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Meet Jenn Zeller, Founder Of The South Dakota Cowgirl

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Meet Jenn Zeller, Founder Of The South Dakota Cowgirl Get to know this extraordinary western lifestyle blogger!

Jenn Zeller The South Dakota Cowgirl Magazine

Jenn Zeller.

The South Dakota Cowgirl is a western lifestyle blogger and influencer who takes to social media to promote and share her love for the cowgirl way of life.

“Jenn Zeller founded the South Dakota Cowgirl as a way to share her passion for ranching, horses, photography, and the western lifestyle. Through her lens, she shares her adventures as a rancher, horsewoman, and advocate for the agricultural industry. Whether you are looking for a glimpse into life on a working ranch, the rodeo road she often travels, information on topics affecting the agricultural industry today, or a delicious ranch-style recipe, there is something here for you! In addition to ranching, Jenn is also a photographer, social media influencer, columnist, and marketing and communications consultant.” – The South Dakota Cowgirl

Learn more about this influential cowgirl all while browsing through a selection of gorgeous photos from her Instagram feed!

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We've battled soreness, anxiety (mine) and struggled to clock this year. It wasn't until I COMPLETELY let go of all my fears (fear of falls, fear of failure, fear of the unknown) that we started to act as a team. As long as there is doubt in me, my horse can't believe in me either. The same is true for those around us. If we don't believe in ourselves, we can't expect anyone else to do it for us. Photo by @jnj_photo . @arenushealth #EquineHealth #EquineNutrition #arenusanimalhealth #teamarenus #benefabbysorenomore #sorenomore #PerformanceHorse #HealthyAsAHorse #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #photography #barrelhorse #barrelracing #noaveragejoe022 #goaviego #runavierun #goteamblond #barrelracer #fearthebigyellowhorse #headlesshorseman2018

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“Hi, my name is Jenn. I figured it’s time to take a moment and introduce myself because there’s so many new faces around here. I’ve got a handsome, handy partner in life and he’s my biggest cheerleader. He’s also the reason I get to run barrels and take all these pretty photos. He does the heavy lifting and I have the fun! He’s got two amazing kids that never cease to amaze me with their talents. I’m blessed to be part of their lives.

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“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” -Helen Keller . . . I’ll add to that my thoughts: You can hope all you want to achieve your goals, but until you try, until you take the first step to be who you want to, to do what you want to do, hope alone won’t get you there. Action will inspire confidence. And experience will gain you confidence. . . . Knowing these things and doing these things aren’t always easy either. It’s taken me a long time to get brave enough to try a lot of the things I have wanted to get good at. I’m not exceptional yet, but I’m trying. What do you want to become exceptional at in your life? Are you trying? Or just hoping? #selfcare #selfimprove #dxandthecity #cosmogirl #thedxranch #shotoniphone #bluesky #clouds #hifromsd #southdakota #sorrelmare #horsesofinstagram #prettyhairdontcare

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“In case you can’t tell by looking at my photos, I love horses, barrel racing, and all things ranchy (@thedxranch). I cannot keep our kitchen island clutter free, and there’s always dirt on our floors. But we also live in our barn, so I’ll claim that as my excuse. Well that, and I’d rather ride than clean house. Our @dyson vacuum was the best investment of all time.

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I promised yesterday I’d share about my first good rodeo horse. His registered name was Alexanders Zero. I called him Zero. He came off the Waggoner ranch at Vernon, Texas and had been a ranch horse most of his life. He was 14 when I bought him. He was honest as the day was long. Pretty much nothing bothered him. But, he was not nice to other horses: he was going to be large and in charge and he’d beat them up mercilessly if they challenged his bossiness. But when tied at Roping or a rodeo, he was a perfect gentleman. He was my first registered quarter horse. He took me to pay window, regularly, in the goat tying and breakaway Roping. He lived to the ripe old age of 31. He taught me a lot. Probably more than I know and certainly more than I was grateful for at the time. He started me down a path and I’m forever grateful to him for that. #cowgirlquarterhorse #aqha #aqhaproud #breakawayroping #breakawayhorse #hecouldknockyourteethoutwithhisstop #rodeohorse #rodeocowgirl

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“I enjoy yoga, coffee, wine, and vodka. And anything handmade: jewelry, horse gear, and everything in between. I have an often naughty but exceptionally endearing border collie named Copper, a collection of cats, and 3 dozen chickens. I love all sorts of critters.

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So while I am on a kick about introducing myself, I thought I’d just take this week to share more tidbits with y’all, if you don’t care. . . . I didn’t grow up with horses or on a ranch. But I got both as fast as I could. I got my first horse when I was 11. His name was Butch and he was a grade (unregistered) appendix bred (quarter horse crossed on a thoroughbred). He was kind and took care of me. We had all sorts of adventures together. I ended up selling him my sophomore year of high school so I had some money to buy a horse that would take me to the college rodeos. I’ll introduce you to him tomorrow. . . . I moved to The DX Ranch in 2008, and this pretty gray mare, pictured here with this year’s orphans, was one of the horses that came with me. Her registered name is Streakin Iron (we call her Sonora/Nora) , and she’s the grand-dam to Baby Belle, the orphan on the left. Nora is one of the best horses I’ve ever owned and I wish I hadn’t wasted so much time not appreciating what she is. She’s 18 now and I can’t believe I’ve owned her for 13 years. She’s the dam to both Tony and the dreamy Hawk. . . . #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #hifromsd #shotoniphone #maresrock

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“I didn’t grow up with horses or on a ranch. But I got both as fast as I could. I got my first horse when I was 11. His name was Butch and he was a grade (unregistered) appendix bred (quarter horse crossed on a thoroughbred). He was kind and took care of me. We had all sorts of adventures together. I ended up selling him my sophomore year of high school so I had some money to buy a horse that would take me to the college rodeos.

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Yesterday was World Mental Health Day. I was laid up, sleeping off this cold most of the day, but I want to share something related to this day of awareness: I haven’t always smiled like this. * I’ve been in the darkest of dark places. The place where you’re certain the world would be better off without you; that no one would miss you if you were gone. Where it's a struggle simply to get out of bed in the morning. * I clawed my way back into the sunlight, and yes, I used drugs to help. There's no shame in that — having horses to feed and care for also aided me. I don't know that anyone but my therapist knew what a dark place I was in — I hid the depression well. That said, I did have friends that knew I wasn't myself, and they never gave up on me. They forced me out to ride my horses, to rodeo practice, to events. They wanted to see me happy. * Depression and anxiety are real. And they affect us in so many ways. You can know what to do, and EVEN do it, but sometimes, that's not enough. Sometimes you need the antidepressants, or the anti-anxiety medications to get you into the sunlight. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Go, see a doctor. Tell your most trusted friend(s) your darkest secret. Know that you are loved. That you are enough. And that the world won't be the same if you're not in it. #workingcowgirl #workingranchmagazine #ranchlife #ranchhorse #aqha #aqhaproud #quarterhorse #cowgirls #cowboyshit #cowgirlwork #instagood #photooftheday #bestofequines #cowgirlphotos #mentalhealth #horse #horses #bestofequines #westnernphotography #horsesofinstagram #horselife #equine #ranchlife #neverstoplearning #adventure #ig_ruralamerica #ig_equine #thedxranch #ag #worldmentalhealthday Photo by @cdphotog

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“Thanks for joining me. I hope you enjoy what I share as much as I enjoy sharing it!” Jenn Zeller, The South Dakota Cowgirl

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