Prather returned to the U.S. in mid-November after attending the Pau CCI**** (France) with Fox-Pitt. She’s taken away a lifetime of experience in just under a year, and plans to apply that to her business. “[William] has more paid sponsorship so he doesn’t have to do a lot of teaching and can concentrate on his horses and his riding. At this stage of his life, he’s focused on his horses. When he retires from riding, [he wants to] take up more teaching,” she said. “To be able to concentrate on your riding and your horses and have the time, I think we can learn a lot from it.
“He has a great groom that’s been with him 20 years. She runs the barn and he trusts her so much with his horses. He’s not worried about having to run things in the barn, although he’s very hands-on. He makes decisions with her about every little thing. He knows exactly what’s going on with every horse all the time,” she continued.
Prather will set up Kelly Prather Eventing out of Bruce Davidson’s Chesterland Farm in Unionville, Pa. and Ocala, Fla. in January. She first met Davidson in 2007 as she was prepping for her first three-star at Fair Hill (Md.) with Ballinakill Glory. “I liked him a lot and worked very well with him. He’s what William is going to be in some years’ time. His knowledge is endless,” she said.
She reconnected with him at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (England) this year where he was coaching. After telling him she was unsure about her future plans, Davidson gave her some advice on rebuilding back in the states. Once she was home, Davidson contacted her about working out of Chesterland.
Prather has two of Davidson’s homebreds that are now 5 and 6, so she’s excited to get them out competing and start working with new clients. “It’s an absolutely incredible facility and it’s going to give me every opportunity to train and produce horses in two great locations,” she said.