Kelly Ann Graber B.S., P.A.S.
Equine Nutrition Consultant
Home Office: 12379 110th Street Breda, IA
51436 Toll Free 888-360-2204
The horse career of Kelly started at a young age with her grandfathers’ Morgan and Arabian show horses. She spent several summers in Arizona at her grandfathers’ small ranch and lived there with her mother and sister while her father was sent overseas by his company to upstart their European office. After moving with the rest of the family to South Wales, United Kingdom, Kelly, at the ripe old age of 2 ½, started riding and jumping welsh ponies. This only helped to strengthen her already hardy love of horses. Once returning to the states, Kelly started showing registered Paint Horses. She and her first youth gelding competed in all around competition, earning numerous Register of Merit awards along with a Youth Championship and Youth Versatility award. One of the highlights of their career together, was to achieve the goal of finishing 17th in the nation on the APHA National Youth Top 20 Honor Roll.
Today, Kelly spends her time on her Iowa farm with her husband Larry and their 3 young children Grayce (4 ½), Grayden (2 ½) and Gavyn (1). Several thoroughbred broodmares keep her busy raising Hunt Seat prospects, while her husband concentrates on the “real” farm and in raising corn, beans and of course hay! She hopes at some point to be able to start riding more again, but work, family and her small breeding operation keep her quite busy for the moment.
Kelly attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science specializing in Equine Nutrition and Reproductive Physiology. Kelly had been accepted to equine graduate study programs at Colorado State University and the University of Missouri where she planned to continue her equine education. Prior to starting her graduate studies and upon recommendation by her nutrition professor, she interviewed and accepted a position working for Progressive Nutrition as an Equine Nutrition Consultant. Although the plan was for work experience prior to graduate school, life sometimes doesn’t follow the plan, thus Kelly has been consulting with horse owners, veterinarians and feed dealers for over 12 years now. In that time, Kelly has given hundreds of Nutrition Seminars to end users as well as veterinarians and vet students. In addition, she has authored numerous articles for local and regional publications. In 1998, Kelly passed her exam to attain certification as a Professional Animal Scientist with the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists. In addition, she makes every effort to attend the Equine Science Society Symposium that is held every other year. This professional meeting is attended by most, if not all, of the top equine researchers in the world, and highlights the current research that is being done in the Equine industry.
Over the years, Kelly has done consulting work in many of the midwestern states, but is now representing Progressive Nutrition primarily in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana and Northern Wyoming. Kelly has combined her love of horses with her horse knowledge and now has rolled that together will all of her experience in Equine Nutrition to assist Progressive Nutrition clientele in attaining their goals, whatever they may be.