With our ever-growing Academy Program in full swing, we felt it was time to introduce an important new person to our team to manage and instruct our very important young and beginner riders and give them the singular attention they need to thrive. Enter Shelly Ingram!
Shelly grew up in the horse business in northern California, where her father operated a boarding and training stable and re-trained horses with severe problems. He also trained trick horses and he had several clients who were local television celebrities. From a very early age, Shelly was his only assistant to the operation of their 50-horse facility. In addition to showing the horses, she was responsible for general care, feeding, exercising, and scheduling of veterinary and farrier appointments. Over the years, Shelly has successfully shown many breeds of horses, including Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Morgans, Saddlebreds, National Show Horses and Arabians. The variety of divisions she challenged spanned from equitation to reining and side saddle. As a junior exhibitor, she qualified in all three equitation medal classes and won numerous high point awards.
In the early days of her career, Shelly apprenticed with several top trainers serving as barn manager, assistant trainer, and riding instructor in large (60+ horse) facilities. Names included Bob Smith, Don DeLongpre’, Kit Hall, and Bob Robinson and Frank Buckley at The Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, California. She also has ridden horses for hunter trainer Hugh White, and galloped race horses (including two All American Futurity winners) for Ronnie Ferguson in Texas.
For more than two decades, Shelly owned and operated her own training stable where she specialized in amateur riders, equitation instruction and training using basic dressage and centered riding principles. She trained numerous regional champions and a national champion while working with riders of all ages in the Arabian and National Show Horse Divisions. In 2009, she trained the high scoring dressage horse (a Saddlebred) at the St. Louis Charity Horse Show.
Shelly Ingram has been a USEF judge in the Arabian, National Show Horse, Saddlebred, Western and Equitation divisions. She has judged the Scottsdale Arabian Show and the Equitation division of the Arabian and National Show Horse Finals, as well as coached 4-H judging teams on the local and state levels. In addition, she has aided in the production of and appeared in educational horse training films for 4-H members.
Shelly has a BS in English with a minor in Natural Resources, and an MS in Agricultural Education and Communication. For the past three years, she served as an equine resource conservationist for the Montgomery County, Maryland Soil Conservation District, helping equine operators with facility design and erosion control.
Shelly looks forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest’s camping and hiking opportunities with her two yellow Labradors, Dharma and Toby. And as an avid art lover, she hopes to take in local art museums and galleries, as well as attend concerts and other musical events. She is happy to be back on the West Coast and part of the Fire Run Farm Team and we are beyond thrilled to welcome her!