Kelly Pugh was born in Palo Alto, CA and, as Dayna’s daughter, grew up at the barn riding all kinds of ponies and horses. Her love for riding is unquestionable as she shows that through her determination and tenacity to become the best. She has had much success over the years competing many horses up to the Advanced level including Copycat Chloe, a Trakehner mare Kelly started herself at age five and produced to be a competitive three-star horse.
In 2010, Kelly and Copycat Chloe prestigiously won the gold medal at the North American Young Rider Championships at the two-star level. She used that momentum to build a great career with Chloe, moving up to Advanced and winning the Markham Trophy at Fair Hill in 2011, which is the award for the top placed Young Rider.
From late 2010 to May of 2012, Kelly spent time on the East Coast as a working student for Allison Springer. She learned a new meaning for the phrase work ethic. Allison was very demanding, but Kelly absolutely excelled in that program and quickly became the leading student who got to ride many of the horses. Recognized for her riding, Kelly was able to compete some of Allison’s better horses as well as her own. Additionally, the horse management skills Kelly brought back to California are impeccable.
Kelly has demonstrated passion and desire to work hard in this sport but her strength is her natural ability to ride all types of horses making her a huge acquisition for Flying Tail Farms. Coincidentally, Kelly made the business decision to sell Chloe and Allison jumped at the chance to buy such a talented and well-produced horse.
Kelly is excited to have the ride on Corazon, a talented 2007 KWPN Geldig owned by David and Candace Garrett. Corazon was imported from England in 2015 and was produced to the two-star level by New Zealand rider Lucy Jackson. Together Kelly and Corazon won three of the five events they completed in 2015, two of which were FEI events. Kelly is very excited about his future and is grateful to David and Candace for their support and generosity.
PC: Jenny Barsdley