Go Rope Team Member Profile - Kim Grubbs
Name: Kim Grubbs
Hometown: Caldwell, ID
Family: Husband, Jake and son, Grady
Occupation: Instructional Coach at an Elementary School (My job is to help teachers reach their full potential in the classroom)
Horses used: Jack is my main man, but only gets the call at the big ones. He’s a 10 year old gelding who is by far the best horse I have ever owned. Dorito is our recent addition to the herd, he’s just 5 by very kind and is stepping up his game. The very few times I crack out the head rope, I use my husband’s horse Primetime. He’s a royal pain to be around, but is outstanding to rope on.
Hobbies/interests aside from roping: Wow, that is a difficult question when you live and breathe roping! I’d say it would have to be anything that involves my son and husband. We golf a little, ride 4 wheelers and enjoy playing games together. But roping is the main event around our place
Biggest accomplishment in the arena: Financially, I’d have to say winning $71,000 in Vegas last year! It’s truly amazing what that kind of money can do for your family. As for emotionally it would be Reno WS, my husband and I recently won the #11 together, we were high call and luckily finished the job! That was pretty special for the both of us.
Biggest accomplishment out of the arena: I’m a firm believer in living right and having faith in God. I pride myself in trying to be a role model in and out of the arena. I think everything you do outside the arena and in life in general, is much more meaningful in the long run.
Favorite Rope: No doubt the C4 by Cactus is my favorite!!
What are you thankful for? I will have to say my blessings are endless. I am so grateful for my family and having God in my life. I have an extremely supportive husband and the best little boy by my side. I am thankful for good horses and having the ability to what I love. I am blessed to have several sponsors. I am proud to be able to represent their products and the opportunities they have given me.
What do you sometimes take for granted? I think sometimes we get busy and forget to stop and realized how awesome we have it. Things can always be a lot worse. I think sometimes when we miss a steer, we may get down or upset, rather than looking at the bigger picture in life. My son does a great job keeping me grounded. I may ride out of the arena disappointed with myself and then I see that smiling face telling me good job! It doesn’t get much better than that!
How does faith tie into your rodeo philosophy or mindset? Faith is everything! God has a plan for us, it may not be what we want right now, but you have to trust him. On a lighter note, every time you ride into the arena you have to have faith (and confidence) that you can be a winner.
Favorite Bible Verse: Phillippians 4:13 I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength
Favorite Memorable Quote: It’s not really a quote, but I remember reading this statement in Mind Gym. It talked about how your mind works better when you tell it WHAT TO DO not what NOT to do! I think the reason I like this so much, is how it relates to each steer we rope, including the big money, short round steer. Don’t get in the mind set of “don’t screw this up, don’t cut the corner, don’t wave it off” instead tell yourself what you need to do! I try to tell myself what I should do, “ride good position, tip down over its back, take it all the way to the feet, etc”. Keeping a positive mind set is key to success.
Favorite Music: I like to listen to most everything out there, pop, country, I like it all.
Favorite movie/tv show: I love the Voice, watching the Seahawks, Reba is a classic too
Favorite Book: Spin to Win, but not sure that counts as a book.
What advice would you give up and coming, or beginning ropers? I’d tell them they need to be willing to put in the work it takes to be the very best that you can be. Don’t ever stop working at it, there is always something that needs changed. If you just try to slide by and do it for fun, you will not achieve your goals. I feel it is super important to set goals for yourself and practice with a purpose.
What do you want to be remembered for? Someone who put forth the effort to be the very best person I could be inside and outside the arena.
What do you hope others think of you? I hope they look at me as a kind hearted and humble person. Someone who works hard at what she does.
Why is Go Rope Clothing Co. more than just an apparel line to you? I believe it is the meaning behind the clothing company that makes it so special. I have told several people how much I love what it stands for. I couldn’t imagine having the ability to rope taken away from me. I think it makes me be even more thankful that I get to do what I love. I know a few people out there that loved roping, but it’s been taken away by tragic accidents. I hope that I get to continue to do what I love, and that I continue to be humble enough to appreciate everything that it has to offer to me.
Biggest disappointment of your rodeo career? I had a pretty good call in the #11 at the WS Finale last year. In the short round I hooked a horn, the rope jerked out of my hand, resulting in a no time. It was strictly bad luck! This was the day after winning $68000 in the #12, so you’d think I wouldn’t care, WRONG! My heart sunk down to the toes of my boots. I couldn’t believe that happened, but it did. This incident just reassured how humbling team roping can be. You can go from the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows! I believe that is why roping is so addicting. Times like that make you work at it just that much harder.