Kimmie Wall- #AgMoms
We're celebrating the moms in agriculture.
We interviewed 10 #AGMOMS. Each were asked 5 questions. Our goal? To inspire long-time mothers, new mothers, and aspiring mothers who feel overwhelmed, over worked, or moms who just need a little encouragement.
Mom #6: Kimmie Wall
"This life isn’t for the faint of heart but I wouldn’t have it any other way. "
As a professional barrel racer, wife, mother of two, and raising horses, how do keep the balance between pursuing your career and spending time with your family?
I will be honest. Sometimes I feel like I am Ringmaster of a 3 ring circus rather than trying to have a career and family. There are times I feel like we have it all together and there are times I feel like we are shooting in the dark. With my kids being teenagers they have to take on responsibilities and chores to help keep the household and farm running. Also we work as a family. We ride as a family and we play as a family. We have done this since my kids were small. I don’t stress about the small details. If we eat dinner on paper plates but had a great day being together those are the things that count.
What are some of the ways you teach your kids about the ranching lifestyle and to appreciate agriculture?
My kids both have their own horses and they are responsible for their feeding. They know what each horse on our place is being fed and why. I am very particular about our hay. Both the kids know a lot about hay. They have been taught they cannot compete on their horses until they have them in shape. When we take horses to the vet for breeding or injections we schedule them at times they can go. This gives them opportunity to learn more about the health of our horses.
What are some of your favorite memories with Brylee and Stran around the ranch and in the barns?
They both had a love for horses and animals from a young age. They had a no fear attitude when it came to the horses. They both started riding when they were very small. When they wanted to learn how to ride bareback, Brylee was falling off. Stran was going to help stop her horse and they both fell off. Neither of them sad, just mad they fell off.
What do you think your family would be doing if you didn’t have horses or agriculture?
Travis and I both grew up in agriculture. We really don’t know anything different. We both grew up raising cattle. I cannot think of one thing outside of agriculture that I would be or would want to be doing. If I was not rodeoing and raising performance horses I guess we would be ranching. Not really the answer you were looking for, but I am not really the high heels and day job kind of girl.
Can you share some advice for #AgMoms who want to pursue a time-consuming career but are hesitant to take time away from their family?
This is not a 9-5 Job. It’s a lifestyle. But it’s a great way to raise a family. The Ag Lifestyle will teach your kids things that they will never be able to learn in a classroom. Just this week my daughter has been with me to the horse breeding facility. Under the microscope she has seen embryos and eggs pulled from the mare. These are things she would never see in school. The work ethic the Ag Life has taught my kids cannot be bought. My kids are tough as nails- yet have a gentle touch with a newborn foal. This life isn’t for the faint of heart but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Stay tuned for the next #AGMOM interview tomorrow!