportsmanship, safety, ring craft and having fun!
Melea Rainnie, mother of student Harry Rainnie
Katie has been my children's riding instructor since 2006. I first saw Katie riding approximately two years prior and was in awe of this young girl who just looked to be part of the beautiful pony she was working. I never forgot her; such was the impression she made on me that day and so, was thrilled to find her as a guest instructor at our pony club one day.
Jane Walker, mother of students Ethan and Mia Walker
Having recently moved to the country I was looking for someone who could help teach my children aged 3 & 5 to learn to ride, as well as myself, in terms of handling our new and very young pony on the ground. Katie was recommended to me by a number of people and she started teaching my twochildren in November 2010.
Jane Bramley, Bellingara Welsh Pony Stud
I am very happy to recommend Katie Kelly as a rider and trainer. Katie has ridden several of our Welsh ponies on a regular basis, providing expert training for both newly broken youngsters and older ponies being introduced to their first season in the dressage arena and show ring. Whether it be training at home, displaying ponies for potential buyers,