About Kelsey

Whether competing in ranch rodeos, cutting or reined cow horse competition, Kelsey Love Thomas has worked hard and earned much success in each discipline. This horsewoman holds nine world titles: Kelsey is one of TWO World’s Greatest Horsewoman winners and is also the first ever winner and the only current 2-time winner. She’s a 10-time world champion between the RHAA National Finals, WGHW, Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association, and the NRCHA. In 2020, Thomas was named the first World’s Greatest Horsewoman at Art of the Cowgirl riding her mare, Kit Kay Jerrie, fondly known as “Elvira.”

Kelsey grew up in Parkfield, California, where she high school rodeoed before working for cutting horse trainers Russ and Janet Westfall in California. She later trained horses for Wagon Wheel Ranch in Lometa, Texas. Now, Kelsey and her husband, Buddy, breed, train and sell horses from their home in Rising Star, Texas.

Kelsey has been a longtime fan of Road to the Horse, saying “It’s an incredible opportunity to be invited to an event I’ve admired for such a long time. I already feel butterflies when I think about being in the pen with a colt while a stadium of spectators looks on.”

“Road to the Horse is such a unique event” she adds. “Normally the first few  rides on colt happen at home with hardly anyone around. This event completely flip-flops that experience because it gives the general public a firsthand view. It’s the little things that make the big difference when starting a colt, and at RTTH it’s set up for the spectator to take it all in.”  Kelsey is familiar with being judged on her horsemanship skills, and she’s taking what she’s learned in the show pen to this colt-starting competition.


Kelsey LOVE Thomas Performance Horses is dedicated to a training program which produces high quality working cow horses and cutting horses. From futurity colts to bridle horses, we strive to achieve top performance of horse and rider, with the ultimate goal of success in the show pen.


Kelsey LOVE Thomas Performance Horses focuses on working cow horses. She enjoys starting the prospects herself or with husband Buddy to best showcase the skill potential and trainability of each individual horse; slowly building connection and confidence to set up all maneuvers through connection and positive reinforcement. Kelsey herself rides each horse everyday and is deeply committed to the process of each horse’s journey.


From futurity to 4 and 5 year olds, the evolution of each horse is a privilege and paramount for Love Performance Horses. How each horse will shine is in the training process and show ring. The horse is the priority of Love Performance Horses.


For more details regarding our training philosophy, costs or other program details, please feel free to contact Kelsey.


If you are a horse owner that desires to show your own horse we encourage you to come for lessons!

Kelsey is proud to have a wonderful small group of youth and non-pros who come ride and take lessons. Seeing students progress is very rewarding and a large part of the training operation. We can assist with reining maneuvers, cow working horse skills and schooling techniques. From beginners to top level competitors, Kelsey is happy to assist you and your horse with riding and showing skills.


Kelsey Love Thomas has begun sharing her LOVE of the horse through mentorship and clinics of various disciplines!


While highly skilled at training and riding horses, we cannot ignore the connection aspect of Kelsey’s training program. She possesses the rare abilities of kindness, clarity and confidence to her students. Instruction is tooled to the specific needs of each rider no matter their skill set. She is able to clearly share her vast knowledge with each of her students providing confidence to both horse and rider. 


Kelsey offers clinics that include cowhorse, colt starting, connection and horsemanship; often working with special guests. If interested in having a clinic hosted in your location please complete the form and we will get back to you immediately. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Kelsey and Buddy Love Thomas formed a super partnership in more ways than one when they married and married their talents together to form a horse program for the ages.

Kelsey is one of TWO World’s Greatest Horsewoman winners that we have on our consignor list, but she is also the first ever winner and the only current 2-time winner. She’s a 10-time world champion between the RHAA National Finals, WGHW, Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association, and the NRCHA.

Buddy has worked on some of the most notable ranches in the world and might be Kelsey’s biggest competition. They’ve come together to breed, raise, and train horses that the public covets. Super talented, super versatile, and super handy, these horses can’t help but please. Standing a Metallic Cat stud on a handful of well-bred mares as well as breeding to some of the most soughtafter stallions in the game today, the Loves have the makings to be around the breeding game for many, many moons.

Get in Touch


Kelsey Love Thomas
Phone: (325) 998-2085
Email: kelstlove@gmail.com
Rising Star, TX

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