Kelli and Zidante, photo courtesy  Sidelines magazine , photo by  Shawna Simmons   Cover photo by Mackenzie Shuman @azcentral

Kelli and Zidante, photo courtesy Sidelines magazine, photo by Shawna Simmons

Cover photo by Mackenzie Shuman @azcentral

young rising star, Aiming for 2020 olympic gold
kelli cruciotti

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Aired July 26, 2019

The wildly talented young rider, Kelli Cruciotti, epitomizes what can be accomplished when you follow your dreams.

Her illustrious junior equitation career included medaling on the Young Rider Nation’s Cup Team, winning the Artisan Farms Under 25 series in Wellington, and capturing the blue ribbon in the Encana $50,000 Under 25 Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows. And it culminated with her phenomenal win at the USEF Pessoa Medal Finals.

Now, she’s set her sights on the 2020 Olympics.

But while her accomplishments and dreams are vast, Kelli maintains a down-to-earth attitude and relentless dedication to improvement. Training under the watchful eye of her mom, Cindy; godmother, Kelli Clevenger; and Gold Medalist Peter Wylde, Kelli works hard at her family’s facility, Serenity Farm, where she doubles as associate trainer and resident grand prix rider, when she’s not traveling for competition.