Shelly Francis

Shelly Francis

FEI Dressage World Ranking

Shelly FRANCIS is an American athlete and competes in Dressage.

Competing forUnited States of America - USA
Next events
Nothing available at the moment. Follow the athlete to get updates.


Number of starts: 202
Number of wins: 19
Only the results from 01 January 2010 included
Individual Rank 35
Team Rank 4
Year Venue Horse Individual Rank Team Rank
2018   FEI World Cup™ Final Paris Danilo 12
Discipline: Dressage Born: 2004 Studbook: HANN Sex: Gelding
Discipline: Dressage Born: 2006 Studbook: WESTF Sex: Gelding
Discipline: Dressage Born: 2003 Studbook: OLDBG Sex: Gelding Last Ride: 2018
Date Show Event Competition Obs. Height Horse Position Score
09/02/2019 Wellington FL CDI5* FEI Grand Prix Special CDI5* Danilo 2 70.468
07/02/2019 Wellington FL CDI3* FEI 3* Grand Prix (Qualify for GP Special) Rubinio 17 59.065
07/02/2019 Wellington FL CDI5* FEI 5* Grand Prix (Qualify for GP Special) Danilo 2 69.478
Ranking/Standing Horse Rank Points
FEI Dressage World Ranking Danilo 34 2016
FEI Dressage World Ranking Doktor 90 1641
FEI Dressage World Ranking Rubinio 561 332
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music at the 2018 Aachen CDI4* competition in Aachen, Germany. (, 22 Jul 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto "It is all about nurturing willingness in a horse. If you build a relationship based on trust and fairness, a horse will give you its all." (, 29 Jul 2016)
Other information SELF-COACHED
Speaking in 2018 she said she does not have a regular coach. "I train with myself mostly, which works pretty good so far. Once in a while I have to kick myself around, but I'm a visual learner and I watch all the top riders. I'm a bit of an odd biscuit that way, but I did a lot of training in past years with great people like Johann Hinnemann, and now I have my own methods of training. I'm 59 - not 20 any more - so I train my horses from all the things I've learned." (, 19 Mar 2018)

She believes the grant she received to go to Germany to ride at the farm of dressage trainer Johann Hinnemann was vital in her career in the sport. "I quickly realised he trained the horses classical, like the book I read to tatters as a teenager. He taught me one of the biggest life lessons on when a horse is making a mistake or when he is deliberately not trying for you. That for me was life changing, it totally changed how I train my horses." (, 13 Mar 2013)

Medals description

Olympic Games
Gold medal - First place Gold medal - First place
Silver medal - Second place Silver medal - Second place
Bronze medal - Third place Bronze medal - Third place
Ranked Ranked
FEI World Championships
Gold medal - First Place
Silver medal - Second place
Bronze medal - Third place