Judge – Kim Mcclelland

Kim McClelland

Kim McClelland has been living and breathing horses since she was 4 years old. Throughout her childhood, in Texas, she rode Quarter Horses, Paints, and even Mules in western games, pleasure shows, rodeo parades and trail rides. Her riding skills were honed while helping on her grandfather’s cattle ranch.

After moving to the Northwest, Kim continued to expand her equine education by studying English riding. Her focus for several years was in Dressage theory and how to integrate this knowledge into her western roots. In 1996, she began to share her experience through teaching both Western and English riding applying natural horsemanship and balanced riding theories. Kim shares her experience through articles and other writing projects as well as judging local shows and teaching clinics. She trains horses with concern and respect for the horse first using her understanding of horse behavior.

Constantly striving for better horsemanship herself, she has completed studies in Equine Training and Safety and studied Natural Horsemanship as a student of Greg Eliel over a ten year span. Kim has also been a certified Centered Riding Level II instructor and incorporates the theories into her teaching. She continues her studies with upper level Centered Riding coaches and practices the “Rider’s Seat” concepts taught by Tom Nagel. Her western roots are never far from her heart and she practices those skills through participation in clinics and enjoying the sport of Mountain Trail. Using this experience, Kim teaches and trains with the ability to answer the “why” questions, bridge the similarities of different riding disciplines and build confidence in both horse and rider.

Kim owns an Arabian, a Fell Pony/Haflinger cross and a Miniature horse and lives north of Seattle, WA with her family. She is the owner of Five Star Horsemanship based in Snohomish, WA. 5starhorsemanship.com