Kimmy grew up on the small island Hatteras Island, NC and rode her first pony when she was 3 years old. By 8 years old, she received her first package of lessons for her birthday. I could stop there, because the rest is history.
After many successes as a junior, including Best Child Rider at VHSA Associate Finals 2 years in a row and Champion Childrens Hunter 3 years in a row (on Make My Day, who she still owns at 26 years old in 2021). Kimmy then spent her amateur career riding and being a working student for famed hunter riders/trainers Louise Serio and Chris Wynne. While riding with these 2 trainers, Kimmy was able to learn the art of exceptional farm and horse management. Her experiences took her to such shows as Winter Equestrian Festival for several seasons, Saratoga, Capital Challenge, Kentucky, Upperville...the list goes on. During this time, she brought along her first young hunter, Popularity, taking her from a 4 year old doing the baby greens to the amateur hunters. The lessons she learned, both in the tack and from the ground, are still utilized to this day. Thanks to these experiences, Hickory Manor can provide the care appropriate for future upper level stars.
Due to a riding accident that ended her competitive career, Kimmy looked for a way to stay involved in the sport. She was introduced to 2 breeders, and once again we can say the rest is history. She started breeding with just 1 mare in 2013. Since then, the breeding program has become nationally recognized, producing 5-7 foals a year for the hunter/jumper discipline. Our offspring have won multiple Top 10 awards for their registry, and are now carrying those winning ways to the show ring. Additionally, in 2020 Kimmy was Reserve Champion Breeder for the Young Horse Show series due to the high scores received by horses she bred.
These days, Kimmy spends her time growing her business that has developed into a 'one stop shop' for young horse owners. She is achieving the dream of providing a pathway from breeding, raising, starting undersaddle and showing. She recognized the need for this type of program, and it has become very successful with our first horses turning 4 this year. Our program has produced winners on the line, at the young horse show series, and undersaddle. In 2019, we had the leading 3 year old undersaddle at Young Horse Show Finals, Prince K (Popeye K/Regazzoni) bred by Elisha Massong owned by Deanna Morphy. In 2020, we had the year end national highest scoring 4 year old over fences, Quaralia EVS (Diktator vd Boslandhoeve/Chasseur I) owned and bred by Eden Valley Stables.
Outside of the barn, Kimmy has been equally as successful. She holds a BS in Equine Studies/Management from Dickinson State University, which she received while getting real life experience riding and working. Currently, Kimmy is the Vice President of the US Sport Horse Breeders Association and is a part of their education committee as well. Additionally, she has been very involved with governance for both USHJA and USEF, holding positions currently and in the past on USEF Amateur Committee, USHJA Hunter Working Group, USHJA Hunter Breeding, and USHJA Young Hunter. In 2017, she was awarded the USHJA Presidents Distinguished Service Award for her work with the Sallie B Wheeler Hunter Breeding National Championship.