Blazing a trail and being a female knight with Kelly Ude-Martinez


Manage episode 304481509 series 2682488
By Rhea Freeman. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

The Knights of Middle England take part in lots of shows each year, but what's slightly unusual about these knights is that one of them is female... and she's called Kelly Ude-Martinez! This week, we chat about being a female knight, horseback archery, all the adrenaline, the tough times of 2020, and a bumper 2021.

Kelly has been involved with and loved horses for as long as she can remember- starting off down the slightly more conventional eventing path, before finding a love for polo. Polo led Kelly to the Knights of Middle England- a company that combined her loves of horses and performance- and a job as a knight, a teacher, a performer, and provided the chance to inspire lots of little girls too.

In 2020, the company's entire show season was cancelled due to covid, and with the teaching revenues hit too, Kelly also shares what it was like getting through those times when there were still a lot of mouths to feed and no income.

225 episodes