Although Kelly has showjumped to pony Grand Prix level and competed with many successes, it is her work with wild horses that have shaped her into the horsewoman she is today; not only giving her valuable insight into equine body language and enhancing her horsemanship, but also developing her love of liberty and bridleless riding.
Since her journey with wild horses begun nine years ago, she has competed and placed in wild horse competitions on three continents. Placing 6th overall in the 2015 Mustang Makeover, 5th overall in the 2016 Brumby Challenge, and winning the 2020 Freedom to Friendship Freestyle.
In total, Kelly has tamed over 50 Kaimanawas, Mustangs and Brumbies for both herself and students in her Wild Kaimanawa Workshops. Kelly says that while the horses she tames have become some of her greatest teachers "so much of what I have learnt comes from my observations photographing them in the wild".