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
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
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.