“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 15 years. It all began with an interest in cowboy history and the tools these hardworking 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 local top trainers. Together they collaborate to come up with the perfect design
“By keeping his designs clean and simple his pieces are not only made to last they are also beautiful
“Kelley is recognized as one of the top bit and spur makers in the United States. A specific, unique characteristic is the fact that each and every one of his pieces are 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. And it is true that the innovative swivel points, heft, fit and profile of his bits
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, cowboy action shooters, etc. Many western collectors also recognize the beauty that sets Kelley’s craftsmanship apart.
“In addition to every day consumer, Kelley has also partnered with many different organizations to design trophy bits and spurs. Such organizations include: NCHA, Red Steagall, “Forth Worth” Stock Show, Brazos Bash, Windy Ryon, and more.
“There are a lot 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 workaday. That said, these beautiful spurs and bits are not just to look at, they are frequently seen hard at work.
“Any 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 to a serious collector looking to add art to his display.” -Kerry Kelley Bits & Spurs
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