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Wakeley - Horse Trainer - West Palm Beach, FL, USA

Keli Wakeley

West Palm Beach, FL, USA


Keli Wakeley has been riding and training horses in South Florida since 1997. She offers freelance riding instruction/training specializing in showmanship, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, competitive trail, western pleasure and horsemanship. She has been affiliated with AQHA, APHA and ApHC for training and competition. Recently Keli had the opportunity to spend a year in Colorado where she offered freelance instruction in the Denver area in addition to working at Silver Quarter Acres in Golden and assisting a APHA breeder on fine tuning young horses, sales prep and daily farm management. Prior to starting a freelance business in 2003 Keli worked for TLP Stables in Loxahatchee Florida as Farm Manager and resident CHA Certified Riding Instructor and Trainer. During her time at TLP she maintained a barrel horse training and sale program for the owner, offering barrel horse training, showing and sales. Keli offers lessons for pleasure or show with our without your own horse and has a passion for working with both children and adults; she specializes in helping riders utilize their natural aids to communicate well with their mount for a safe and enjoyable ride. All students will learn barn and riding safety, balance and correct equitation in the saddle, learning to move through all gaits while gaining trust and confidence within yourself and your equine partner. "My goal is to help my riders to always be in balance with the horse, maintain a correct position in every gait, possess commanding but relaxed presence and have the ability to direct the horse with nearly invisible aids."


Horse Trainer

Work History

Equestrian Director

Salvation Army Camp Keystone

Herd manager responsible for feed program, grooming, conditioning, health maintenance, veterinarian and farrier scheduling and assisting. Record keeping for twelve geldings used for camps at the Salvation Army's
Camp Keystone. Daily responsibilities include but not limited to accessing and treating injuries, monitoring
illness including but not limited to colic, abscess, wounds and other health issues/illness with the herd. Main- tains Certified Horsemanship Association riding instructor certification for English and Western Disciplines.
Oversees trail rides offered to campers and other groups partaking in horse related activities throughout the year. Supervises weekend wrangler and seasonal wranglers assisting with campers and herd management.


Kee Grill Restaurant

Seasonal cashier for Kee Grill in Jupiter. Handled guest checks for servers and tip out at end of evening. Fre- quently entrusted with large amounts of cash during cash transaction and tip out to servers at the end of the
evening. Position required attention to detail with numbers to ensure that all transactions are manually input into system nightly and that correct cash amount was distributed.

Veterinary Technician

Northlake Animal Hospital

Routinely performed digital radiographs, carried out lab work which consisted of ear cytology, complete uri- nalysis, in-house lab work and preparation of samples sent to outside labs. Performed dentistries on cat's and
dogs Handled surgical preparation, surgical monitoring and post surgical monitoring of patients. Offered daily
assistance to veterinarian during appointments offering patient restraint, administered vaccines, filled prescrip- tions as directed, demonstrated client home care to owners and offered client education. Routinely performed
receptionist duties including appointment scheduling and patient form print outs. Solely responsible for hospi- tal website design and maintenance. Handled routine clerical projects and advertising utilizing Microsoft office
programs and handled advertising though social networking

Farm Manager/Riding Instructor and Trainer

TLP Stables

Lived onsite at farm handling all aspects of farm management for busy boarding/training horse farm. Solely
responsible for all advertising, horse sales and client contact. Performed farm bookkeeping utilizing Quick- books, maintained all records for boarders and training clientele at farm. Coordinated all vet and farrier ap-
pointments for clients at farm, handled all vaccinations of owners horses and emergency care for horses.
Worked with owner on barrel horse breeding, training and sale program, responsible for working with vet on AI
mares, foaling, imprinting and foal management. Offered riding instruction at farm, maintained CHA Certified
Horseback Riding certification, handled grooming/conditioning and sales prep for owner and clientele

Certified Freelance Riding Inst. and Trainer, KW Performance Horses


Offers freelance riding instruction/training specializing in showmanship, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equita- tion, competitive trail, western pleasure and horsemanship. Previously maintained a 4H club in Palm Beach
County for 10+ years, previous affiliation with AQHA, APHA and ApHC for training and showing. Offers show
grooming, hauling and show instruction for clientele. Handles all customer contact, web advertising, and new
client solicitation. Handles all personal advertising including website creation and maintenance for business.
Proficient in many Mac and Microsoft programs including Publisher, Excel, Word and Photoshop for Mac.
Provided freelance Equine photography for clients at shows and farm.

Qualifications & Certifications

College of Central Florida

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