About melissa kalember
Melissa Kalember is a USEF R Judge, SAHJA Judge, USHJA Certified Trainer, and Certified Equine Massage Therapist and Reiki I Master. Melissa also serves on the committee for the USHJA Zone 10 and the board for NorCal Hunter Jumper Association.
Melissa obtained her B.S. from UC Davis in Animal Science in 2007, specializing in Equine Science. Melissa furthers her education attending clinics, taking lessons and judging shows. As an intuitive and diverse horse trainer, she is able to work with a wide range of equestrians.
Melissa hasn't left the saddle since her riding days began at age 7 at Diamond Mountain Stables, home of Macella O'Neil. Drawing on her talent for handling tough ponies and her love of catch riding, Melissa's show career began in the pony ring, where she showed many green points for their owners throughout Northern Ca. After numerous championships in the pony ring, Melissa's career progressed into the hunter and jumper ring, where she showed horses through the various levels.
After developing her skills as an amateur rider, Melissa began her professional career with The Napa Valley Equestrian Center under the guidance of USEF R judge Gardner Powell. She added many tools to her hand bag of information through her experience as an assistant trainer and barn manager for the Equestrian Center. Still seeking to grow as a professional in the industry, Melissa became a judge for Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper Association and was approved for her learners permit to begin the process to obtain her judging license from the United States Equestrian Federation. After learner judging, and then apprentice judging with some of the top judges all over the Untied States, Melissa was granted her Registered 'R' license from the USEF. She will be applying for her jumper license this spring.
Continuing to expand her knowledge and understanding of the horse, Melissa took courses through Deb Patella's Equinology Program on: anatomy, equine biomechanics and health/nutrition. During this time Melissa chose to become an equine sports massage therapist. Melissa also wanted to grow the intuitive abilities she always possessed. She started working with an animal communicator and Reiki Master. Melissa has received her Reiki I Master Certification and looks forward to continuing through the levels.
On a daily bases Melissa is able to use her gifted eye and vast knowledge of the horse in her work as a teacher, rider, masseuse, Reiki master, communicator and judge.