Kelly Hulse knows horses.

A World Champion exhibitor and trainer, Kelly Hulse brings vast experience in teaching, training, breeding and equestrian business management. Before teaching at Stephens, she was co-owner of Mark Hulse Stables for over 20 years, winning numerous World and Reserve World Championships.

Over the years, Hulse has worked hard and earned herself a highly regarded place in the industry. Most recently, she has been selected to judge Equitation at the 2023 Grand National and World Championship Horse Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma October 7-14th.

Kelly has served as the Chair or Co-Chair of the United Professional Horsemen’s Association Chapter 5, for the last six years. She is a USEF R judge and annually judges nationwide horse shows during the show season. Kelly was also selected as one of five judges for the 2022 World’s Championship Horse Show in Louisville, KY. She has received several professional equestrian awards that include 2020 UPHA Chapter 5 Horse Person of the Year, 2021 UPHA Chapter 5 Distinguished Service Award, as well as being named the recipient of the Missouri Horse Shows Association Show Horses and Ponies Horse Person of the Year in 2006 and 2009.

The 2023 Grand National and World Championship competition begins Saturday, October 7 with three shows daily through Saturday, October 14. Show times are 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (except for Friday and Saturday, they begin at 6:30 p.m.).

Kelly is part of a team of dedicated horsewomen focused on providing the best educational experience for all Stephens College Equestrian Studies students.


Kelly Hulse judging 2022 World’s Championship Horse Show.

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