My name is Kimberland Terrell Simon I am 32 y/o mother of three great children.
Where are you from? I reside in a small town known as Tarkington, on the outskirt of Cleveland Texas.
When did you start barrel racing? I have been riding since I was 3 years old. All of my memories of childhood are on horses. I have been barrel racing for fun and training horses for about 11 yrs now
What was the name of your favorite horse and tell us a little about it. For the last 2 years I have been competing on higher level and enjoyed it. I have owned MANY nice equine athletes there all special to me from my first pony Candy to my first 1D winner Sparky. Although I have the pleasure to ride the horse I own now, His name is Rey Jays Saint he is a 15 y/o Grulla gelding. He is the most athletic, focused, dependable animal. He has more heart and try then Imaginable and I consider every trip on him a honor
What are some of the events that you have won (or races that stand out in your mind)? As far as wins. I never take any for granted. There is always someone out there that can beat you weather it is a AQHA World Championship or an open rodeo, anyone can win or loose.I do run WPRA and enjoy it
Do you think of yourself as a professional barrel racer? I do not consider myself a professional
If your not a professional barrel racer what do you do for a living? I have a career as an operating room nurse at Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.
Who is your favorite barrel racer or barrel racers? I respect a lot of barrel racers as for as favorites of course Martha Josey and I love to watch Tammy Fontenot (what a rider she is) but my friend Carol McGrew has helped my the most, she is great.I feel barrel racing has came a long way in the past 5 yrs
Over the years have you noticed any changes in barrel racing what are the good or bad you’ve seen? The amount of money won and the amount of money spent on horses, rigs etc. is amazing.
What is do you think of an equal pay out 4d? I feel an equal pay out for all 4 ds is fair. Sometimes it comes down to the most expensive horse etc. and I feel everyone should get a chance even if they have to train and ride there own horse etc. besides everyone pays the same entry fees. I have never heard anyone paying 35% if the entry fee because they only run 3Ds!!
Do you have any advice for anyone just starting out in barrel racing? I have met many wonderful people and horses in this business and hope to always give positive thoughts and ideas to anyone who is competing with me or against me.
Do you think barrel racing should be limited to women only? I feel everyone should get an equal chance be men or women.