— July 26, 2019— Kelli Cruciotti is an emerging star in international show jumping, currently ranked fourth in the FEI World Cup™ Standings and 26th by the United States Equestrian Federation and is a 2020 Olympic Games hopeful. Kelli enjoyed a storied junior career, with success in all three rings and won the coveted USEF/Pessoa Medal Finals in 2015.
The daughter of top hunter/jumper trainer Cindy Cruciotti, Kelli started riding ponies at the age of 5. In 2009, she piloted her horse “Q” to the Grand Hunter Championship at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, where she was also named best child rider. From 2013-2015, Kelli was in the Top 10 at every major equitation finals on the East Coast before capping her junior career with the 2015 USEF/Pessoa Medal Finals win at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Kelli was a force in the junior jumper ring as well, winning championships and classics too numerous to list. Riding her mare Chamonix H, Kelli made her grand prix debut at the age of 17 and simultaneously made history by becoming the youngest winner of the Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon. Kelli went on to win Artisan Farms Under 25 Series in Wellington, Florida, earning her a trip to compete in Europe on the Longines Global Champions Tour that season. She earned several Top 10 placings abroad and finished her tour in Canada with a win in the Encana $50,000 Under 25 Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows.
After turning professional in 2016, Kelli continued to pile up top results in international competition at such prestigious shows as the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, and at Tryon, Spruce Meadows, Pennsylvania National, Hampton Classic, Live Oak, Washington, among others. In 2019, she represented the United States in her first Longines FEI World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, finishing 16th among the best horse-and-rider combinations in the world, with her mare Hadja Van Orshof.
Kelli has trained with her mother, her godmother Kelli Clevenger and Olympic gold medalist Peter Wylde. She is the associate trainer and resident grand prix rider at her family’s Serenity Farm and divides her time between their facilities in Elizabeth, Colorado and Wellington, Florida. She is currently focused on selection for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
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