Our June Young Rider is Tyler Kelly, who hails from Scone in New South Wales. At the tender age of fifteen, he’s well rounded in a number of equestrian disciplines.
“I’ve been riding since the age of four,” explains Tyler. “My main disciplines are show riding and eventing but I also enjoy campdrafting.”
Tyler competes on two horses, Chippenham Zulu is an 11 year old, 14.3 hand high Riding Pony x Thoroughbred whom he’s owned for two years and competes in showing. “My other horse is Koko Envy, a 16.2 hands high 10-year-old Thoroughbred who stands at 16.2 hands high,” he says. “I’ve owned him for five months and we compete in eventing.”
Despite his young age, Tyler has already had some phenomenal success. “My top achievements have mostly been in the show ring,” says Tyler. “My most memorable win was being awarded Grand Champion Rider at the 2017 Grand Nationals after winning the Champion Rider 12-15 years.”
Tyler was also presented with the prestigious ENSW Award for Young Athlete of the Year for show riding in 2015, and his other Grand National successes include Champion Child’s Galloway on Chippenham Zulu this year. He also won the Show Hunter Hack and runner up Child’s Small Pony in 2017 as well as twice being awarded Runner Up Rider. In 2015 Tyler was also the Runner Up Rider under 12 years at the Equestrian Australia Nationals and he’s been awarded multiple Champion Rider titles at the Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide royal shows.
Despite all his wins, Tyler understands that success doesn’t come easily and he puts a lot of time and work into his craft. “I get up at 5:30am every morning to ride before school and once I’m home I work late into the evening,” he says. “To do well you must work hard and I’m constantly pushing myself to do better, whether that’s focusing on my riding position or how I approach each ride on different horses. My grandfather was an Olympic gold medallist in Yachting and I’d love to follow in his footsteps and represent my country.”
In the meantime, he says: “I’ll work had to have the little victories like improving my scores and progressing my riding skills.”
While Tyler has had the taste of success, he knows that for him to achieve his dreams, his supporters are essential. “I’d like to give a big shout out to my mum,” he says. “She’s driven me across the country side just about every weekend, so I can compete, and she helps me with everything. I’d also like to say thank you to my coach, Nikki Richardson, who has helped me to get up and running with my eventing career. Thanks also to my current sponsors, including TT browbands, Kim Barnes from Custom Rugs and Lyn Stalling from Equissentials.”
HorseVibes wishes Tyler a wonderful season and we look forward to seeing him reach his goals.