About Colleen Kelly

A/Prof. Colleen B. Kelly retired as a world leader in the field of sports biomechanics due to breast cancer – but that hasn’t stopped her!

In her “retirement” Colleen donates her time, as the Honorary Chair of the International Anti-Slavery Commission leading the fight to end human trafficking world-wide.

Colleen started her career in exercise physiology, some 40 years ago, working in major rehabilitation gymnasiums in Australia, originally working with footballers, then weightlifters, runners.

Finally, she combined biomechanics with her family’s long history of horse training and riding which saw her work with pupils to many Olympics and Paralympics (including medals!).

The recipient of many Awards & Honors, Colleen’s world tour saw her speak at Universities such as Queensland University, University of Kentucky, Averett University, Asbury University and Virginia Tech. Colleen was invited to give 17 presentations at the World Equestrian Games Festival in Lexington Kentucky in 2010 where the Lexington Mounted Police, and several of her pupils at Olympic level were her demonstration riders.

Colleen is retired, (see breast cancer blog) but still helps with several homeless charities, and donates her time as a Board Member of the International Anti Slavery Commission.

…and she still hasn’t lost that famous Aussie sense of humour that saw audiences around the world wracked with laughter watching a scientist still able to have so much fun at Olympic level.


  • United States Equestrian Federation  – National Training Conference
  • World Equestrian Games
  • University of Kentucky, Asbury University, Midway University, Virginia Tech, Averett University, Meredith Manor
  • Friesian World Championships
  • Reining World Championships


  • Grand Prix Judge’s Clinic & AGM
  • National PC Meeting, Toronto
  • Clinics & lectures throughout Canada – including Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Metro Toronto Convention Center


  • Key-note & closing presenter: International Championships

Australia & NZ

  • Sydney International CCI***
  • Melbourne International CCI***
  • Equitana, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
  • Auckland ISRB teacher training
  • Wellington ISRB clinic

South Africa

  • Several teaching tours – including official ZANEF event
  • Keynote presenter – SA Lipizzaners – subsidiary of the Spanish Riding School
  • International FEI Veterinary Conference
  • Invitation from the SA Pony Club to tour all regions to teach the ISRB training program (before retirement)


  • Key Note Presenter – Royal Dublin Show
  • Clinics & lectures throughout England & Ireland
  • London Metropolitan Police – mounted escort to the Queen of England’s guards
  • ISRB official teacher training
  • Roadshow – Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool

Police training

Colleen Kelly first started training Police in the 1980’s with a specialty in Police Training helping officers stay on and be safe – I have the following wonderful references from the Police I have taught:

TV & film


We always promote our farm in Lexington KY - and you're welcome to promote your lessons or your farm - so bring any of your brochures!
End of an era – retiring from owning the magnificent “Black Pearl Farm”, Paris Kentucky and returning to Australia.
Name in lights now at the bigger venues!
Award from London's Metropolitan Police...the group that escorts the Queen's guards...and famous for taking off their saddles while jumping at Olympia!
Official “thank you” for teaching the
London Metropolitan Police…the team that escorts the Queen’s of England’s famous guards.
Lots of fun stuff planned for 2012!
World Press Coverage
interviewed after judging hit tv series
“America’s Favourite Trail Horse”
Colleen Kelly Masterclass at the  Lipizzaner Hall in Johannesburg, the following day giving a Teacher Training Day featuring ISRB Instructor Anneke Roodt and  Stallion Maestoso Erdem
Teaching Masterclass
Spanish School of Riding
Subsidiary in Johannesburg,
South Africa
Anneke Roodt & Maestoso Erdem
Colleen Kelly presenting at the IEH Festival (World Equestrian Games Kentucky)
17 live presentations
at the world’s most prestigious event – The World Equestrian Games
Lexington Kentucky inside the world famous Rupp Arena
London's metropolitan police. See them take their saddles off while jumping http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE4YU2QY_Yw

Teaching at the world famous London Metropol – see them on youtube take off their saddles while jumping the horse!
Colleen Kelly at the University of Kentucky - if you're helping at a lecture you get to learn so much - FOR FREE!
University of Kentucky Lecture Series over many years
Colleen Kelly teaching at the National Police Colloquium Kentucky Horse Park
Teaching Police –
Kentucky Horse Park

Equine Extravaganza
Amazing time at the Aintree Racecourse UK!  Goodness knows what I'm up to in this photo - but we sure had fun, and the crowds were HUGE! Standing room only!
World famous Aintree, Liverpool, UK.
Great crowds in CA!
Huge crowds in California
Success! I made it back from the first surgery! Linda Land Quadrille 2013 Summit. The end of a difficult year with breast cancer...my final ride before the 2nd major surgery. Colleen and Saint on the outside...loving it!
Colleen’s first love – quadrille.(Colleen and Saint on the outside) after returning from breast cancer surgery.
Presentation in Wellington Florida brings large crowds again
One of the world’s most glamorous venues – Wellington Florida
Colleen Kelly and "Saint" - come along - volunteer - and have the time of your life!
Celebrities watching the famous “pink ears demo” only two months before discovering breast cancer.
Launching the very first CKRider Saddle
Launching her own saddlery line
the very first
CKRider Saddle
Colleen's programs have been United States Dressage Federation approved in the past - ask how you can get your event officially approved as "sign off hours"
United States Dressage Federation presentations
Colleen Kelly back speaking again at the University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky
Teaching at the National Police Colloquium Kentucky Horse Park
Teaching National Police Colloquium Kentucky Horse Park

“The audience [included those] excelling in high performance…engaging speaker…thoroughly enjoyed… “  United States Equestrian Federation

“She is very knowledgeable in Dressage and other equestrian disciplines. She is also very entertaining and keeps the audience’s attention at all times.”  University of Kentucky

“Colleen has a wealth of knowledge…the thing that makes Colleen unique is the way she presents her material. Colleen is humorous … quite refreshing.  She also makes complicated concepts incredibly simple …Averett University