By Krista Lucas
Kidd is a name synonymous with the motorcycle world. The family is well known for producing motor sports events, but Tammy Kidd is making waves in the growing barrel racing industry. Her events are becoming the ones barrel racers from near and far will travel to attend.
Her family-run company, Wild West Promotions, started out getting maybe 20 or so entries and has expanded to getting up to 300 or more barrel racers at some events. Kidd is an avid barrel racer herself but started out in the motorcycle industry.
Many may not know that her dad, Mike Kidd, was a professional motorcycle racer, and won many titles including Grand National Champion in 1981.
“It took a few years to convince my parents that I wanted a barrel horse,” Kidd said. “We were strictly into motorcycle racing. We had no clue about horses. In 1995, my parents bought me my first barrel horse, “Cottons Genuine Doc.” Cotton taught her more than any other horse she has owned, teaching her how to win and lose.
“Cotton was named Horse of the Year in 1997 at the North Texas High School Rodeo Association. We won a lot together, and I retired him in 2000,” Kidd said. “After Cotton, I was blessed to ride some amazing horses that got me qualified for the National High School Rodeo Association state finals multiple times, and I made the Nationals in Gillette, Wyo., my senior year.
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