Kelli started her riding career in 1971. She was a California native and rode Saddle Seat equitation winning many major championships before beginning her career as a hunter/jumper rider.
Between 1971 and 1979 Kelli piloted many national level open and junior hunters to year end awards, competeing throughout the country. Kelli was also a successful equitation rider and won many coveted equitation awards and finals. 1979 Kelli won the 4' Barbara Worth finals, the LAHSA medal finals, and traveled back east to compete at Madison Square Garden where she was in the top 10 in the USEF Pessoa Medal Finals and the Maclay Finals.
Kelli worked throughout her junior career with such prestigious names as Victor Hugo Vidal, George Morris, Mary Gatti and Ronnie Freeman.
In 1980, Kelli turned professional and was the top rider and trainer for Mary Gatti and Rainbow Canyon Ranch for the next 8 years, producing top riders and horses and being named top trainer at such prestigious shows as Flintridge Children's Show and Del Mar National.
In 2004 Kelli started her own "Countrywood Farm" in Chino Hills, CA and operated that program for the next 8 years developing many successful junior and amateur riders and winning many year end championship honors.
In 2012, Kelli joined her longtime friend Cindy Cruciotti and became an invaluable asset to the progression and success of Serenity Farm.
Kelli s a lifetime horsewoman who has dedicated her entire life to the horse world. Her knowledge in all areas of horse care, equine first aid, nutrition and developing young horses is second to none.
Kelli is the barn manager for Serenity Farm as well as Associate trainer.