About the Morrell’s
Detroit’s Rodeo Family

This Rodeo family has been up and down the highways, going across the country, pursuing their dreams of competing in rodeos for sometime now. They enjoy the Sport of Rodeo and the many friendships that follow with it.

In addition to competing, the Morrells acknowledge that they are a product of their community, and therefore donate a lot of their time, energy and effort towards educating our youth in and around the city of Detroit.

Morrell Equine Services provide a positive educational equestrian experience at affordable prices with friendly service and pleasant interactive surroundings.

The Morrell’s are committed to providing educational and social programs and activities that contribute toward a positive relationship between animal and individual.

Born and raised in Detroit, Keith Morrell has fulfilled his lifelong dream of wanting to be a cowboy since the age of three. A graduate of Mumford High School and Ferris State University, Keith is a Senior Technical & Sales Specialist for BASF. As a true Cowboy, Keith trains horses and riders alike. He is champion bull-rider and has competed on the professional Rodeo circuit in the areas of Bareback Riding, Bull Riding, and Steer Wrestling . Keith has been involved in the Horse Industry for the past 35 years.

A native Detroiter and graduate of Benedictine High School, The University of Detroit, and Walsh College. C.J. is a chemist at Ford Motor Co. She’s had horses since she was 12 years old, but didn’t pursue the sport of rodeo until the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo came to Detroit in 1990. She met her husband at a rodeo. C.J. competes in the Barrel Racing; the only female event on the professional circuit. At Pro-Am Rodeos, she also competes in Pole Bending and Relay Racing. Her goal is to see her children be World Champions one day!

An 20-year old who started riding bulls at the age of 10,. Kristopher Morrell is the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Michigan State High School Champion Bullrider. He also held the 2004 Steer Wrestling State title. He held this title last year, along with the Steer Wrestling State title. He’s won Reserve Champion for the Mid-West Region at the 2000 Little Britches Rodeo Association Finals, and won the Bull Riding Championship for the Region and finished 4th in the World in 2002! Kristopher also competes against adults on the Pro-Am Rodeo circuit. Kristopher is the first African-American to compete in the Little Britches Rodeo Association from the State of Michigan. He was also the first African American to compete at the High School National Finals from the state of Michigan. His peers gave him a tribute at Butzel Recreation Center for Black History Month. Kristopher is a student who also excels at Football and breaking school records in Track.

This 12-year old honor student got on her first horse with her parents at 11 months old. At age 3, Kirby Morrell started riding by herself and competed in the Bold Cheyenne 4-H Club. She won the Winter Series Lead Line Competition at that time. Kirby started singing the National Anthem at various Pro-Am Rodeos at the age of 4. She has also sung at the Little Britches Regional and National Finals. Kirby exhibitions’ her horse in Barrel Racing and Western Pleasure. She has won many ribbons and plaques. Kirby also enjoys gymnastics, acting, soccer and modern dance. She is starting to compete with the Little Britches Rodeo Association.

The youngest member of the family is an 10-year old who definitely wants to follow in her sibling’s footsteps—but in her own direction. Carmen started riding horses with her parents when she was 10 months old, and riding by herself at age two. At 3 years old, she also competed in the Bold Cheyenne 4-H Club. Carmen wanted a plaque like her older sister, so she too won the Winter Series Lead Line Competition for 2002. This year, Carmen has started exhibitioning her horse in the Barrel Racing. She also enjoys riding, swimming, soccer and dancing. Her favorite event in the Little Britches Rodeo is Pole Bending.