Melissa Kalember

Committee member:  Banquet, Technology

Melissa Kalember has been an equestrian for 30 years, and a horse trainer for 18 years. She obtained her B.S. from Davis in Animal Science in 2007, specializing in equine science. She is a USEF R Judge, USHJA Certified Trainer, SAHJA Judge, certified equine masseuse, and an animal communicator. Melissa furthers her education attending clinics and judging shows. As an intuitive and diverse horse trainer, she is able to work with a wide range of equestrians.

Melissa’s show career began in the pony ring, where she spent many hours in the saddle showing green ponies 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 assistant trainer and barn manager for the Equestrian Center. 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.
Still seeking to grow as a professional in the horse industry, Melissa became a judge for Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper Association and was approved for learners permit by the United States Equestrian Federation. During her licensing process Melissa was able to learner judge with such highly regarded professionals as Linda Allen, Tucker Ericson, James Zulia and Jack Robson, to name a few. Melissa’s ability to watch the form of the horse and the style of the rider was recognized by these judges and the USEF when they approved her as a Registered 'R' judge in Hunters, Hunter Equitation and Jumpers. Melissa is now a R USEF judge in the Hunters and Hunter Seat Equitation divisions. She now pursuing her judging licence in the Jumper and Hunter Breeding divisions.

Melissa judge's rated competitions all over the US, judges several shows for the Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper Assoc, and the IEA-International Equestrian Assoc.
Melissa has also developed several clinics where she travels the US educating as many exhibitors as possible.

Melissa was on the board for the local Sonoma County Horse Council for several years. During this time she helped launch a new program to help communities during natural disasters.

What would you like to contribute as a NorCal board member? 
The hunter/jumper world is amazing and complex. I see a great deal from the judge's booth, and try to always be in truth and rightness for the horse and rider. I would like to add my sight and knowledge to NorCal to help it assist our members, in all manners. I feel education, teaching our membership is an area I could really offer insight and ideas. I feel it is an area that needs to be strengthened, in our sport as a whole.
How do you think NorCal can best fulfill the needs of its membership? 
Possibly sending out a survey to see what our membership would like from the board, and/or say what they feel the membership needs. Then, for the board to put their heads and experiences together to say what they feel the membership needs.

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