Derby Contenders

Helen K. Groves

Helen Groves is a direct descendent of Richard King of the legendary King Ranch in Texas. Her father, Robert Kleberg developed the thoroughbred side of the ranch and is synonomous with the success of King Ranch. 1946 Triple Crown winner Assault and 1950 Kentucky Derby winner Middleground are just two of the many top thoroughbreds to wear the famous King Ranch silks. Helen, an accomplished equestrian, began riding at the age of 4 and was working cattle by age 10. She is in the National Cutting Horse, National Cowgirl and Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Her daughters Helen Alexander, Emory Hamilton, Henrietta George and Dorothy Matz (wife of trainer Michael Matz) have all had success in the thoroughbred industry as well. Helen Groves bred champion Althea and bred and raced Grade 1 winner Acoma.