Jerry Kimmel of Granbury, Texas, has made a lasting mark in the reining world. He’s been an avid Non Pro, an owner of top horses, a breeder, huge benefactor and supporter of the industry and has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Reining Horse Association. He wears a couple more hats at the Tulsa Reining Classic, set for August 31-September 6, as he is a co-owner of Global Reining Sport Group, which produces the event.
His Kimmel Reining Horses is also an valued sponsor. For the past five years, Kimmel has supported the popular fall show. Along with providing contestants’ back numbers and exhibitor bags, he also sponsors the live feed of action from the different arenas.
Colleen McQuay, President of Global Reining Sport Group, speaks warmly of her friend and partner. “When we first met Jerry he already had tremendous success in the pleasure horse world. From the beginning of his early days in reining we enjoyed his enthusiasm and dedication and we knew we were lucky he joined the reining world! Jerry has been our mentor and our friend and his contributions have made an impact on the history of our sport. The Global Reining Sports Group is just one example. We could not do it without his support and guidance. “
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.
For information on the Tulsa Reining Classic, visit the web site at www.tulsareining.com or call (580) 759-2525.