Born on a pickup seat on its way to Laramie, Wyoming after her mom's horse took a stumble moving cattle, Kim grew up in Northern Colorado and later Northern Idaho, raising and showing horses and livestock. She has won multitudes of awards local, state, and national showing horses both English and Western. She went to 4-H Congress for public speaking and state livestock judging team. Kim also enjoyed hunting and competing in shooting events along with helping her father on weekends with his auctioneering business. This is where Kim also learned to Auctioneer.
Kim's Junior and Senior year in high school started ponying and exercising at the local racetrack for a family friend as a job. She then moved on to be a Jockey. The money was good, but extremely rough lifestyle, even for a girl. Kim was studying pre-Veterinarian, but one weekend a group of girlfriends decided to join the Marine Corps. Out of the group of five, she was the only one that made it a career. Kim went to bootcamp November 1976 where she spent Christmas. Her mother as a joke sent a “horse turd” as a gift from her horse. Boy, that went over very well!
Ann spent the first six years of her life on her father’s 1928 homestead just north of Joshua Tree National Park. In those early years, she was underfoot at the family businesses, where her parents, Bill and Prudie Underhill, were publishing the Desert Trail Newspaper and running the 29 Palms Theatre at the corner of Two-Mile Road and Adobe Road (now Combat Barber).
With the announcement that the Marine Corps Base was coming to 29 Palms, the Underhills moved “in town” to Broadview and began building the Starlite Twin Drive-In Theatre and Roller rink across from today’s Post Office. Ann’s jobs grew from folding popcorn boxes to working in the concession stand, to selling tickets, and – eventually – running the projection machines.