Cowgirl Essence Exchange Schedule

DAY 1 NOVEMBER 12, 2021

Cowboy Channel Studio

Kimes Ranch Meet and Greet – KIMES RANCH Stockyards Store

DAY 2 November 13, 2021

2021 SPEAKERS

Amanda Kimes: Master of Ceremonies

Amanda Kimes is the Vice President at Kimes Ranch Jeans and was raised in southern Oregon. Amanda Kimes has roots that run deep in the Western industry. With a family background in ranching, she grew up showing and competing with American Quarter Horses.

Patti Colbert

Officially retired… took two years of counseling to be able to say “retired”. Chasing grandkids comes first.

Currently competing in Stock Horse of Texas events on my American Quarter Horse, “Why So Serious”. Currently Advisory Chairperson for the Ride on Center for Kids, and Board of Directors of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

Dena Kirkpatrick

Dena Kirkpatrick is a professional horse trainer, world-renowned clinician, and wife to calf-roping horse trainer and rancher, Cliff Kirkpatrick. Dena attended New Mexico State University on Presidential Scholarship majoring in Accounting. She is the mother of 2 girls, Sarah & Hannah.

Esperanza Tervalon-Garrett

Esperanza Tervalon-Garrett is a life-long horsewoman, an avid American Paint Horse lover, and an aspiring showman. Born & raised riding trails and chasing cans in Oakland, Ca. with the Black Horsemens’ Association, Esperanza learned the value of community, consistency and commitment to the horse- not just the sport.

Lindy Burch

  • NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with over $4  million in earnings.
  • NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with over $4  million in earnings.
  • One of only two woman in its 51-year history to have won the NCHA Open Futurity


Jeye Johnson

Jeye Johnson’s passion for horses and the equine industry both professionally and personally shine through with her own horses and in her role as Director of Marketing at EquibrandProducts Group, LLC., a family of five horse sport brands along with, EquiMedia, a media management provider.

Billie Bray

With over 25 years of marketing experience in the Western Industry, Billie Bray offers a unique perspective of vision and knowledge. Currently serving as Chief Marketing Officer for Equibrand Corp., Billie has been instrumental in the growth of the company’s brands including Classic Rope, Rattler Rope, Classic Equine, Martin Saddlery, and Cashel.

Donene Taylor

Donene Taylor, WPRA World Champion, intimately understands that often the one thing standing between athletes and their bold goals is their mental game. She not only understands it, but after 20 years of relentlessly trying to become a world champion she discovered the “secret sauce” that separates good athletes from great ones.

Diana Vela, Ph.D.​

Dr. Vela researches and interprets Cowgirl Museum exhibitions and permanent installations, as well as develops its collection with a focus on women in the west, particularly cowgirls.

Sarah Dawson

Sarah Dawson, along with her husband Chris, resides in Perrin, Tx where they operate Dawson Performance Horses. She is a top 15 open rider in the the National Reined Cow Horse Association.

Tracy Sheffield

Tracy Sheffield has been active in Texas horse racing since moving to the state in the 1980’s.  She began her career in racing galloping and training running Quarter Horses for a private farm in the Rio Grande Valley.  During this time Tracy worked actively to make pari-mutual wagering legal again in the state of Texas.

Sheri Cervi

Jackie Hobbs-Crawford

Erin Taormino

Hailey Kinsel

Cierra Chapman

Lindsay Perraton

Barbara Schulte

Sandy Collier

Katie Beal Brown

Founder and CEO, Lone River Beverage Company

Katie Beal Brown is a fourth-generation West Texan, born and raised in Midland, TX. Growing up, some of her fondest memories were from the time spent with her grandparents out on their family’s ranch in Far West Texas near Fort Davis. Katie attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, where she met her future husband, Tyler Brown, a Houston native and seventh-generation Texan.

Adrian Brannan

Susan Maddox

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Amanda Kimes is the Vice President at Kimes Ranch Jeans and was raised in southern Oregon. Amanda Kimes has roots that run deep in the Western industry. With a family background in ranching, she grew up showing and competing with American Quarter Horses. This eventually led her to sunny Scottsdale, Arizona where she met her future husband, Matt Kimes. Driven by a desire to create the best in western denim, together they founded Kimes Ranch Jeans in 2009. With a loyal following and a culture of dedicated customer service, Kimes Ranch Jeans has grown to become one of fastest growing brands in the western fashion industry. If that’s not enough to keep Amanda busy, she is also mom of three. Jack (10), Katherine (8) and Charlie (5). A menagerie of dogs, horses, and chickens round out the Kimes Ranch family.
Patti Colbert Georgetown, Texas
Officially retired… took two years of counseling to be able to say “retired”. Chasing grandkids comes first. Currently competing in Stock Horse of Texas events on my American Quarter Horse, “Why So Serious”. Currently Advisory Chairperson for the Ride on Center for Kids, and Board of Directors of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

