Kelly Theisen

Kelly Theisen

Kelly Thiesen, SCAD equestrian studies

Kelly Theisen

Program coordinator
  • A.B., Augustana College
  • M.A.T., Rockford College
First year at SCAD:

“As the living embodiment of experiential education, equestrian studies is, at its core, an on-going process to appreciate and hone one’s skills and knowledge of classical horsemanship. At SCAD I am able to combine my twin passions of equestrian studies and education with the challenge of instilling in my students the desire to join centuries of equestrians in the pursuit of excellence.”


  • Instructor of English riding, University of Findlay, 2012-13
  • Professor of equestrian studies, Lake Erie College, 2010-12

Awards, recognition and honors

  • United States Eventing Association Instructor Certification, 2009
  • United States Dressage Federation, Bronze Medal, 2008
  • Invited to be a long listed rider with the United States Equestrian Team, 1992
  • United States Combined Training Association Area IV Advanced Rider of the Year, 1992
  • United States Combined Training Association Area IV, Intermediate Rider of the Year, 1991
  • North American Young Rider Championship, Silver Medal, 1990
  • North American Young Rider Championship, Gold Medal, 1989
  • American Horse Shows Association National Jr./Young Rider Champion, 1988
  • Harry T. Peters Trophy, 1988


United States Equestrian Federation, United States Hunter Jumper Association, United States Eventing Association, Inc., United States Dressage Federation

Courses Taught

  • EQST 110 Fundamentals of Horse Care
  • EQST 220 Barn Construction, Design and Facility Layout
  • RIDE 150 Fundamentals of Flatwork
  • RIDE 225 Advanced Flatwork
  • RIDE 230 Applied Dressage I
  • RIDE 240 Jumping Exercises II