Kelly Gormley has been keeping to family tradition this past weekend as she and her 14-year-old KWPN gelding, Irioso (x Purioso/Furioso) swept the FEI Junior classes at Waterloo August Dressage. At the very same show where older sister, Stacy dominated the Young Rider division last year, Kelly followed in hot pursuit. The pair took home seven new blue ribbons to add to their wall of success building in front of Irioso’s stall at Timberlane Farm in Lowell, Michigan. Adding to their already impressive 23 wins out of 25 classes season, the duo had solid rides with two scores at 70%. This show marks the completion of their qualification process for the USEF Junior Team Championships to be held at Devon later in the fall.
The 15-year-old junior at Forest Hills Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan has proven that she is a force to be reckoned with. This is her first year trying out for the juniors, and it has been her dream come true. “Irioso is such a neat horse! He always puts in exactly as much effort as I do. He is a very fair horse and has taught me that I really need to ride if I want to a get a good score. Being able to go to the Junior Championships at Devon would be the icing on the cake for our first year.” Irioso was purchased for Kelly’s Christmas/birthday present this past December.
Kelly has been riding for 9 years and has followed closely in the footsteps of her older sister, Stacy. The former USPC two-time gold medallist and National Champion at First and Second Level is looking forward to a very bright future. “I am going to finish high school then hopefully move to Florida to train with Stacy during college. I can’t wait to show in Wellington!” Kelly is considering attending Palm Beach Atlantic University and majoring in youth ministry.
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A Proud Daddy
Bob Gormley, father of the Kelly and Stacy couldn’t be prouder of his girls. “As a parent, it’s been great to watch them grow in their horsemanship and competitiveness over the years. They are each other’s biggest fans and are very supportive. There’s no place they would rather be than on top of a horse. Irioso and Fidelis have a real place in our family and we love them dearly.” Bob can always be seen walking around the shows with “Maggie” the Gormley’s Dalmatian pup.
Owner of Timberlane Farm and long time trainer Laurie Moore is thrilled for Kelly’s success this year. ”Kelly has a great feel and has a great attitude. She is an extremely coachable student who learns quickly. She has done a wonderful job with Irioso so far and I am very excited to see where the future takes those two together.”
DressageDaily will be “On the Scene” at the 2005 USEF Junior Team Championships at Devon September 30th through October 2nd in Devon, PA.