Kelly is one of my dearest friends and one my biggest heroes.
I met Kelly when I got my first horse at 21. I was a romantic and, believing myself to be more capable than I was, I bought myself my dream horse. A chestnut filly with four white socks. Anyone in the equestrian world will know that superstition has this down as a difficult combination but paired with inexperience it was never going to be a match made in heaven. I struggled with Emma for a couple of years before I admitted defeat and found a wonderful, loving and experienced new home for her but in that time, I met an incredible horsewoman. Kelly. She helped me do the best I could for and with Emma and she was a monumental support when I made the difficult decision to rehome her, but more than that she has been an incredible friend.
Kelly has been through huge battles in her life, not least having to deal with type 1 diabetes that left her with a severely damaged pancreas and kidneys. Before I met her, she had had both a pancreas and a kidney transplant and was dealing with the after effects and complications that goes with this kind of surgery. In fact, she still deals with these complications now, but despite all the difficulty and pain she has dealt with she is the most positive person I know. No matter what life throws at her she just gets up and carries on. She knows exactly how to look after herself and is never afraid to fight for her dreams and passions. Kelly is the toughest cookie I know, and I am forever grateful to have her in my life.
As well as her incredible positive energy and zest for life, Kelly is an inspirational horsewoman. She knows horses inside out and uses methods that involve trust, time and respect, giving each and every horse all the time they need to work things out and feel comfortable about what they are being asked. Just last year she found herself in the ownership of a little wild pony she called Lakota and I have had the pleasure of taking their pictures as they grow together. Here you can find a small selection but as I take more of them during their journey together I will keep this page and the blog updated.
To find out more about Kelly and Lakota you can follow them over on Kelly's Blog Training the Wild Pony.
I would also like to take this opportunity to ask you to consider registering as an organ donor. Without the wonderful people that gave up their pancreas and kidney for Kelly she wouldn't be here having such an amazing impact on the people and horses that are lucky enough to be in her life. You can find out more about Organ Donation here - https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/