Kerry Kelley lives and works in Weatherford, TX with his wife Wendy and their three children Kayden, Kanyon and Karter. Kelley is self taught and has been in the business for over 20 years. It all began with an interest in cowboy history and the tools these hard working folks need to do their job and do it well. After the equipment was functional and durable, then the artistic side of Kelley kicked into play. He takes great pride in the beauty of each piece he generates and enjoys coming up with new artistic designs.
Kerry’s combination of functionality, durability, and artistry are what makes each piece unique. Not only does he know the bit material and design, but also the theories behind the bits and how they work. Kelley has first-hand experience in applying these theories with the assistance of top trainers in multiple disciplines. Together they collaborate to come up with the perfect design.
In 2018, Kerry Kelley launched a new barrel bit line with Danyelle Campbell, multiple NFR qualifier and world champion barrel horse trainer. Combining Kerry Kelley's exceptional feel and reputation for quality with Danyelle's knowledge of barrel horse training and mechanics, we have created an exciting new bit line that has proven to be a hit with many great reviews!
By keeping his designs clean and simple, his pieces are not only made to last; they are also beautiful.
Kerry Kelley is recognized as one of the top bit and spur makers in the United States, and is used by the top trainers in the horse industry. A specific, unique characteristic is the fact that each and every one of his pieces is made in Kelley’s shop in TX. Nothing says “made in the USA” like one of his handcrafted pieces.
Kelley likes to stress the utilitarian nature of his work. The innovative swivel points, fit and profile of his bits and spurs are held in high regard by the performance horse crowd, with whom he frequently collaborates. This equipment is sought after and desirable by many trainers in all different horse disciplines, including ranch cowboys, reiners, cutters, ropers, barrel racers, cowboy action shooters, and more. Many western collectors also recognize the beauty that sets Kelley’s craftsmanship apart.
In addition to everyday consumers, Kerry Kelley has also partnered with many different organizations to design trophy bits and spurs. Such organizations include: NCHA, Red Steagall, "Fort Worth" Stock Show, Brazos Bash, Windy Ryon, TCRA, BFA, and more.
There are a great deal of things to consider about bridle bits, one of the most important things is the rider's feel. A bit can become a weapon, or it can be a really nice tool that allows you to communicate to the horse with finesse.
The silver, copper and gold cut work, appliqué and design flourishes of Kelley’s gear are anything but ordinary.. That said, these beautiful spurs and bits are not just to look at, they are frequently seen hard at work.
All of Kerry's handcrafted products would be a great addition to any collection for a working cowboy who wants a little style in his gear or to a serious collector looking to add art to his display.