Kelli DiGioia Training Stables is owned and operated by Kelli DiGioia. We are now located at the beautiful and private Facility in North San Diego County, Rancho Santa Fe, CA. This beautiful facility offers the perfect park-like setting which serves as host for the perfect atmosphere for the serious competitor or pleasure rider.
Head Trainer/Owner Kelli Di Gioia
I have been riding horses for over 35 years and have been a professional in the horse industry for over 22 years. I started riding horses at the age of 6 and was lucky enough to have started my riding career at the legendary Foxfield where I trained under Nancy Turrill and JoAnn Postel. My experiences at Foxfield were what shaped me as a rider as well as a horseman. Being a part of the famous Foxfield Drill Team was an incredible experience as well that taught me that all things were possible if you had the patience and know how. I learned how to truly communicate with my horse on a whole new level since we performed as a team of 12 horses that were without bridles or saddles while navigating a course of jumps in unison. Starting out riding the infamous donkey and then moving on be a flag carrier and then on the 12 horse team as a solo performer. Traveling as far as New York to perform at the Belmont Stakes and competing in the Maclay Finals in New Jersey, and locally at one of my most memorable performance at the World Cup Finals at Del Mar.
I quickly became passionate about horses as well as competing when I won the San Fernando Valley 17 and under Medal Final and was Reserve Champion in the SFVHSA 12 and under Medal Final at the age of 12. I soon became as passionate about showing as I was about the horses themselves and pursued a more serious show career and was fortunate enough to have trained with the Nick, Kost and Jenny Karazissis at Far West Farms where I continued my focus in the Equitation divisions and went on to win the Rosewood Medal Finals and was Reserve Champion in the PCHA Medal Finals the same year as well as earning many championships in the equitation division throughout the year as well as year end awards. I continued to consistently place top ten in all other Medal Finals both at the local and National level as well as several times earning the title of LAHSA and PCHA year end Champion and/or Reserve Champion to my name as well as many other top equitation titles.
One of my highlights as a junior rider was competing in what was then the United States Equestrian Team Talent Search (USET) and making the work-off and finishing in 3rd. That same year I was reserve champion in the WCE finals and made the trip East to compete in the AHSA and Maclay finals under the training of Karen Healey whom also allowed me the opportunity to ride and show the famous junior hunter "Magic Word". Although my true love will always be in the Equitation divisions, I have had the awesome experience of being able to have ridden and show in all divisions and be successful because of the foundation I have gained from experience and training with some of the best trainers in the industry. I was able to finish my junior career training and riding with Richard Spooner who gave me the opportunity to see a different side of riding and begun to teach me the art of training horses which is so much different from showing horses. All of the trainers and people that I have learned from are numerous and I feel very fortunate to have been able to have learned from some of the best trainers in the industry.
I love working with horses and riders and strive to pass along the education I received to all my riders both on and off the horse. I believe that great horsemanship is just as important as great riding and a total understanding and knowledge of horses will lead to blue ribbons. I love to teach an train at all levels and work hard to discover an individualized and custom program to best suit each and every horse and riders needs. I strive to maintain a top notch training program with a relaxed environment that can accomodate riders at all levels.
Top Ten Onondarka Medal Final 1989
*Champion SFVHSA Medal Final 17 and under 1990
Res. Champion SFVHSA Medal Final 12 and under 1990
*Champion Rosewood Medal Final 1992
*Champion Year End PHA West Equitation 1992
*Champion Year End LAHSA "A" Open Equitation 1992
Res. Champion PCHA Medal Final 1993
*Champion Year EndPHA West Equitation 1993
*Champion Year End PCHA Region I Open Equitation 1993
Top Ten CPHA, WCE, LAHSA and USET Medal Finals 1992, 1993 and 1994
*Third place USET Show jumping Talent Search Final 1994
*Res. Champion WCE Medal Final 1994
*Champion Year End PCHA Region I Open Equitation 15-17 1994
*Res. Champion Year End PCHA "A" Open Equitation 15-17 1994
Competed at Indoors for AHSA and ASPCA Maclay Finals 1994
Top Ten WCE Finals 1995
Fifth Place USET Show Jumping Talent Search Finals 1995
Many Championships in Equitation and Hunter Divisions throughout as well as top ten placings in all major West Coast Medal Finals
All current achievments are listed on results page or can be viewed by logging on to www.horseshowtime.com