Brooks, 57, is a cutting horse owner, a non-pro competitor, a breeder and a show producer. She produced the Music City Futurity the past 10 years. She has also earned $320,820 as a non-pro cutting horse rider. Brooks previously served as a state director and NCHA standing committee member and she’s currently a member of the NCHA Executive Committee.
Barbara and her husband, country music singer and nationally syndicated radio host Kix Brooks, have raised cutting horses at Painted Springs Farm in Tennessee since the late 1990s. Horses they own have earned more than $1.3 million so far. Barbara and Kix will celebrate their 30th anniversary in August. They have two children, a daughter, Molly, 24, and a son, Eric, 21. The couple’s children don’t compete as cutters but Kix has competed at celebrity events and in the $2,000 Limit Rider division.
“They [her husband and children] were excited,” Brooks said. “Kix, as a wine guy [Kix and Barbara own a vineyard] popped open a bottle of champagne and we started celebrating. He’s proud of me and very supportive. You have to have that with something that’s going to be as time intensive as this is going to be.”
Her son and daughter were also excited about the news, she added.
“I think it’s kind of a good example for them to put themselves on the line for something they believe in,” Brooks said. “I’m excited and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Brooks, a member of the NCHA Executive Committee the past three years, said she enjoyed campaigning for the position and learned a lot by talking to members.
“I got to hear a similar thought that made me more sure this is the right thing to do. I want people to feel proud of being members again,” she said. “The whole purpose of the association is to serve the members. If we’re not doing that, then we’re not doing our job.
Ballots for the NCHA vice president election were mailed to all members on April 28. Results were counted and verified on June 7 under supervision of the accounting firm Whitley Penn.
The new NCHA vice president took office during the 2011 NCHA Convention, June 17-19 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The vice president becomes president-elect the following year and becomes NCHA president in 2013.
The term of current NCHA President Chris Benedict, Weatherford, Texas, ends and the term of incoming President Keith Deaville, Covington, La., begins at the upcoming NCHA Convention. Also at the convention, Ernie Beutenmiller, Union, Mo., becomes the new NCHA president-elect.
Brooks said she looks forward to working with Deaville and Beutenmiller. “I think I can support Keith and Ernie and I think they have some similar ideas. I think we’ll work well together.”