West End Farm offers the opportunity to learn about horses and riding in a fun, friendly, low-key environment.
We are here to help riders of all ages and experience achieve their personal riding goals and potential. That may mean learning to post the trot, it may mean winning show ribbons or anything in between. Whether you have a child who's horse-crazy, or you are an adult wanting to get back into riding, there's a home for you at West End Farm.
In addition to lessons, we offer many other opportunities to help our students become well-rounded horse people and, more importantly, well-rounded people. These include horse shows, clinics, camps, barn & farm work, horse leasing and horse ownership and boarding.
Our boarding program emphasizes the health, happiness, and well-being of the horses in our care. This includes daily turnout (weather permitting) on our over 70 acres of lush pasture, daily stall cleaning, high-quality hay and grain and a pro-active approach to care.
Horseback riding is one of the oldest, most basic and most profound of human activities. We are excited by the opportunity to ride with you on this journey of discovery!
Kelly is West End Farm, LLC's head trainer, founder and owner. Kelly grew up in St. Louis where she was the original horse-crazy girl riding bare back on her beloved Arabian, Sahhara. Kelly built on this organic basis with training in the Hunter, Jumper and Dressage disciplines. She learned her craft from several well-respected trainers in various disciplines in Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. She has had further instruction from some of the most prominent names in the sport, including Olympians George Morris, Greg Best and Peter Gray. Kelly has many years of experience teaching students of all ages and riding levels, and at WEF focuses her training on helping intermediate and advanced riders progress to reach their maximum potential.
West End Farm is pleased to announce that Mary Grantham-Cook will be teaching and riding out of West End Farm from December 2017 to May 2019. Mary's accolades are too long to list, but the highlights of her career are below:
Major Equestrian Accomplishments, United States Pony Club Graduate "A", North American Young Rider Championships Gold Medallist CCI ** (2000), United States Equestrian Team Developing Rider Training List (2001, 2003, 2004), Fox Hall Cup CCI*** completion (2002), Fair Hill CCI*** completion (2003), Fair Hill CCI*** 11th Place (2004), National Advanced Horse Trial Championships 5th Place (2004), Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event CCI**** competed (2006), American Eventing Championships Training Horse Division 3rd Place (2008), Trained with Jimmy Wofford, Stephen Bradley, Buck Davidson, Bruce Davidson, Verne Batchelder, Robert Costello, Emily Miles, Ulf Wilting, Lilo Fore
Also trained and competed in Germany and the United Kingdom from 2009-2013, USDF Silver Medal 2017, Currently working toward USEF "r" eventing judge license.
Shelby Wietharn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science Production/Management with an Equine Certificate from Kansas State University in 2017. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and began riding at the age of six. She has achieved her national “B” level certification from the United States Pony Club and competed at the preliminary level and CCI* in 3-Day Eventing. Shelby has been a member of the K-State Intercollegiate Horse Show Association riding team where she has competed on behalf of the university in both individual and team competitions.
For the summer of 2008, Shelby and her horse traveled to Vermont to train and compete under the tutelage of Denny Emerson, which cemented her readiness for upper-level competition. She has also trained with Buck Davidson, Peter Gray, Lynn Coates-Holmes, Steven Bradley and Martha Lambert, as well as, being trained by Susan Harris, the owner and trainer of Spring Run Farms in Prospect, Kentucky.