Professional Title: Marketing Strategist, The American Quarter Horse Association
Home: Fort Sumner, New Mexico
“Jesus Follower, Rancher’s Wife, Cook Boss, Kree’s Mom, Eastern New Mexican and AQHA Employee all make up who I am. I have a passion for advocating for the western way of life and cooking for cowboys. I currently work full time from my husband’s family cattle ranch as a Marketing Strategist for the American Quarter Horse Association where I have worked for seven years. I also get to keep my daughter, Kree with me at home. It is often a juggling act, between fulfilling deliverables for AQHA corporate partners, entertaining a toddler and cooking for cattle works, but wouldn’t want it any other way. I grew up in the agriculture industry showing lambs and participating in 4-H and FFA. I landed an internship with AQHA the summer before graduating from West Texas A&M with a bachelors in Agricultural Communications and Media and a minor in Animal Science. Luckily, there was a position open in the marketing department during my internship, I applied, and the rest is history. Seven years later, my experience has grown, my knowledge of the horse industry has increased immensely as well as my passion for the western way of life and all it represents.”
Vision for the future of women in the Western industry: “My vision for the future of women in the Western Industry is to tell the story of the western way of life and the many areas it touches. We live in a digital world. I think this is the opportunity to tell the TRUTH about AGRICULTURE, to share the good of the industry. I also think it is important to be confident in where you fit into the fold of the western way of life. For me, I know I am best suited feeding hungry cowboys and advocating for the horse industry. Yes, I can ride a horse or vaccinate a calf in the branding pen, but it is important to understand that every aspect of agriculture is important. Don’t let cowboys fool you, they are tough, but they need a good wife to keep the operation moving forward.”
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