Kelly Keenan

Discipline: Reining

With several years experience from entry level to the upper levels of the booming reining horse industry in America, USA trainer Kelly Keenan has always had a love for connecting horse and rider and guiding them toward high levels of control and refinement.

Throughout her first year in New Zealand, Kelly has delivered 26 clinics to horsemen of all ages and disciplines, who crave to know more about reining or simply learn about the foundations of a truly balanced, willingly guided horse.

With over $15,000 in NRHA earnings from limited showing, Kelly’s career focus and calling has mostly been on training horses for their amateur riders and seeing to their success in USA reining events.

With several NRHA Non Pro Futurity finalists and many Pre-Futurity championships, as well as her own Derby (4-7 year old horses) and Futurity (3 year old horses) and Regional competition titles, the methods and training techniques she has learned from masters of the craft and adapted to her program, has resulted in consistent success for her clients.

Since moving to New Zealand, she has joined the New Zealand Reining Horse Association and remains passionate about the breeding, training and showing of reining horses and the growth of the up and coming western performance industry in New Zealand. She is happy to represent her sport and enthusiastic about helping people understand this exciting western sport that is starting to collect quite a following in New Zealand. 

Key learnings to take away from Kelly's sessions:

Kelly and the Reining Association plan to do a very fun and interactive exhibition of the reining principles and fundamentals which make reining horses so easy and pleasurable to ride, as well as certain similarities between Reining and Dressage, which can increase understanding and appreciation of the finer points of reining to those with English backgrounds. 

The session will include audience Q and A.

Ellie Harrison with horse

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