Remembering Lisa Blaufuss

Updated Info: There will be a Celebration of Life for Lisa held on May 5th at 3pm at:

Del Mar Horsepark (on the Grand Prix jumping field/big white tent)

14550 El Camino Real

Del Mar CA 92014

Please RSVP at

In lieu of flowers, donations are being collected to support the continuation of The 6th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Dressage Show that will be held on October 27/28, 2018 in Lisa’s honor. This event will be run as a charity event to raise funds for Lisa’s daughter Ciera who will be heading to college this fall. Please make checks payable to:

Friends of Lisa

PO BOX 5005-9

Rancho Santa Fe CA 92067

Lisa was a wonderful woman, beautiful both inside and out. She was loved, is now missed, and will forever be cherished by everyone that knew her. She was a great wife that uplifted her husband; a wonderful mother that championed her daughter and a good friend to too many to mention. Lisa passed away at home after a 7+ year battle with breast cancer on March 9th, 2018.

Lisa is survived by John Kelly, Husband; Ciera Kelly, Daughter; Julita Blaufuss, Mother; Erich Blaufuss, Brother; Kim Blaufuss, Sister. She was predeceased by her father, Arthur Blaufuss on 10/20/1984. She would have been 57 years young this month.

She was born on March 24th, 1961 in Chicago Illinois, but grew up in the southwest corner of the rural town of Marshall. Growing up in the country, she developed a love for nature and animals, but she was always especially fond of horses.

After High School, she attended Hamline University in Lac qui Parie County, Minneasota. There she learned to speak Mandarin Chinese (she was already fluent in French) and majored in business. With a desire to perfect her language skills and study Chinese culture; she spent the last year-and-a-half of her time at college in China attending Beijing University. This was before China had modernized-very soon after it had opened up to the West.

Returning to the US shortly after her father's death, she moved to San Diego. Lisa took a job as a purchasing manager at Rohe Industries first and later joined Qualcomm as a project manager.

It was in San Diego that her love of horses was reignited when she was introduced to the sport of Dressage. It was both the art and the challenge of the sport that hooked her. She loved the sport and the people in it.

In 1993 she met her future husband, John, at an event hosted by the Cancer Society. They were married in September of 1997 in a small ceremony on a rooftop in La Jolla. She planned every detail of the event, including having a troop of authentic Hawaiian dancers surprise the reception guests, where she also performed a special hula dance that she had secretly learned.

On December 29th, 1999 she gave birth to her daughter, Ciera Hope. Lisa returned to work after maternity leave, but after a couple of weeks of returning to corporate life, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom. Lisa thought it was important that she be there and experience her daughter’s earliest milestones.

Once Ciera started preschool, Lisa had time to get back to the sport she loved. She trained with the Hoffman’s at Rancho Los Amigos for several years with a horse named Hogan. She then joined Kim Keenan Stordahl to train at Wildflower Ranch with her horse Khaos. In addition to the challenge of riding, she joined Kim volunteering for the local SD Dressage chapter in 2004, where they helped develop the chapter’s show circuit to make it what it is today. After many years of volunteering, she became a paid contractor in 2011 and assumed the role of show manager for the chapter shows.

She then started her own company in 2013- CrackerJack Productions, LLC. She took over Kim Keenan Stordahl’s show The Dressage Affaire and created her own show- The Spooktacular Halloween Dressage Show. Her mission was to create an event where everyone would have fun and enjoy the time together and she was so proud when it succeeded.

To enhance the actual competition, Lisa added a costume day, costume f