Helen Kleberg Groves, the only child of Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg, was born October 20, 1927, in San Antonio, Texas, and was raised on the King Ranch in Kingville, Texas. She attended Foxcroft School in Middleberg, Virginia, and later Vassar College. Groves is the president and on the board of various family foundations and has been the director and president of numerous horse and cattle associations, including lifetime vice president of the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association. She is the recipient of the prestigious Order of Australia, bestowed by the Governor General on behalf of the Queen, as well as many distinctive honors from museums, boards, and foundations. Groves is a successful rancher, raising Santa Gertrudis and crossbred cattle, and she continues to breed and race Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, primarily of the King Ranch AQHA registered strains. She is an avid quail hunter and resides in South Texas.