Lei Cluff-Ryan did her first event at Pleasant Hollow Horse Trials in 1982 while attending the United States Military Academy. She later won that horse trials at Intermediate in 1996 on Kinetik. Following graduation in 1984, she continued to find time to compete while in the service, even doing Radnor Preliminary Three Day and finishing 10th in 1988 with Surprise Package.
She has evented through the FEI 1* (now 2*), and Intermediate Levels and competed numerous horses through the years. One of her most famous was the Perch/Arab/Appaloosa The Blue Horse. After leaving the US Army, she has held numerous positions in the equestrian world, teaching, volunteering, galloping racehorses, and finally of late helping horses with PEMF. She though she was retiring from professional rider activities with horses, but a new young horse Grand Finale has her back jumping big fences at the age of 58. She is also showing her thoroughbred ‘Travis’ at 4th level dressage.