Kelley is an advanced level eventer whose passion for horses began at young age while taking riding lessons at summer camp. Pat, having loved horses from the time she was a child, saw an opportunity to fulfill her childhood dreams and decided that mother-daughter riding lessons might be fun. And the rest, as they say, is history.
After graduating from St. Mary’s College with a degree in Mathematics, Kelley began working for Dr. Will Engel of Ridgeview Veterinary Practice (large animal veterinarian). Working at the practice has helped fine-tune her horsemanship skills over the years. In addition, Kelley continued with her riding and competing, and soon found a love of retraining young horses off the track and teaching students. That, coupled with her passion for eventing, led to her current career as trainer for A Bit Better Farm.
Known for her absolute dedication to her horses, her students, and her wonderfully supportive family, Kelley has developed A Bit Better Farm from a small family barn to a leading event facility. She has sourced numerous off-the-track Thoroughbreds that have gone on to compete at the upper levels, including her own Brazen Bomber who competed through Advanced and earned the Reserve Championship at the Jersey Fresh International CCI3*.
Possessing an enviable amount of patience, she is a naturally gifted trainer and instructor who always seems to know what her pupils need, whether they be human or equine. Kelley draws great gratification in her teaching and coaching, and firmly believes that she learns as much from her students as they learn from her. Her loyal group of students include everyone from aspiring competitors looking to complete their first starter horse trials to dedicated eventers aiming for their first one-star to adult amateurs simply wanting to build a better relationship with their horse.