KER sponsors a select group of exceptional competitors. These individuals use KER-formulated feeds or supplements to fuel their international successes.
Three-day event rider Lisa Barry has trained and competed multiple horses at international competitions, including Vinnie Barbarino, L’Cedric, Just a L’il Bit, Kenzo de la Roque, and FIS Prince Charming. As a Young Rider, she represented Area VIII at the North American Young Riders Championships in 2002 and earned a team silver medal at the 2005 NAYRC with Area II, riding L’Cedric. In 2007, she and Just a L'il Bit won the Morven Park CCI*, and the pair also won the USEA year-end award at Preliminary. Her ultimate goal is to one day represent the United States in international competition.
Georgia Bruce has represented Australia in international competition on eight occasions, with her greatest achievement to date having won two Bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. On a daily basis Georgia works with exotic animals at the Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve where she uses her extensive skill and experience with clicker training to train cheetahs, lemurs and a rhino. Georgia employs clicker training to her everyday training with her horses and has brought along ‘Rhumba the wonder horse' as he is known, from an unbroken youngster to training Grand Prix movements at liberty.
Georgia has been sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research since 2008.
Chris is one of Australia's elite show jumping riders. He has been the Australian Champion three times, and also twice represented Australia at the World Cup final. He has won 30 World Cup qualifiers aboard 11 different horses.
Lisa Coulter was ranked as the No. 1 reining rider in the world by the FEI in 2010. She has a keen interest in developing the sport of reining within Canada and is avidly involved as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Reining Committee, chair of the High Performance Committee and is also an athlete representative. Together Lisa and Bob Thompson own a ranch in Pilot Point, Texas. This ranch is where Lisa bases her training as she travels back and forth between British Columbia and Texas doing business and competing.
John Crandell III has been engaged in the sport of endurance since 1976. In 2006 John trained Heraldic to earn the first triple crown in the history of American endurance riding by winning the Old Dominion 100, the Tevis Cup, and the AERC National Championships. He also won the best conditioned horse award at each event. With continued success in 2007, John was named Chronicle of the Horse Overall Horseman of the Year. John has been a professional farrier since 1983, giving him opportunities to serve as a shoeing and training consultant. Finally, he has participated as a rider or a staff member for the United Arab Emirates and United States endurance teams for most world championships, as well as many other major international events since 1986.
Bruce Davidson, Sr., is a top international competitor in three-day eventing. He has represented the United States at two Pan American Games, bringing home team and individual medals, and was twice named World Champion of Eventing. He competed for the United States team in numerous Olympic Games, helping to earn gold team medals in 1976 and 1984 and silver team medals in 1972 and 1996. He was named USEA leading rider every year from 1980 to 1995, and was inducted into the USEA Eventing Hall of Fame in 2009. Bruce is active in breeding, training, and riding world-class sport horses.
Three-day event competitor Bruce “Buck” Davidson, Jr., has been riding since an early age. He has been a member of the U.S. team competing at the Pan American Games and World Equestrian Games, and was short-listed as a team member for two Olympic Games competitions. Buck was named as one of the top five riders in the U.S. for four years and ranked sixth in the world for one of those years. He won the Pinnacle Trophy at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event twice, and was also named Young Rider of the Year two times. With Thoroughbreds, Irish Sport Horses, Oldenburgs, and a Selle Francais in his training stable, Buck often rides a number of horses in different divisions of the same event.
Megan Jones is one of Australia's top event riders. She was a silver medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, as well as a member of the bronze-medal Australian Event Team at the 2006 World Equestrian Games.
Jones owns Australia's Kirby Park Stud. Her top horses include Kirby Park Irish Jester and Kirby Park Allofasudden.
In 2009 she was named Equestrian Federation of Australia-South Australia Eventing Rider of the Year, while Kirby Park Irish Jester was Equestrian Federation of Australia-South Australia Eventing Horse of the Year and leader of the FEI World Rankings.
Megan Jones feeds KER-formulated Barastoc feeds from Ridley AgriProducts and nutritional supplements from KER.
Mary Jordan is a life-long equestrian, competing in dressage, para-equestrian dressage (Grade 4), and eventing. Aboard the stallion “Bohmer's As” Mary earned one of the highest scores for any U.S. rider at the 4* level in the 2009 European Para-Equestrian Dressage Championship in Norway, cracking into the Top 10 in the musical freestyle. Jordan has won many dressage and eventing regional and national championships and reserve titles on horses she has raised herself and has earned her scores for a USDF bronze medal. Mary rode her homebred mare, Paxton Abbey, in para-dressage at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
As the third person in her family with multiple sclerosis (MS), Mary is a passionate advocate for MS awareness. Sharing her story of managing her MS to compete in the sport she loves is an inspiration to many, gaining media interest throughout the United States and abroad. Today, Mary and her husband live with their son in Wells, Maine.
