Kim Widner was born in April of 1959, to Timothy and Thelma Dosier. Her parents were Californians raised by southerners. Her father was in the Navy, and came to Seattle and met her mother. Her mother’s family had moved to Washington in the early 1950s. Her grandfather hunted with hounds, he had a huge kennel, with all types of farm animals, including horses, which soon became Kim’s favorite. There are lots of working cowboys in the family and her Aunt owned a historic ranch in Wyoming. “Can’t get any more cowboy than being killed by lightening with your horse, that’s how my aunt became a widow.” Kim recalls. As it turned out with military kids, she attended three high schools in 3 years, Hawaii, Orange Co CA and Bothell Washington.
Cultivating her vast interest in horses, she became CHA Certified as a riding instructor and kept up that certification for 20 years. She developed a children’s program for a camp and ran that for 6 years, with a focus on skills with horses. She had a therapy riding program and trained Central Washington University students, who majored in recreation. This gave them an appreciation for the horse program with disabled and also as recreation instructors. It was through this experience she learned grant writing and nonprofit status issues.
Kim wrote for a newspaper, The Daily Record in Ellensburg, Washington for a number of years, with a regular column called “The Essential Equestrian”. In addition she contributed to a regional magazine on the western lifestyle. Kim enjoys a “Life” Membership of Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association since 1989. In 2012 She began volunteering for Twhbea committees. She served as the Washington State Director, for two terms, finishing In 2019. Kim also served as a presenter for with the “Performance Horse Summit” held by Twhbea. Kim’s vast involvement includes memberships as a Certified Horsemanship Assn (CHA), the National Spotted Saddle horse, American Hackney Horse Assn, Quarter Pony Assn of America, American Paint Horse Assn, The American Quarter Horse Assn, Back Country Horsemen of America and the BCHA-Washington State Chapter, along with a number of saddle clubs. She is the past Secretary and current VP of Western International Walking Horse Assn, a USDA registered Horse Industry Organization.
It was Lane Curry of Black Watch Farms in Maple Valley Washington where she bought her first walking horses . Lane encouraged her to use her natural ability to work in the horse industry through promotion, demonstrations, education and volunteering. He bred, sold and trained, all types of gaited horses. Another mentor was Frank Beard of Ellensburg WA. Beard was a NFR stock contractor in the PRCA “Born to Buck” program. Her grandfather, Earl Cisco, was a houndman and advocate for Hunting. He was a Professional Guide and bred and trained Walker Coonhounds and Bluetick Hounds. He worked with Washington State to implement “Fair Chase” laws. He found success in this matter going to Olympia and speaking to the State legislature.
Kim enjoys showing Tennessee Walkers ,but has also served all types of volunteering at the shows , from paddock manager to Show Secretary. In addition to countless horse clubs she enjoys her service to Washington State Horse Council ,Washington State Farm Bureau, and Washington State Horse Park Board of Directors.
Kim married Philip Widner in 1977, who also shares her love for riding. They have a son Patrick, with daughter in law Jen, and their 2 grandchildren, all of whom live on the farm and enjoy the horses!
Kim and her family own and live on the Iron Mountain Ranch, in Cle Elum, Washington, and have since 1989