National Advisory Board Spotlight- Kelly Chapman
Kelly Chapman

September 5, 2017: Kelly Boles Chapman hails from Bellevue, Michigan, where she coaches and trains youth and amateurs ina variety of events. Her students have won at such prestigious events as the All-American Quarter Horse Congress and the American Paint Horse World Show, and annually can be found in year-end high point listings.

 
In addition to the American Quarter Horse Association, she is an approved judge with the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA), the World Conformation Horse Association (WCHA), the American Paint Horse Association (APHA), the Palomino Horse Breeders Association (PHBA), and the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC).
 
Chapman has officiated the APHA World Show five times, and has judged the AQHYA World Show, ApHC World Show, PHBA World Show, the NSBA Breeders Championship Futurity, the Reichert Pleasure Celebration, the European Championships, Texas Classic, Paint Vegas, and the Gold Coast, as well as several other major circuits and stock shows throughout the country and in Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland and Italy.
 
As an instructor, she teaches seminars nationally on judging for the Color Breed Council, and the  American Paint Horse Association, as well as several state and local organizations. Her articles have appeared in such publications as the Paint Horse Journal, Horse & Rider, the Northeast Chronicle of the Horse, and the Michigan Quarter Horse Journal. She has conducted several clinics in Europe, and has been an instructor for the AQHA international event, the Youth World Cup.
 
An AQHA National Director, Chapman has been appointed to AQHA’s public policy committee, where she is a Q-Contact for industry-related issues in Washington, DC and Lansing, Michigan. She is a past two-term president of the Michigan Quarter Horse Association, and has been youth advisor and director of drug testing for that organization.
 
Also an APHA National Director, Chapman is vice-chair of the World Show Advisory Committee, and is appointed to the Judges Committee. She is a current trustee of the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund. In other philanthropic activities in her hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan, Chapman is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, Trustee for the Pennfield Schools Educational Foundation, Treasurer and Trustee for the Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center, and a Campaign Cabinet member for the
United Way of the Battle Creek-Kalamazoo Region.
 
Chapman has served as the Youth Equine Extension Specialist for Michigan State University, County Extension Agent for The Ohio State University, Information Officer for the Department of Agricultural Economics at Virginia Tech and as a District Manager and Equine Specialist for Purina Mills. Her undergraduate degree is from Michigan State University, and Masters Degree from Virginia Tech, with a particular focus on youth equine and livestock educational development. Currently, she consults with a variety of non-profit organizations and foundations.

Question & Answer with Kelly Chapman

1. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOBBY?

Watching my kids' sports and activities

2. IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANYONE, PAST OR PRESENT, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

My mom and grandmother -- to ask them all of the things I never thought of when they were still alive.

3. IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ANOTHER CAREER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?

I love what I do, but I think one of the most fun jobs would have to be an elementary school gym teacher -- who wouldn’t want to wear sweats every day, get kids excited to bounce around and play?

4. IF YOU COULD BE A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE IN ANY SPORT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A distance runner -- completing a marathon is on my bucket list :)

5. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS MOST IMPORTANT ABOUT COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS?

Collegiate athletics really give student-athletes a chance to further develop the work ethic and commitment that got them to this level in the first place. 

6. HOW DO YOU THINK THE SPORT OF EQUESTRIAN MOST BENEFITS YOUNG WOMEN?

This sport teaches and enhances so many skills -- humility, grace, competiveness, responsibility, work ethic -- all things that are essential to making good human beings.

7. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS?

Voracious seeker of knowledge

8. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TRAIT IN A PERSON?

Possession of common sense & logic! 

9. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?

Hopefully still connecting horses, people, and organizations to be the best they can be.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VACATION SPOT?

Any laid back Florida beach

11. IF YOU COULD VISIT ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND WHY?

Painted Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's upper peninsula.  I've been all over the world but have always wanted to visit this place in Michigan and never have.

12. BEST GIFT YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?

Donation in my name to one of my favorite causes

13. WHAT ONE ITEM IN YOUR WARDROBE BEST PERSONIFIES YOU?

Right now it’s a toss-up between my Kimes jeans (so comfortable) and my Twisted X Driving Mocs -- they've changed my life lol!

14. WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?

The Secret Life of Pets on Netflix :)

15. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

Pride and Prejudice

16. WHAT IS YOUR BEST WAY TO DECOMPRESS?

Sudoku puzzles 

17. WHAT WOULD YOUR KID(S) SAY IS YOUR BEST DANCE MOVE?

They would cringe at the thought of that

18. RED OR WHITE? YEAR?

Red -- anything from Paso Robles 2012

19. WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?

Being caught anywhere with my Velcro rollers in! 

20. DO YOU LACE RIGHT OR LEFT FIRST?

I don't think I've ever slowed down enough to pay attention to that!

21. FAVORITE FAMILY ACTIVITY, OUTSIDE OF EQUESTRIAN?

Showing livestock

22. FAVORITE FOOD?

A good medium rare steak

23. WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR PET PEEVES?

Anyone who over promises and under delivers.