“I love the feel of being on a horse’s back and just going for a run. Ever since I stepped foot on a horse when I was 2 years old, it has been my favorite thing to do,” she says, “especially when you’re on a fast one.”
Kristy has poured everything she had into her passion for horses. Her specialty is in training horses, young and old, that have failed for a reason or another. She's great at figuring out the best way for each animal to get back in peak competition form as soon as possible.
Maybe she knows a bit of what the racing horses are going through: Kristy has had to remake herself because of vocal cord injuries. The music industry was left behind, literally, for greener pastures.
EVERY DAY COUNTS
"I don’t want to sit still. I want to do as many things as I can, because you never know when it’s gonna be your last day you know?," she says. "I’ve always felt that you can do more than one thing in life. And I feel that you can be successful at more than one thing.”
That clarity comes with time and experience. Jordan Muller, a horse trainer apprentice and family friend, has empathy for Kristy. “She’s been through a lot honestly," she says. "Having to sell her favorite barrel horse to not being able to pursue her music dream anymore, I feel like that would be really hard on somebody.”
SHOWING RESPECT FOR THE LAND
Her show, Most Wanted List, is built on a deep belief that Kristy and Lee Orr, Kristy's husband, cherish the land they live on. "I wouldn’t want to live any other way. I feel like this kind of lifestyle teaches respect, teaches responsibility and manners," she says. "You learn about animals and outdoors and all of the things that were such a big part of our history."
Every year, Lee and Kristy look forward to elk hunting. "We like to go out and provide our own food that we put on our own table," Lee says. "We want to live off the land, rely on the land. Eat what we harvest."
BECOMING BETTER EVERY DAY
Lee beams with pride when discussing all that his wife has accomplished. “I think that Kristy is a role model to a lot of little girls," he says, "that look up to a respectable woman in today’s age."
Kristy has one clear goal for the future: to better herself. That means living with no regrets and looking after their home and their land. "I feel like living off the land, doing things on the outdoors and getting outside, I think that’s such a huge thing," she says, "especially for now and for the generations that are to come.
"If you don’t take care of it, if you don’t appreciate and understand and respect any of that, then it’s just that all the beauty of the land is going to be gone."
FAVORITE PLACE TO RIDE
My favorite place to ride would be in Claude Texas on our deer lease. It’s outside of Palo duro canyon and it has a lot of steep terrain, sand beds. Pastures etc... perfect for a little bit of everything. Plus we hunt out there so I use it to haul out my harvest!
BEST OFF-ROAD STORY
I don’t know how to pick one.... I will say that ever since I had a baby. My son Tillman (16 mo) is obsessed with riding in the defender. It’s his favorite thing to do. Anytime we go to the lease and go hunt and he’s mumbling “Broom Broom,” just waiting for the next ride in it it’s a great memory.
Otherwise here’s a short story-One of my favorites is my husband, his friend and my best friend went hog hunting. She and I both shot a hog within 15 minutes of driving to Our spot. It was such a fun night, and We hauled off over 400# of hogs in the back, plus 4 people and a baby. It just cruises through everything with ease.
My biggest inspiration is my sister. She and her family have been through so much. They are missionaries and have the most amazing hearts and love for people. They serve God whole Heartedly and all 5 of their kids are the most amazing, God fearing and obedient kids you’ll see! It takes a certain person to live like she does and to have 100% faith. She inspires me to be a better person, give a little more, complain a little less, and she always tell me when I’m in the wrong. She is the type of person you NEED in your life because her light shines so bright it’s hard to ignore and it’s contagious.
PHILOSOPHY ON LIFE
“ if you always do what you’ve always done. You’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
Crab is my favorite food and a good ribeye steak.
MUSIC TO RIDE TO
Nothing in particular either oldies, or Christian radio. Sometimes I may throw in one of my favorite songs from my album haha.
I have so many proud moments but one of the highest on my chart is finishing #7 on American Idol. That was a huge deal and a great experience. Also, I’d say securing 3 record deals in my life. I was proud of everyone of them because they are So hard to get in general! // The Most Wanted List TV host Upcoming Barrel Racer.
DREAM RIDING LOCATION
I want to ride anywhere the road takes me. I’m always game for the next adventure.
Kristy Lee Cook wants to be successful at everything she does. The Can-Am Defender MAX Lone Star HD10 helps her get it all done.
I love a stereo system in my rig. There’s nothing more fun than cruising with the radio up! The Flip up windshield and winch are a must. There’s to many favorites, I could go on for days.