COWGIRL 30 Under 30 2022: Kelsey Gascon
Professional Title: Owner, Assistant Director, Marketing/Event Coordinator, Public Relations Director, Gascon Horsemanship & Trixie Chicks Trick Riders
Home: Poplarville, Mississippi
Kelsey Gascon is a professional trick rider, Roman rider, horse trainer, and overall businesswoman/entrepreneur in the WesternIndustry from Poplarville, MS.
She travels around the United States and internationally doing both performances and clinics. She has won many trick riding competitions throughout her career including her biggest competition year in 2016. She won theInternational Super Ride Trick Riding Competition, Calgary Stampede Trick Riding Competition in Alberta, Canada, and was crowned the 2016 North American Trick Riding Champion while competing in Las Vegas, NV during the National Finals Rodeo.
When not on the road performing or teaching, she 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. She strives to make a difference in the lives of horses and their owners!
Their business of Gascon Horsemanshipencompasses many branches including horse training, horse expos, clinics/retreats, horse training academy, sale horses, online horse training membership program, and an onsite western Airbnb. All of these businesses allow her to utilize her skills from both of her degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, Minor: Equine Studies, Emphasis in Agricultural Communication and business (From Missouri State University), and a Masters of Education in Equestrian Education (from William Woods University).
Vision for the future of women in the Western industry: “In an industry that is rapidly growing, the Western world is adding so many opportunities for women to live the lifestyle of their dreams. My vision for the Western industry is that women of all ages can utilize this growth and easy accessibility (due to social media) to not only change the world by educating others on all of the amazing things that this industry has to offer but also doing a better job of networking with other women to lift others upon their journeys. One issue that I have seen in this industry is that it can get very competitive (and even cut-throat) and not necessarily in a way that is beneficial to growth in a positive direction. I would love to see women in this industry support one another more openly and be excited for others, no matter where they’re at on their success journey.”