Kim Keeton, DVM, MRCVS, CVA
Hope Thomas
"There are many
things in life that will
catch your eye, but
only a few that will
catch your

- The Winners Sports
Hope is a life long resident of Oconee County and farming (sheep, cows,
cotton and hay) is part of the family history. Before graduating high
school, she was named the MVP of both the softball and track teams,
earning first place in the State for Discus, and a softball scholarship to
Kennesaw State College.  

After graduating from UGA, she worked in environmental consulting and
hazardous material remediation, during which she found relaxation as a
dressage groom for a college friend. Her dream became to breed her
own horse and she then invested her heart and soul into what has
become Coyote Creek Farm.

Though she does not ride, Hope is a very attentive groom and barn
owner, and she prides herself in raising friendly foals with appropriate
manners.  She enjoys spending time spoiling the resident farm critters
and believes that every horse is an individual who should be treated

In her traditional competitive nature, Hope has become an avid fan of
eventing, and has worked hard to create an environment for her young
prospects to be correctly raised and trained.  Hope has a keen interest
in cross county course design, and has taken classes with Roger Haller
and John Williams.  
Kim is from Atlanta, Georgia, and has been riding since the
age of 8. She spent 10 years working as a camp counselor in
Cloudland, GA, before attending Otterbein College in Westerville,
Ohio for a degree in Equine Science. Kim subsequently completed
her DVM degree at the University of Georgia. While there, she
externed under Dr. Keith Merrit at Merritt and Associates Equine
Hospital in Wacounda, IL, Dr. Kent Allen at Virginia Equine Imaging
in Middleburg, VA, and Dr Debbie Williamson, an FEI vet in Ball
Ground, GA.

Kim has just returned from 20 months of working and competing in
England. She owns Coyote Creek Equine Veterinary Services at
CCF in Watkinsville and thoroughly enjoys equine reproduction,
lameness, and complementary therapies (including acupuncture and

Outside of her work as an equine veterinarian, she brings along the
farm's young horses and has experienced such victories as the
2009 United States Eventing Association's 4 year old Young Event
Horse Championship with Coyote Creek's homebred stallion
"Accolade." Kim also competes through the Intermediate level in
eventing with her off-the-track TB - Wade and Tay "Tate." She has
produced several other horses through the Preliminary level of
eventing including "Burnt Sienna," "Laila," and the wonder pony
Management at Coyote Creek Farm
Hope and L'Pree