Newly wed Kim Richards (nee Trevathan) and her husband Nick live in the peaceful community of Hyde located in Strath-Taieri. A true perfect woman Kim farms alongside Nick on his parents 4100ha property. They run a mix of fine wool and mid micron merino breeding ewes and beef cattle.
Central Otago has been in Kim’s blood since birth having been brought up on the other side of province on a sheep and beef farm in Tarras with her two sisters. She always had keen interest in agriculture but was encouraged to venture off farm and discover other interests following high school.
So it was off to the depths of Invercargill to complete a diploma in vet nursing. Over this time Kim spent most of her summer holidays working for tailing gangs around central. Not only a great money earner for a student but also an amazing way to meet some great people and work on some spectacular properties.
Following the completion of her diploma Kim and two close friends set off on an adventure of a different kind and travelled to the Kimberly’s in Western Australia were they were lucky enough to secure a job on a cattle station. It was while they were there that Kim had the opportunity to give camp drafting and barrel racing a go at a few local rodeos on some of the stations horses.
This is what started Kim’s love for a sport she is now very passionate about and dedicated to. Over the summer months you can find her and her trusty stead Buzz barrel racing at rodeos across the South Island. This year was an exceptional special year for Kim not only did she marry her best friend but she also broke into the ‘open’ rodeo ranks after many years of hard work and dedication. Well done Kim. She is also one of the friendly faces behind the Central Otago barrel racing series which has enabled many girls throughout Otago & Southland get young horses started and also encourage others to have a go.
After returning from Australia Kim then spent a year doing casual farm labour before securing a job managing the Ranfurly vet clinic. This promoted the move to Hyde to be with now husband Nick. After being at the vets for 4 years she was ready for a change and now can be found on the farm daily. Like all job changes Kim has really enjoyed learning yet again more skills to add to her capabilities list. From learning to run working dogs to day to day farm activities she says she has really enjoyed it all and the change. It has also enabled her to live a more flexible life being able to ride during the middle of the day mustering sheep or cattle which is a great way to keep her barrel pony fit.
They say a change is as good as a holiday and for you Kim it sounds like you have found your perfect job that you were born to do! Great work and continue being the passionate Ag woman you are.