CLAIR KELLNER: OWNER/TRAINER
Clair has been riding and showing since she was five and has ridden with many special trainers along the way. As a pony rider, she rode with Trudy and Larry Glefke, Bibby Farmer Hill and Christina Schlushmeyer.
By 1996-97, she was a working student with Don Stewart. Her accomplishments during this period include:
- AHSA Medal finalist, placing 5th in 1996.
- Capital Challenge Large Junior Champion.
- Numerous other Champion and Reserve wins in both Small and Large Juniors events.
- Washington International Horse Show 2nd Place Hunter Phase, 1997.
- Capital Challenge Reserve Champion, Small Junior Hunter.
- 1997 Reserve World Champion Hunter Rider.
- Sixth Place, Maclay Regionals.
- First Place, Maclay at Devon, Pennsylvania.
- Second Place, AHSA at Devon, Pennsylvania.
- First Place, Cincinnati Equitation Classic.
- Cincinnati, Champion, Large and Small Junior Hunter
Since Kingsmeade Farm’s grand opening June 1, 2002, Clair has continued with her success:
- Biltmore Classic Champion Second Year Green Hunter 2002
- Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) Champion 3 & 4 year old Hunter 2003
- Biltmore Classic Champion Second Year Green Hunter 2003
- HITS Ocala, Champion 3′ Pregreen Hunter 2004
- HITS Ocala, Champion 3’3″ Pregreen Hunter 2004
- WEF, Champion 3 & 4 year old, won all over fences 2004
- $25,000 Hunter Classic Atlanta, Ga fifth place 2004
- HITS Ocala, First Place, First Year green Hunter 2005
- Second Mini Prix 2005
- Atlanta Ga., Trainer’s Equitation third place 2005
- Zone 4 Finals, Champion First Year Green, Champion and Reserve Pregreen 2005
- HITS Ocala, Circuit Champion Second Year Green 2006
- WEF, Reserve Champion Second Year Green Hunter 2006
- Atlanta Summer Classic, $25,000 Second Place 2006
- Atlanta Summer Classic Champion First Year Green Conformation Hunter, both weeks 2007
- Atlanta Summer Classic, First place Trainer Equitation Classic 2007
- USEF Hunter/hunter seat equitation “R” judge April 2017
- USHJA Trainer Certification completed 2017
- USHJA National Derby, Many Firsts 2016-2019
- VET $5000 Hunterfield Challenge First place 2018
- Zone 4 Champion 3′ Green Hunter 2018
- HITS Ocala, Champion 3’6″ Performance Hunter and Young Hunter 2019
Clair has trained both horses and students who have also been very successful nationally in the hunters, jumpers, equitation and ponies. With riders successfully competing in Junior Hunter Finals, Maclay and Medal Finals and Pony Finals
Clair’s mom Charlie is part of the Management Team. Sometimes referred to as the “bean counter”, Clair’s words.
Charlotte Ray has been with Kingsmeade as Clair’s assistant for several years. She is a wonderful person who is very upbeat and positive and family to all of us here at Kingsmeade!
Charlotte began her riding career in Newport, Rhode Island as a child. Her family then moved to Florida where she bought her lifetime equestrian partner, Westminster Abbey. These two competed together successfully in the Children’s Hunters, Small Junior Hunters, and later in the Adult Amateur Hunters. Abbey is now living the lush life of retirement at the age 28.
Charlotte began her professional career 10 years ago working for Over the Hill Farm, Water’s Edge Farm, and later at Oakmore Equestrian, all located in the Greater Orlando Area. Charlotte has been a big part in training many champions throughout the years; including 2014 and 2016 Zone 4 Large Children’s Hunter Pony Champions, as well as countless year end champions of local and regional Florida show circuits. Additionally, Charlotte served as the treasurer for the volunteer Board of the Greater Orlando Area Hunter Jumper Association for eight years.
Charlotte’s love for horses and outgoing personality make her a fantastic addition to our training staff.