Herd after High School: Alumni update with ’12 grad Kelsey (Robinson) Lesh


Courtesy: Kelsey Lesh

HORSING AROUND: Kelsey Lesh escorts her son, Russell Lesh, as he rides C’s King Triton. It was at the 2021 Pennsylvania National Horse Show where the mother and son duo participated in the classic leadline class. Lesh said “it was special to get to exhibit there with my son and a pony that means so much to me”.

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Kelsey Lesh, formerly known as Kelsey Robinson, attended Carlisle High School from 2008 – 2012. During her time here, Lesh was a part of numerous activities such as the Bel Canto Choir, CASAC Science Fair, Carlisle Students for Christ, and 4H to name a few. She also played piano in her church’s youth worship team and helped organize Operation Christmas Child at her church. She also had several horses that she owned and cared for as well as a job babysitting.

Despite all of these extracurriculars, Lesh’s most memorable high school experience was in the classroom. It was dissecting a pig in biology that motivated her to pursue a major in the subject at Shippensburg University.

In this process, Lesh also got a certification to teach Secondary Education as she “had some amazing biology/science teachers in high school and… wanted to be just like them.”

Kelsey (Robinson) Lesh in 2012 (yearbook photo)

While Lesh did not go on to become a teacher, her background in education has helped her tremendously as a business owner. 

Lesh had to redirect her plans of going to vet school after having her first child and thinking of what would be best for her family. Around the same time as this, the ability to rent a large equestrian facility with existing clients seemingly fell into her lap and she jumped on the opportunity.

Unsurprisingly, Lesh said her “work ethic in high school has continued into [her] adulthood and has served [her] well”, especially as the owner of Robinson Equestrian.

She is currently focused on finding a new facility that Robinson Equestrian can acquire so they can continue to grow and hopefully move closer to Carlisle.

I had some amazing biology/science teachers in high school and […] I wanted to be just like them.

— Kelsey Lesh

When asked what advice she would give the high schoolers of CHS today, Lesh explained that you should not let “social media distract you from building personal relationships and reaching your goals.” 

She went on to say that social media has contributed to the loneliness that she felt at certain times in her life and that “it makes us feel like we cannot live up to the standards of others.”




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