Chelsea Nix started riding at age three, when her mother passed along her love of horses to Chelsea. Chelsea rode in weekly lessons for many years until she was old enough to begin working at the barn, where she started to do turnout for 70+ horses every Saturday morning. Chelsea’s first horse was a young fiery red headed mare off the track that nobody would ride, under the guidance of Sally Hinkle-Russell a Grand Prix jumper rider in Connecticut, the horse and Chelsea became successful in eventing and jumpers. From this little mare, Chelsea fell in love with off the track thoroughbreds (OTTB) and her talent for green and “crazy” horses was found (and continues to this day!). Chelsea was an active member of the US Pony Club, attending the show jumping championships in Kentucky. It was through Pony Club that Chelsea found her love for eventing. Chelsea spent a summer in the mountains of Vermont at Vershire Riding School, training twice a day and riding in some of the top Area I events. During and after college Chelsea worked for a number of years on Wall Street, in the mergers and acquisitions industry and the currency trading market. She was very successful but decided to follow her dream of becoming a professional rider and trainer. Throughout her riding career Chelsea has been able to ride and work with many talented dressage, jumper and eventing teachers and continues to do so as she develops her skills.
Sally gave Chelsea her first job teaching riding lessons at her farm, Mystic Valley Hunt Club, to children and adults. Being apart of a large lesson program gave Chelsea the opportunity to instruct all different types of people and learn to teach with different styles. Under Sally Hinkle and other mentor’s guidance Chelsea’s passion for the training and riding of the “ultimate” athlete was solidified and she has spent to date her riding time and horse education focused on training and caring for the competitive event horse.
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