Kelli Ann Kinney Was Born
to Ride -- Just Ask Her Mom!
Kelli's Mom will be the first
to tell you...It was clear right from the outset that Kelli Ann Kinney was
destined to be Super Star rider. Since 1972, the Kinney family had owned
and operated Jest-A-Bit Farm, a standardbred racing stable. As a little
girl, her Mom knew just where to find Kelli. Down at the motorized walker.
Any chance Kelli could get, she would climb on the backs of the horses
that were tied up the contraption to cool down after one of her Father's
As she started to ride on her own,
it wasn't long before Kelli was galloping down
the road to competition success. As a young girl, she was a member of the
Middlesex County 4-H and the Groton United States Pony Club. With those
organizations she competed successfully in Dressage, Combined Training and
With that much talent, it was important right
from the beginning that Kelli sought out top notch training. From 1980-1985
Kelli had the honor of competing and riding as a senior student with Carol
Lavell, one of the 1992 Summer Olympics bronze medal dressage team winners in
Since 1985 Kelli has also trained as a senior
student with Michael Poulin. Michael, who is not only one of the founding
fathers of dressage sport in America, he is also a bronze medal winner in team
dressage at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, together with Robert Dover,
Carol Lavell, and Charlotte Bredahl.
Grand Prix Success
Kelli's has received the first Horse of the Year
Award in Dressage riding Special Bid a horse Kelli owned and trained through
Special Bid - owned and trained by Kelli. Shown
successfully first level thru Grand Prix earning awards at every level from the
AHSA, USDF and Neda with scores as high as 82% at the New England Sweepstakes
and AHSA National Championships. Special Bid was on the USET List in the Top
fifteen at the FEI Levels.
Christmas Spirit owned, broke and trained by
Kelli shown thru Int 1, appeared at the Equine Affaire Pfizer Fantasia, earning
numerous awards with percentage scores thru the Mid seventies.
Kelli now brings along the following horses her
own that she has raised and trained: Jest-A-Jesture, Majestic Art, Jestic Art,
Jest-A-Surprize, which will be showing at the USEF levels and Prix St.
Kelli rode the following horses for Chick-A-Tee
farm to numerous titles in order to further Austin Mason’s Danish Breeding
program: Chick-A-Tee Alf, Chick-A-Tee Mighty Moxie, Chick-A-Tee Alf,
Other mounts that Kelli competed for clients to
earn USEF, USDF and NEDA awards and championships included: Pelenor (through
Prix St George) No Rivaal (through Prix St George), Highland( thru Int 1),
Stofa ( thru Prix St George) Vienna (thru fourth level), Don Grano (through
second level ) and several other Lower level horses.
Kelli felt that while she had a broad range of
horse training knowledge and experience on the "English" side of the saddle,
she wanted to know more. So she trained with Kenny Harlow’s natural
horsemanship program “Training with Trust “ to incorporate roundpenning and
problem solving (trailer issues included) as well as a new safer way to break
young horses to prepare them for their owners.
In 2001, her exposure to Western style training
led her give "cowboy competition" a try. She entered into the new FEI sport of
reining where she now also competes nationally and
teaches. Kelli has competed throughout the east coast including the All
American Quarter Horse Congress being in the top 13 riders
Make Your Horse
Dreams Come True...
But Kelli is not just a successful rider in
her own right. She is a compassionate trainer of horse and rider. For Kelli, no
horse is ever turned away. With her lifetime professional knowledge of training
horses combined with her having apprenticed with top Natural Horse trainers,
she has the tools and ability to help even the most difficult horse to become a
Since 1986 Kelli and Jest-A-Bit Farm has been
proud of its ability to consistently match people and horses of all ages and
disciplines and proudly offers horses for sale at all times.
She also encourages anyone who would like to
ride. Age and lack of previous experience is no boundary to learning to ride
So, if you are a serious competitor looking to
enter and succeed at International level competition, a young kid who has read
Black Beauty until the book is falling apart...or heck...an empty nester who
wants to finally have a chance to learn to ride, Kelli can help you to achieve