Veterinarian Kathy Grimes of Medical Lake, WA pocketed $111,785.38 after just 45 rodeos this year, and is off to take on the Thomas and Mack this December as your number six cowgirl. She will be bringing KG Justiceweexpected- Issy- 10 year old mare by Judge Cash out of Do It For Beau and KG Blazin Nine-Oh- Ruby-7 yr old mare by Blazin Jetolena out of Do It For Beau.
What are your main mounts quirks?
Issy sees a gate and likes to go- we tend to avoid side gate entries if possible!
What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
It was my first time at Houston and I was amazed at how well they treated the contestants!
What has been the best advice you’ve been given regarding barrel racing or rodeo?
Just keep going!
If you were just starting out now, who would you train under, what clinics would you be taking? Who do your morals line up with?
There are lots of great trainers to chose from these days! With technology/social media there is lots of great info available!
With all the miles made, what kept the WNFR dream alive for you?
We had a great winter winning 80K by the end of Houston so I didn’t have to haul too hard over the summer which was really nice!
We all know that being competitive takes mental strength. What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo? Do you do anything before a run to keep your nerves in check?
Mental toughness is definitely something I have to work on- everything is easy when you are winning but the hard part is keeping a positive attitude when things aren’t going your way. I have confidence in my horses and I try not to be the weak link!
As a veterinarian, what therapies do you include in your program to keep your horses feeling and competing at their very best?
Balanced nutrition and exercise! Adequan for joint support and a flexineb for respiratory support.
When shopping, what areas of conformation turn you off? What points of confirmation do your prospects absolutely must have?
Good balance is important for soundness and I like a narrow angle in the hip- increases their speed.
What would you like to see be done in the industry to better rodeo as a sport?
Improve safety measures in the arena- whether it be the ground or gate/alleyway area.
Kathy would like to thank her sponsors LMFFeeds, Best Ever Pads, and Nine-Oh Barrel Horses.
Photos submitted by Kathy*