Kelsey Kimbler has competed in endurance events for several years. Kelsey lives on the family farm outside Aberdeen, South Dakota, with her parents and her three sisters. The family owns eight horses, five of which are FEI-level endurance competitors. Kelsey competed at the Young Rider World Championships in Abu Dhabi in 2011, where she was the only Young Riders to own the horse on which she competed. She also qualified as a team alternate for the World Endurance Championships to be held in London following the 2012 Olympic Games.
Liz Millikin, a resident of Millwood, Virginia, has more than 25 years of experience in working with horses. After learning the basics of stable management and horsemanship as a member of the Rockingham Pony Club, she began to compete in combined training. She was short-listed by the United States Equestrian Team for the 1995 Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina and long-listed for the 1995 Open European Championships in Pratoni, Italy. In 1996 she was selected for the Olympic Games long list. In 1999, Liz placed in the top 20 finishers at the Rolex Kentucky Four Star Three-Day Event and was ranked as one of the top 100 event riders in the world.
Liz has trained several horses that have moved on to outstanding performance careers with leading riders. These include Woodburn, ridden at the World Equestrian Games by Phillip Dutton, and Quintus 54, Karen O’Connor’s mount for the Rolex Kentucky event. While still competing in eventing, Liz currently concentrates on training young Warmblood and Thoroughbred horses, preparing them for careers as top eventing mounts. She also teaches a number of adult amateur riders.
Karen O'Connor has been named the U.S. Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year 10 times. She was also ranked the No. 1 lady rider in the world in 1993. Karen has won two Olympic medals (1996 and 2000) as a member of the United States Eventing Team, as well as Individual Silver and Gold medals at the Pan Am Games (the latter aboard pony Theodore O'Connor). She also represented the United States in the 2008 Olympic Games.
Mary O'Connor has spent over 30 years in equestrian sports in a wide variety of capacities including owner, rider, trainer, professional groom, management team member, and licensed official, including a USEF Hunter/Jumper judge since 1992.
O'Connor and husband Neil established Cedar Crest Farm, in her hometown of Southampton, NY, earning success at horse shows in the ‘90‘s with all levels of students on Long Island, throughout the northeast, and on the Florida winter circuits. In recent years, riding and training under Joe Fargis, and with sponsorship by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), she has continued to develop young horses in the jumper divisions.
Neil O'Connor officiates regularly at top competitions including the World Cup Finals, Winter Equestrian Festival, North American Young Riders Championships, and Toronto's Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
The O'Connors, now operating as Inner Bay LLC, have recently met with great success in the sport horse breeding arena with their first homebred, As di Ani Z (2008 filly, As di Villagana, HAN /Camille, TB). As a yearling in 2009, Ani brought home top prizes in the Hunter Breeding division at Upperville and Warrenton, and again at Upperville in 2010.
Shelly Temple is a dedicated user of Kentucky Equine Research products for her FEI combined driving Morgan gelding, LR Ami B-Line, ("Cooper"), and other horses in her training barn. The 2007 season saw Cooper named as the USEF Horse of the Year, Combined Driving Single Pony. In 2010, their accomplishments include wins at the Iron Horse Combined Driving Event and Live Oak International. They were also members of the bronze-medal bronze medal team at the U.S. World Pony Driving Championships. Temple teaches carriage driving and trains horses at Catalyst Driving Center in Windsor, South Carolina.
Australia's most successful international endurance rider, Meg Wade was a member of the medal winning Australian Team at the FEI World Championships in 1994, 1998 and 2002 as well as finishing fourth as an individual in 2002. Other achievements include winning the prestigious Tom Quilty endurance ride on five occasions and being named Australian Rider of the Year multiple times throughout her career.
Meg and partner Chris Gates run Castlebar Endurance Arabians near Mulwa in Victoria where they have some 300 horses of which approximately 50 will be in training at any one time. Meg and Chris take great pride in breeding and producing internationally competitive endurance horses which are sought after across the globe.
"Feeding is a major part of the management so this is where we use KER's expertise."
Chester Weber has been named the U.S. Equestrian Federation Four-in-Hand Driving Champion for eight years in a row. Weber was also named a 2008 USEF Equestrian of Honor and his horse, Jamaica, took home top honors as the 2008 Farnam Platform/USEF Horse of the Year. International honors include an Individual Silver Medal in the Four-in-Hand World Driving Championships in Beesd, The Netherlands, a team Silver and individual fifth at the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games, and two wins at the German Fahrderby held at CAI-A Riesenbeck.
At 18 years old, Chester was the youngest driver to be named to the United States Equestrian Team (USET) and to qualify for the World Pairs Driving Championship. By 1999, Chester had won 12 consecutive Advanced combined driving events and then transitioned to Four-in-Hand driving, where he has made a name for himself internationally.
In addition to his rigorous competition schedule, Weber actively promotes the sport of combined driving. He serves in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) at the highest levels of the sport. He is currently on the Board of Directors, the High Performance Driving Committee, the National Driving Committee, the Safety Committee and he is also Chairman of the Active Athletes Committee and the Dressage Search Committee.