training for success from the ground up
Offering a training program custom tailored for each individual with specific goals in mind, Cottonwood Creek Ranch horses and riders have accumulated over 130 World and National titles in both performance and equitation.
Consistency and dedication to both clients as well as their horses is apparent in every facet of their training program. Kelly Kraegel and Melissa Swain are organized, professional and known for producing horses who are patient and trusting with solid foundations that take them on to success in their chosen disciplines, whether staying under the direction of CCR, or moving on to new owners or trainers.
Both enjoy breaking young horses and retooling finished horses for new career paths. Many horses have spent time in show rings around the country before joining the CCR program to find their special strength. Kelly and Melissa are complementary in their styles and methods and each are the perfect ground person for the other—a key component in any trainer’s work. They love their jobs and their horses’ and clients’ success is a testament to their devotion to their work.
Junior exhibitors, equitation riders and amateurs will enjoy the fun and competitive atmosphere at CCR. Helping riders of all ages understand how to successfully compete, as well as understand the fundamentals of training, so they are better equipped to make the correct decisions when training and showing their own horses is important to both Kelly and Melissa. They promote sportsmanship and a positive attitude and strive to make every ride or drive a learning experience for all.
With combined career experience spanning more than 60 years and scores of victory passes with both Morgan and Saddlebred horses, Kelly Kraegel and Melissa Swain offer a dynamic pairing that is unequaled in the industry. They are well respected in their profession, offering a large network to assist with finding your next champion, or marketing your last.
— Cottonwood Creek Ranch has trained champions in every discipline —
In Hand | Park Saddle & Harness | Western Pleasure | English Pleasure & Pleasure Driving | Classic Pleasure | Hunter Pleasure | Roadster | Five-Gaited & Three-Gaited | Show Pleasure | Country Pleasure | Saddle Seat Equitation | Hunter Seat Equitation | Western Seat Equitation | Western Dressage