About Kelly

Owner/Trainer/Show Instructor at

Kelly Kraegel's Cottonwood Creek Ranch Inc.

about kelly kraegelKelly Kraegel Morgan Horse Trainerwas born and raised in beautiful Southern California. In 2002, Kelly held the title Miss Rodeo California. She was First Runner Up to Miss Rodeo America 2003 won Miss photogenic and Miss Appearance at America. She traveled the United States serving as a role model and teaching people about our western heritage and sharing her beliefs in sportsmanship, patriotism and family involvement that carries over into her training programs for both her students and horses.

 Kelly's positive training methods and dedication have taken herself and her customers to over 100 World and Grand National and Reserve Championships. She has given clinics all over the United States and Canada. She was voted the 2011, 2013 and 2014 Horse World's People's Choice Instructor of the Year, as well as voted the 2013 AMHA Promotor of the Year and has been featured in articles for The Morgan Horse Magazine, The International Morgan Connection and Horse World Magazine. Cottonwood Creek Ranch was voted 2016 Best of Guthrie Awards for Ranches!  She loves her job, her customers and her horses and her bubbly personality and attention to detail creates a successful environment.

Kelly hosted a Country Music Show for 3 seasons on the Outdoor Channel, called "Out in the Country" where she interviewed music artists every week and introduced the videos of people like: Tracy Byrd, Merle Haggard, Bellamy Brothers, Charlie Daniels, Tracy Lawrence, Trace Adkins, Terri Clark and many more. She has modeled for magazine's such as Cowboys and Indians and Western Horsemen.

Kelly now has her Commercial Driver's License to drive her Peterbilt tractor and 15 horse Streamliner trailer. In addition, she also has  concealed carry handgun license.

Besides her love for horses, Kelly has a student pilot's license and passed her written test for her private pilot's license and has logged over 110 hours. She generally flies a Cessna 172, although not as much as she'd like! To add to her list of accomplishments, Kelly is Scuba certified and she is proud to have dove the three largest reefs in the world.

In January of 2009, Kelly's daughter Emmy was born. Now most of her time away from the barn is spent enjoying her daughter!


Kelly and Emma

Kelly and Emmy

Morgan Horse Instructor of the Year Kelly Kraegel

Kelly has won Horse Instructor of the Year for 2011 & 2013 and the AMHA Promoter of the Year for 2013!

AMHA promoter of the year

See Kelly in a professional commerical recently.