owner and trainer
The Striking KMA Performance Horses is a family owned and operated professional horse training operation. Striking KMA Performance Horses is located right in the heart of the bluegrass state and horse capitol of the world. Our owner and trainer, Kelly Murphy, is a professional barrel racer, full time trainer and has been training horses for more than 15 years. With this, Kelly has been featured in the Horse Illustrated magazine several times for her insight on training and barrel racing and was named your 2017 National Horse Trainer of the Year. With her 15 years of experience training and starting colts, focusing on all-around performance horses, and a woman's touch on training, she creates a quiet, soft mouthed, well balanced, eager to learn horse that is ready for any job thrown at them. Kelly offers training on outside horses as well as selling her own performance prospects. At Striking KMA, we have an indoor arena, outdoor arena, Q-line exercise unit and a Theraplate. (more information about the Theraplate can be found under our "vibration therapy" tab in the menu bar above).We also have stalls and separate turn outs for each training horse.
Here at Striking KMA Performance Horses, our primary focus of training includes:
Starting young horses on the barrel pattern
Working with finished or previously patterned barrel horses
Working with problem barrel horses with things such as alley issues, turning style, shouldering, etc.
Seasoning barrel horses
"Parents, let your daughters grow up to be horse girls, because they will learn quickly and repeatedly that life isn't fair, that hard work is often trumped by Lady Luck, and that every defeat, not matter how terrible, is temporary. Let them dream big and kick on. Let them learn confidence, grace and grit. Let them build big muscles and strong backs.
Let your daughters grow up in the barn. Let them learn that buckets need filling and stalls need cleaning, even when it's raining, even when it's frozen, even when they have a different idea for how the day should go.
Teach them to drive trucks and trailers and ATVs. Teach them to change tires and wrap legs and give shots. And let them leave a spur mark, or a bit rub, or a bandage bow, and let them deal with the shame of causing pain to an animal they love.
Let them grow up with horses and with good horse people, because it will teach them to be humble, and to be resilient, and to be brave."
-this poem was written for me by a dear friend and I will cherish it forever