Shelly Francis

Shelly Francis

FEI Dressage World Ranking

Shelly FRANCIS is an American athlete and competes in Dressage.

Competing forUnited States of America - USA
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Number of starts: 210
Number of wins: 23
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
15/03/2019 Wellington FL CDIO3*-NC GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music Danilo 1 81.840
15/03/2019 Wellington FL CDIO3*-NC Team - Team Classification Danilo 1 147.990
14/03/2019 Wellington FL CDIO3*-NC GPS - Grand Prix Special Danilo 1 71.447
Ranking/Standing Horse Rank Points
FEI Dressage World Ranking Danilo 22 2167
FEI Dressage World Ranking Doktor 378 761
FEI Dressage World Ranking Rubinio 555 350
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