Jerry Kimmel of Granbury, Texas, has quietly become an icon in the reining world – first as an avid Non Pro, then as an owner of top horses, a breeder, huge benefactor and supporter of the industry, he has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Reining Horse Association. At the Tulsa Reining Classic, set for August 29-September 4, he is a co-owner of Global Reining Sport Group, which produces the event.
Jerry’s Kimmel Reining Horses is also an valued sponsor. For the past six years, Kimmel has supported the popular fall show. Along with providing contestants’ back numbers and exhibitor bags, he also presents the sponsor seating area.
Anne-Marie Burns, with the Global Reining Sport Group, speaks affectionately of her friend and partner. “Jerry is the most kind, thoughtful, generous man in the Reining industry. He is generous with his talents – instrumental in the success of GRSG. He has a long history of supporting reining both financially and from the time he has donated in supporting the Reining Horse Foundation as a board member. Jerry is always quick with a smile and just simply fun to be around.”
The Kimmel reining program has centered around two exceptional stallions – Dun Gotta Gun and Mister Nicadual. Dun Gotta earned over $83,000 in reining competition, with major wins in both open and Non Pro competition and has been memorialized as a Breyer horse. With lifetime earnings over $115,000, Mister Nicadual was a World Equestrian Games Gold and Silver medalist and an American Quarter Horse Association Reining World Champion. Both stallions are in the top 100 of All Time Leading Sires of the National Reining Horse Association.
For information on Kimmel Reining Horses, visit the web site at www.dungottagun.com or the Kimmel Reining Horses FaceBook page.