WELCOME!!

My name is Kelly Murphy and I am a full time barrel racer, horse trainer, part time model with C.M Modeling, and mother to two beautiful children. I have been riding horses since I was a little girl which led to the start of my barrel racing career at age 11. Barrel racing has been my passion in life. I am a hardworking, dedicated, passionate, driven individual that believes that everyone should be given a chance to chase their dreams, and in order to make dreams come true, everyone needs a strong support team. In 2006, I joined High School rodeo which launched my barrel racing career into full swing and now is my lifelong career!

I proudly own and operate my own business which is a fully functioning equine training, breeding, boarding and conditioning facility that is constantly growing.

 

*In 2016 I had my first crop of performance horse prospects by our stallion CATS HILLBILLY BUCK.

 * In 2017 I was name National Horse Training of the Year

*In 2018 I recorded and released my equine training videos

* In 2019, I introduced my equine exercise, condition and interval training program by addition the Q-line Equine Exercise by Vitafloor exclusively here at K Bar C Ranch. We have the only Q-line walker in the state of Kentucky.

I thank God everyday for my many blessing, my farm and my family and I can't wait to see what the future holds for us! 

*In 2020, we changed our brand. We are now K Bar C Ranch home to K Bar C Performance Horses and K Bar C Arena.

Career Highlights & Accomplishments:

2006:

  • Joined high school rodeo!!

  • KY high school rodeo State Barrel Racing Champion

  • 3rd place rookie of the year in KY high school rodeo

  • 3rd place all around cowgirl in KY high school rodeo

  • KY high school rodeo queen 2006-2007

  • Chosen member for the Wrangler All-Star Team

  • National High School Rodeo Qualifier 

  • Represented the state of Kentucky at the National Finals

  • Finished 7th overall in the national standings at the 2006 National High School Finals

  • Finished 4th overall in the All-Around Cowgirl standings at the 2006 National Finals

2007:

  • Chosen captain of the Wrangler All-Star Team

  • Awarded the Marque Moore Spirit Award for honor and dedication to the sport of rodeo

  • Won 8-10 high school rodeos

  • Won 3rd place state title in KY high school rodeo

  • Qualified for the National High School Finals rodeo

  • Won 10th in round two at the National Finals

  • Was Offered a full ride College Rodeo scholarship to Howard College in Big Springs, Texas

  • 2007-2009 Competed in the Southwest College Rodeo region (this region is the toughest region to compete in, in college rodeo)

2009:

  • ​Graduated with my Associates of Science

  • Was Offered another full ride College Rodeo scholarship to the University of Arkansas Monticello

  • 2009-2011 Competed in the Ozark College Rodeo Region.

2011:

  • Graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Human Services

  • Was chosen to be on the patch sponsor program for Bio Care/Morinda Care animal products out of Provo, Utah

2012:

  • Started my own business, KM Performance Horses, training horses, breaking horses and giving lessons

  • 2012/2013 & 2014 KM PERFORMANCE HORSES was featured in HORSE ILLUSTRATED and YOUNG RIDER

2014:

  • Acquired new sponsors, Chrome Girl Accessories out of Venetia, Pennsylvania 

  • Was selected to be on the 2014 Holy Cow Couture Professional Athlete Team out of Stillwater, Oklahoma

 

2015 & 2016:

  • Established the home of the Striking KMA Performance Horses training facility and boarding barn.

  • Started standing CATS HILLBILLY BUCK aka "Brick" grandson to the one and only 70 million dollar sire HIGHBROW CAT and started lineage.

  • Established the home of the Striking KMA Performance Horses training facility and boarding barn.

  • Started standing CATS HILLBILLY BUCK aka "Brick" grandson to the one and only 70 million dollar sire HIGHBROW CAT and started lineage.

  • Bought an OTTB named STORM PROSPECTOR in December 2016 to train for the 2017 Retired Racehorse Project.

2017:

2017:

  • Competed in the American Ranch Horse Association with CATS HILLBILLY BUCK in reining, working cow horse, working ranch horse and barrels. 

  • Retired Race Horse Project with STORM PROSPECTOR

  • Started our endeavors in the race horse industry

  • Will have our first full crop of CATS HILLBILLY BUCK babies from all four of our Striking KMA mares!!

  • October 2017 I competed in barrels on STORM PROSPECTOR in the Retired Racehorse Project, Day 1 one we placed 2nd in the competition out of 27 horses and Day 2 we placed 1st in the competition out of 27 horses. With our average score we made it in 1st place back to top 5 and came back to run in the finale where we won Reserve Champions in Barrels. 

  • November 2017 I was nominated for National Horse Trainer of the Year!!!

  • Gained an amazing new feed sponsor: Excel Equine Feeds

  • Accepted the grand award of becoming the 2017 National Horse Trainer of the Year by Greatmats!!!! Visit this link to read my story: http://m.jessaminejournal.com/…/dedication-leads-to-success/

2018/2019:

  • Established our Flyin' A Arena Barrel Racing Jackpot Buckle Series

  • Broke ground for our Q-Line Exerciser 

  • Updated our boarding/training facilities

2020:

  • Launch our Q-Line Maintenance, Conditioning and Rehabilitation program

  • Maintain our 5-Star boarding & training program

  • Extend my breeding Program

  • Grow my barrel horse sale line-up

  • Get back on the rodeo trail

  • Enhance my training program 

  • Re-Name, Re-Vamp and Re-Brand! Still setting big goals and exceeding our client expectations in equine training, rehab, fitness & conditioning, boarding and client relations.

  • As of March 16, 2020 we are now K B C Ranch home of K Bar C Performance Horses and K Bar C Arena

Other Interesting Personal Facts:

  • Competed in many super shows finishing in the top division

  • Bought my pro-rodeo permit at age 13

  • Won numerous IPRA rodeos before I turned 18

  • Competed in the WPRA Texas Circuit and Turquoise Circuit

"Being a champion isn't buying the most expensive horse, having the most expensive barn, trailer or tack. Being a champion isn't winning a class or a buckle. Being a champion isn't always glory and great times.

Being a champion is love, passion, hard work and dedication. It's tears and screaming, it is not always easy. It's working no matter what conditions you have to do it in. It is late nights and early mornings, it's horses before yourself, before your friends, often before your family. It's sore bodies, bruises and cuts. It's vet bills and last dimes to make sure they have all they need. It's crying in their mane when you've had a bad day. It's smiling when they finally get that thing you've been trying to teach them for a month. It's having the best network of people to care for them and to support you. it's farriers, vets, dentists, chiropractors, feed store owners, husband's wives, family, friends and even enemies. It's learning how to take the good with the bad and never knowing what each day may bring. it's happy and the sad. It's high and lows. It's wanting to give up but never doing so. Most of all, it's all the love that you feel every time you see those eyes and hear that nicker. Being a champion really has little to do with victories in the show pen as it does with victories on every road to get to that show. Being a champion is living for what you love and loving what you do and who you do it with and NEVER giving up. The victories are many and the ribbons and the buckles are icing on the cake so to say. 

Being a champion is so much more than just winning...and once you can learn that, you too will be a champion."

-Carri Hansen

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