Born: January 21, 1976
Residence: Hooper, Utah
Horse: RF Firefly “Cleo” (14-year old sorrel mare) – Sire: Smoke N Sparks (PESI Stallion)/Dam: Dots Scooterette
Joined the WPRA: 2009
World titles: 0
Wrangler NFR qualifications: 2 (2010, 2012)
DNCFR qualifications: 1 (2010)
Education: Weber State University, degree in communications
• 2013 - Finished the year ranked 22nd with $52,393; won the Greeley (Colo.) Independence Stampede and the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede
• 2012 – Placed in five out of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR and won $45,643. Finished the year ranked 10th with $109,324; won the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo, the Strathmore (Alberta) Stampede, the average at the IPE & Stampede (Armstrong, British Columbia), the Big Sky ProRodeo Roundup (Great Falls, Mont.) and the Pony Express Days Rodeo (Eagle Mountain, Utah)
• 2011 – Finished the year ranked 30th in the world with $37,078; won the Gooding (Idaho) Pro Rodeo and the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo.
• 2010 – Finished the year ranked 7th with $132,240. Placed in six out of 10 rounds at the NFR, winning the second round in a time of 13.68 seconds; qualified for first DNCFR after finishing second in the Wilderness Circuit behind Nancy Hunter; won the Omak (Wash.) Stampede, the Mountain Valley Stampede (Heber City, Utah), the Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo, the Lehi (Utah) Round-Up and the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo; was Co-champion at the Springville (Calif.) Sierra Rodeo.
• 2009 – Finished the year ranked 24th with $39,343. Won the Farm City Pro Rodeo (Hermiston, Ore.), the Cache County Fair and Rodeo (Logan, Utah) and the semifinal round of the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.) with a 13.81-second run. Finished second at the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede helping to propel her to the lead in the Rookie standings.
Won the 2009 WPRA Rookie of the Year title in barrel racing by more than $14,000 over Jean Winters. Her horse RF Firefly “Cleo” won the Scoti Flit Bar Rising Star Award in 2010.
Husband, Ethan Thouvenell (PRCA steer wrestler)…Enjoys horse racing, being with family and riding horses…Found her horse Cleo through a Google search – she grew up riding a horse that went back to a horse named Dots Jessie. Cleo’s mother is a daughter of Dots Jessie. She found Cleo on the internet so she went to look at the horse which was a scrawny little yearling she said. Kelli trained and competed on her at several futurities and she did a great job…Started the 2009 season with the goal of winning the rookie title in the Wilderness Circuit but thanks to traveling partners Danyelle Campbell and Sue Smith, she won the WPRA Rookie title as well…Grew up in a small farming community and began competing in 4-H rodeos and then went on to high school rodeo (where she first met Danyelle. In fact Danyelle and her father helped Kelli get her first horse). She went on to compete in college at Weber State University.