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This horse trainer and country music singer is living her childhood dream – MarketWatch

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Kimberly Burke has always had two passions: music and riding horses. “If you’d asked me at 3 years old, what did I want to do when I grew up? I would answer: ‘I want to be a singer and a cowgirl,’” she said. “It’s in my baby book.”

Burke, 49, who lives in Boyce, Virginia on a 62-acre farm with an 18-stall barn, is living her childhood dream jobs.

How many of us can say that?

On one hand, she is running her own successful equine business. She’s an a…….

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Kimberly Burke has always had two passions: music and riding horses. “If you’d asked me at 3 years old, what did I want to do when I grew up? I would answer: ‘I want to be a singer and a cowgirl,’” she said. “It’s in my baby book.”

Burke, 49, who lives in Boyce, Virginia on a 62-acre farm with an 18-stall barn, is living her childhood dream jobs.

How many of us can say that?

On one hand, she is running her own successful equine business. She’s an accomplished trainer and show competitor at the A-level, or top echelon, of the hunter-jumper world in the southeastern U.S.

And on the other, she is kicking up a career in country music.

Burke had a taste of what performing in the razzle-dazzle heart of Nashville might be like prior to the pandemic when she and her son traveled to the Music City, and she took the stage to play an original song at the legendary Bluebird Cafe.

“All the history of that place,” she said. “It was cool. I’ve been performing for fun over the years in lots of different kinds of bands from a bluegrass band to a nine-piece funk band to by myself with an acoustic guitar. I’m comfortable on stage and playing, but all of a sudden it was the Bluebird, and my knees were knocking a little. You feel the power of the Bluebird. It was a big experience for me because I felt I’m supposed to be doing this.”

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During the pandemic, she dipped back into writing and recording country music and performing outdoors at local venues in the Virginia countryside to a growing fan base.

 “I’m not getting any younger, and I really want to pursue more of the music,” Burke said. “I’m in that process right now of trying to figure out how to balance both.”

Burke studied classical voice in college and sang opera. But after college, she landed a job on a horse farm and that led her down a different trail. “The horses were an easier career in many ways,” she said. “I started my own business 22 years ago. My son, now 18, rode, and he was able to come with me to the shows, so I could be the kind of mom that I wanted to be.”

Her love and respect for horses has clung to her since she took her first walk atop a horse as a toddler. “Horses are amazing animals,” Burke said. “There have been studies recently about a horse’s heart and the energy that emanates out of a horse is something humans feel that. That’s why they’re good therapy animals. There’s real magic of having a partnership with horses. Fortunately, I’ve been able to turn that into …….

Source: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-horse-trainer-and-country-music-singer-is-living-her-childhood-dream-11637115023