Brian, Kim, and Bronc
Kim started KB Horse Camp after she graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton Georgia, with a Registered Nurses Degree and an Animal Science Degree. Kim says many people have asked her why she didn't want to be a nurse and make all that money? She replies, "When I die, I will be able to say that I did something that I loved to do my whole life. I will have no regrets. Even if I die broke, I followed my dream and did what I do best. And that is being a Cowgirl! But, most importantly, I pray many kids will come to know the Lord through KB Horse Camp because the Lord and my salvation are the most important things in my life."
She continues, "It took me a long time to start winning. I had to make my own horses from scratch. I did not have parents that could go and buy a $20,000 dollar horse. They always thought I was crazy going to compete and throwing my money away. Now that I am winning they are very proud that I followed my dreams. I still have a long way to go, and my dream is to find that barrel horse that will take me to the National Finals Rodeo in Vegas."
Kim received a scholarship to rodeo for ABAC for three years on their National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) rodeo team. She competed in team roping (both heading and healing), barrel racing, and breakaway roping.
Kim says, "My love for rodeo and horses led me to start putting on camps for kids. I also like teaching personal lessons abut roping and barrel racing. I believe that horses kept me out of trouble when I was younger. When I am not working with kids, I am on the road competing. I have traveled as far as Michigan to compete. I like meeting new kids, and teaching them about the sport of rodeo."
"My camps have been very successful. I have been putting the camps on at different places, but I have decided to start having them at my home in Hahira, Ga. I am trying to fix up my place at this time. By next summer, I hope to have my own pond built so the kids can swim with the horses. I have been trying to get sponsors, so I can pass out awards at the end of each camp. I like to give out real belt buckles. When a child receives a belt buckle, they think they have defeated the world. We need programs to keep children out of trouble, and horses will take up a lot of a child's free time."
Kim also likes to take her animals to various events such as birthday parites, grand openings, and much more. She has donkeys, goats, horses, ponies, a miniature horse, and her very own cow dog. Kim had the opportunity to work cattle for about nine years. She helped catch cattle in the woods when they got out. She also took the horses and dogs to different places to round the cattle up and work them. She says this was a very rewarding job. "When you are riding across the pasture on your horse and the sun starts to rise, it is something that money can't buy."
Brian assists Kim with the management and workings of KB Horse Camp and helps haul students to rodeo and other horse-related competitions.
Brian competed in the Georgia High School Rodeo Association when he was in high school. He won the All-Around title two years in a row. He competited in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, calf roping, steer wrestling, and cutting every year. He won the bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, and cutting events his senior year. He also placed high in team roping, calf roping, and steer wrestling every year.
Brian also trains horses and hauls livestock across the United States. Many people have described him as an "awsome trainer." Kim says she has only seen him bucked off once in the seven years she has known him. Brian does not beat the horse. He allows the horse to progress at his or her own speed. Brian charges $550 a month per horse. Contact KB Horse Camp for hauling fees and any other information.