Trick Riding 101 Clinic
The Trixie Chicks are internationally recognized for their entertainment in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, equine expos and events, and their clinic/education program. Team owner, Kelsey Gascon, has an amazing team of horses that have allowed her to win the most trick riding competitions out of any trick rider in the world through-out her 9-year career including the 2015, 2016, and 2018 International Trick Riding Competitions, the 2016 Calgary Stampede Trick Riding Competition, and the 2016 North American Trick Riding Championships. They even like to try and include their sponsored riders, students who are trying to safely get their start in the industry, in some of their events as they travel. We are FAST, FEARLESS, AND FABULOUS and we’re ready for your event!
|Time: 1hr||Skill: Everyone||Location: Schedule|
The Trixie Chicks
Kelsey Gascon & Shelby Epperson
Originally from Bonnots Mill, Missouri, Kelsey’s experience with horses started at 11 years old when she got her first horse, Lightning—she still has him to this day.
In 2011, Kelsey saw a trick riding performance for the first time at BreyerFest. Since then she’s not only learned to trick ride, Roman ride, and train horses, but she’s also won multiple trick riding competition titles.
Along the way, Kelsey also got her Bachelor’s in Animal Science with minor in Equine Studies and emphasis in Agriculture Business & Communication as well as a Master’s Degree in Equestrian Education.
Kelsey loves to share what she’s learned with up-and-coming trick riders through the Trixie Chicks sponsored rider program as well as clinics around the United States and internationally.
When not on the road performing or teaching, Kelsey manages Gascon Horsemanship’s Training Facility & Academy and travels with her husband, The Horse Guru – Michael Gascon, to give horsemanship clinics around the world and fix the world’s most problematic horses.
Shelby grew up in Willard, Missouri and has been riding horses since age 2 when she could sneak to the neighbor’s house to ride their pony. She’s trained all of her own horses since age 6 and grew up traveling the country performing on an equestrian drill team and learning horsemanship skills from world-renowned trainers covering numerous disciplines.
Fun fact—Shelby’s very first trick riding performance was as part of the 2010 World Equestrian Games.
As the original founder of the Trixie Chicks, Shelby met Kelsey in 2012 when she was doing a demo at Missouri State University where they both attended college. Shelby graduated with a Bachelor’s Of Science in Agricultural Business – Enterprise Management with an emphasis in Animal Science.
After meeting, Shelby invited Kelsey to join the team. Together, they’ve built the business, allowing them to become Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association members and perform full-time on the road together prior to moving to Mississippi. They now perform together at all of their events and train their sponsored riders.
When not on the road performing or teaching, Shelby works at Gascon Horsemanship as Kelsey’s best friend, right-hand lady, and Administrative Coordinator.