Meet the Instructor – Kelsey Dunlap, Indian Trail, NC


Meet Kelsey Dunlap! She is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist and a USDF Certified Instructor through Second Level.

How I got started in Dressage: I started out as a Pony Clubber in Iowa and Evented through Preliminary before catching the Dressage bug. I was lucky enough to land at a Grand Prix trainer’s barn in North Carolina as a teen. I had never seen FEI Dressage before then, let alone sat on anything with more than a leg yield.

I wanted to become certified because: I believe it is important for Dressage professionals to meet a standard and become certified.

What I learned from the program: I learned to become more structured and clearer during my lessons and rides and would recommend prospective instructors study the training scale front and back! 

My horse: I currently have a young horse I bought as a three-year-old that I took to the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions (five-year-old division) and to the U.S. Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® (1st Level) this year – I’m excited to continue developing him.


Phone: (704) 999-9661

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