K E L L Y A L D O U S
Kelly was brought up in the UK in rural Norfolk, and after persuading her non-horsey parents to pay for some riding lessons at the local stables when she was aged 5, the ‘passion' began.
Kelly's interest in Eventing was established in her early teens when she started grooming for a friend with FEI ponies. However, it wasn't until 2003 that she got her own pony, but it was the purchase of Fair Dinkum two years later that took her to her first championships competing at both the Pony Club and JRN Championships, finishing 2nd and setting pony Club records respectively.Read More...
During Kelly's teenage successes, she caught the eye of Irish Olympic rider Trevor Smith who invited her to train with him at his yard in Ireland. Kelly spent the next six months developing her own riding style and learning how to produce and present young horses to prospective clients under the eye of both Trevor and his brother Steven.
When Kelly returned home, she became a working pupil for the Eventing World Championships Gold Medallist Piggy French at her yard in Leicestershire. It is here where Kelly continued to develop her riding skills whilst understanding what is needed to run and manage competition horses and a Professional Event yard.
It 2007 Kelly finally took the plunge and setup on her own and launched Kelly Aldous Eventing. View BE Results. Kelly successfully produced and competed horses up to international 3* Level, whilst managing her own staff and business. She picked up many qualifications along the way, including National Novice, Intermediate and British Open Championships. With numerous wins and placings at National and International level, Kelly is a true competitor and always puts her horses' welfare first.
So, when Kyle and Kelly merged the two business's in 2014, Kelly already had the skills and capabilities to ride and manage competition horses, combined with strong business management knowledge.
After having a break from competing and eventing in 2016 and 2017, due to the birth of Alfie, Kelly took up the reins again in 2018 and successfully Evented Bates BDA and Willow BDA up to Novice level. Whilst qualifying Willow BDA for the British 6yr old Eventing Championships, Kelly also qualified Winair BDA for the Burghley Young Event Horse Final, finishing in the top 6. Kelly is very excited with her string of young horses for 2019 and beyond, believing this is the strongest, most talented horse power she has ever had and will enable her to achieve International 4* level eventing, leading to European, World and Olympic Championships.
K Y L E H A S S E L L
Kyle grew up in horsey surroundings in Bermuda, where he has competed internationally in junior show jumping competitions, including podium finishes at the Caribbean Equestrian Association Championships (CEA). Kyle moved to the UK at the age of 15 to peruse his love of horses and extend his knowledge of the equine industry. He spent six years working for Andrew Saywell as stable jockey there he learnt the skills required to manage and develop young horses. Whilst also gaining invaluable experience, by producing young horses first hand that went on to become World and European Champions.Read More...
From there he based himself for a short-time with the Funnell's, at The Billy Stud, it was whilst he was there, he developed a passion for breeding. This ignited his desire to breed his own sports horses, and so the visionary foundations of BDA Equestrian were set.
From the Billy Stud Kyle moved to Nottinghamshire, where he gained his AI technician qualification (artificial insemination) and started the BDA breeding programme, out of this came, to name a few AES lifetime approved Stallion Zilveren Icon BDA, who in 2018 qualified for the Big Star National 6 year old Championships, finishing in the top 10 and Willow BDA, who in 2018 qualified in her first season of Eventing for the British Eventing 6 year old Championships, and Winair BDA, who qualified for the Burghley Young Event Horse Final and finished in the top 6.
Whilst the breeding programme was growing, Kyle continued to produce and compete young horses, this led to him qualify several at various young horse show jumping national finals. To date he is currently developing his team of young horses, with Kelly assisting with the flatwork, to competing at the highest international levels, the breeding programmes continues to grow under his careful eye and expertise too.