Kelley LaFond, Owner & Trainer
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Kelley began riding at the age of 11 and has enjoyed a lifetime love of horses spanning over 30 years. She has ridden as both a professional & highly successful amateur competitor on the A-circuit, winning several major equitation medal finals and year-end national awards. She holds a B.A. in English, as well as a CA State Teaching Credential and M.Ed in Education, and has 10 years of classroom teaching experience. With her additional 5 years in private practice providing advocacy and tutoring for students with learning differences coupled with thousands of hours in the saddle, Kelley brings a unique approach to her training of her horses and riders alike.
Kelley's training methods are based on traditional American hunter seat equitation,
with a structured curriculum based on mastering one level before proceeding to the next.
Incorporating the teaching methods of the 20th century masters including George Morris, Anne Kursinski, Bill Steinkraus and Gordon Wright as well as modern influencers like Geoff Teall and Bill Madden, she emphasizes the pursuit of excellence in flatwork, with keen attention paid to her rider's position and technique over fences.
The result is that Vintage Lane riders are well-rounded, traditionally correct and prepared for a lifetime of enjoyment and competitive performance in the saddle regardless of their area of emphasis.
Showing as an amateur from 2001-2009, some accomplishments include:
-2009 PCHA “A” 36+ Equitation Reserve Champion, PCHA Region 2 Adult Equitation Champion, USEF Zone 10 Stirrup Cup Adult Equitation Champion, NorCal 36 & over Equitation Year-End Champion
-2008 Winner NorCal Adult Medal Finals (3’6) Fourth in Hudson & Company Jr/Am Finals, Third in PCHA Victor Hugo Vidal Medal Finals, Top 10 CPHA 3’6 Adult Finals
-2005 NorCal Champion & PCHA Reserve Champion AA Hunters Divisions 18-35
-2004 Top Ten NorCal Adult Medal Finals, Top Ten CPHA Adult Medal Finals (both 3’6)
-2002 Winner Carousel Medal Finals & Adult Equitation Year End Champion
2001-Carousel Horse Shows Year-End Adult Equitation & AA Hunter Champion