Following a successful show at dressage at Devon, up and coming young dressage trainer 27-year-old Kymberly Pullen packed two of her best horses and headed to Lexington, Kentucky for the USDF Region 2 Championships with hopes of qualifying for the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan. She did the drive from eastern Pennsylvania alone, with no groom or trainer to help, and managed just fine. “It’s actually kind of peaceful this way,” said Pullen who recently began her own business after four years as assistant trainer with Silva Martin. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a double major in Animal Science and Business, Kymberly knows the value of doing her homework, and applying her knowledge and skills. She moved east to work with and for Silva Martin. She also trains regularly with Michael Barisone. “My program has a huge hole in it since Kymmy left,” said Silva Martin. “She is one of the most honest people I know and I loved having her on my team for many years. She has turned into a great rider and she was very good with all my clients. Of course they all loved her.”
Having just gone out on her own starting her business Kymberly Rhea Dressage based out of Vyrnewy Farm in Pottstown, PA, Pullen’s first major outing on her own at Dressage at Devon 2014. Pullen and her American bred Sir Eastwood (Sir Sinclair out of Pom Pon/ Pik Solo bred by Gypsy Woods Farm) won the coveted Materiale Championship, the Born in the USA Award, and placed second in the large FEI 5-year-old test with an 81%. Her six-year–old, Hot Date (By Hotline X Finalee (Webster/West Point , bred by Log Hollow Farm) made an impression with the judges placing consistently in 5th place with their best score being a 74.4. Riding her clients’ Comet V (by Come Back II out of Wenesa x Leandro bred by Viegaard Studderi) for the first time at Devon, owners Paul and Sheelagh Christensen were quite pleased with their 6th place ribbons in the Fourth level Division. Kymberly gives credit to her trainer on the scene, Michael Barisone. "I have had the pleasure of both knowing and teaching Kymberly Pullen for several years and find her to be an excellent rider and trainer. “ said Michael Barisone. “She is fair, patient and compassionate in her training while improving each and every horse she rides. She will be a benefit to any horse and rider who is lucky enough to have her in their lives.”
At the USDF Region 2 Finals, and in Kentucky on her own with her two young horse talents, Sir Eastwood braved the Rolex Arena in a huge class of 45 for 5-year olds. “I couldn't have asked for more!” said Pullen. “He got 7th out of 45 so I was ecstatic!” In the Training Level Open Championship class, he placed 3rd in a field of 35 entries earning the young professional and her young horse an invitation to The Adequan/USDF Dressage National Championships November 6-9, for Open Training Level Division.
Currently in partnership with Hermes Saddles, Kymberly Pullen is a value as a spokesperson and model for the companies she works with. She is attractive, intelligent, easygoing and affable, keeping her friends on Facebook updated with her weekly progress.
She is a sponsor’s dream for clothing, products she believes in, as well as a trustworthy and talented consideration for riders and owners in her region looking for someone they can count on.
While she has the common goal of many young and talented Dressage riders and trainers to someday find her way at the top, representing her country at the highest level (and with American Bred Horses to boot) her focus is building her business in Pennsylvania, staying close at hand for her clients and horses entrusted in her care.
Silva Martin made a point to add, "Kymmy understands that hard work pays off and that's what is going to make her a Champion! I couldn't be happier for her success and I will always feel part of it!"
It wasn’t easy to leave her home and roots in Texas where Kymberly makes a point to credit her parents Scott and Caroll Ann Pullen for their unwavering support and help in investing in her first two talents. But now with a great year almost behind her she is putting her experience and education to work attracting clients and horses to instruct and train. With the continuing surge in Dressage across the United States, she saw a need in her region for more instructors as well as trainers to get so much American young horse talent started right.