Laura Kelland-May - Thistle Ridge Stables
Laura is owner of Thistle Ridge Stables and developer of the Thistle Ridge Skill Builders © Show Clinics. Laura developed the Equestrian Skill Builders series to enlighten competitors of horse showing rules and requirements. In addition to learning "what the judge is looking for', the Skill Builders format offered direct comments back from the judge.
Whether you are starting out with a new horse or a seasoned competitor you will find something of value. My years of experience, in the trenches judging local shows, watching my share of new riders making the same errors over and over again, and judging at large national level shows, I think I have learned every level of horse and rider can expect to gain some valuable insight from reading books, practice and attending clinics and horse shows.
In addition to providing hands on showing experience to local horse enthusiasts, Laura's online presence has been recognized as her Thistle Ridge Skill Builders © Facebook page is a Top Ten Finalist in the Equestrian Social Media Awards. http://www.thistleridgestables.com
"A clinic with ribbons", is what Laura calls the Skill Builder© Series. Here competitors rider their courses and receive comments back from the judge as to why they placed. Over the years competitors, coaches, trainers and parents have benefited by knowing and learning what the judge is looking for.
To back up the Show Clinic Laura has 20 years of Senior Judges experience having obtained her Senior Status and continues to judge at local shows as well as National Competitions.
Have you always been a horse trainer and horse judge?
I think that horses are in the blood and my mom was a horse person. My sister is also very involved with horses and organizing horse shows. I wasn't always full time horse person. I have a degree in Engineering and was a professional engineer, designing roads, sewers and drainage systems.