Here’s what I did: Owned and operated recreational trail ride facility for 10 years, 20-30 Geldings. Worked with Juvenile Probation Departments in two counties providing horse experiences. Executive Director of Texas Quarter Horse Association – 7 years Senior Development Director for AQHA – 7 years Began Patti Colbert Enterprises and created the Extreme Mustang Makeovers, Trainer Incentive Program and other adoption programs while contracting with the Bureau of Land Management, Wild Horse Division Created the “Time to Ride” national marketing programs while contracting with the American Horse Council. Proudest of receiving 2014 American Horse Publications, Innovator of the Year Award and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Fern Sawyer Award.
Dena Kirkpatrick is a professional horse trainer, world-renowned clinician, and wife to calf-roping horse trainer and rancher, Cliff Kirkpatrick. Dena attended New Mexico State University on Presidential Scholarship majoring in Accounting. She is the mother of 2 girls, Sarah & Hannah. Sarah attended on academic scholarship and graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Fashion. Her daughter Hannah also attended Texas Christian University double majoring in Journalism and Fashion. Both daughters are proud to be part of the Honors Program. They both work and live in Fort Worth, Texas.

West Texas Futurity/Derby Champion, San Antonio Livestock Show Rodeo Champion, BFA World Championship Futurity and Futurity Reserve Champion, Elite Futurity Champion, AHA World Champion, Speedhorse Gold Cup Futurity Reserve Champion, Old Fort Days Futurity Reserve Champion, Harlequin Farms Futurity Champion.

Dena holds the record for the only rider/horse to win all Go Rounds of the BFA World Championship Futurity. She held a place in the Top 10 Futurity Trainers for a consecutive 10 years in a row. She is also the trainer of the Calgary Stampede Champion Canadian World Champ, Lady Perks, aka “Beauty”. Dena also trained WPRA World Champion AHA Horse of the Year Sugar Moon Express, aka “Martha”.

Dena has articles published in the Quarter Horse Journal, Barrel Horse News, Spin to Win Rodeo, Australian Performance Horse Magazine, and is featured in Joyce Loomis’ book, Just the Basics.
Esperanza Tervalon-Garrett is a life-long horsewoman, an avid American Paint Horse lover, and an aspiring showman. Born & raised riding trails and chasing cans in Oakland, Ca. with the Black Horsemens' Association, Esperanza learned the value of community, consistency and commitment to the horse- not just the sport. In 2017, the Tervalon-Garrett's decided to leave the city to pursue their dream of living the cowboy way full time at Dancing Hearts Ranch, a 16-acre ranch in the mountains of Southern Oregon. Esperanza believes no matter your age, your bank account balance, your family responsibilities, or the demands of your job- every woman who ever dreamed a horse-related dream can do it!
• NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with over $4 million in earnings.
• First woman to win the NCHA Open Futurity, in 1980 on Mis Royal Mahogany
• One of only two woman in its 51-year history to have won the NCHA Open Futurity
• Only woman in history to claim the title of NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion twice.
• Have earned back-to-back NCHA Open Futurity titles
• Only woman in history to win an NCHA Open World Championship, in 2000 showing Bet Yer Blue Boons, a mare she bred and trained
• Only woman in history to win both the NCHA Futurity Open championship and the NCHA Open Horse World Championship
• One of only 9 open riders to win both the NCHA Futurity Championship and the NCHA World Championship
• First rider in history to win all four go-rounds of the NCHA Open World Finals, in 1995 aboard homegrown Shesa Smarty Lena
• Major money earner in limited age events from coast to coast, including all of the NCHA Triple Crown events in Fort Worth
• Champion or Reserve in more than 40 major events
• Set and held all time high score of 233 for 13 year
• Mentor to many other trainers, as well as non-pro champions
• Has conducted cutting clinics in the US, Canada, South America, Europe and Australia
• Former NCHA President 2000-2001 and the first woman to hold the office
• Former PCCHA President
• Current NCHA Board of Director
• NCHA Limited Aged Event Member
• Former Chairman NCHA Judges Rules Committee Member
• NCHA 4A Judge
• Initiator/Developer NCHA Judges Adjusted Monitor System
• National Cowgirl Hall of Fame inductee
• Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee
• NCHA Members Hall of Fame inductee
• NCHA Riders Hall of Fame
• PCCHA Members Hall of Fame inductee
• PCCHA Dave McGregor Trainer's Award recipient
• PCCHA Ed Smith Memorial Sportsmanship Award recipient
• B.S. Zoology, MS Endocrinology
• Professional Cutting Horse Trainer; 1977 - current
• Presently resides at her Weatherford, Texas ranch where she is training and showing a new crop of NCHA Futurity horses

Jeye Johnson’s passion for horses and the equine industry both professionally and personally shine through with her own horses and in her role as Director of Marketing at Equibrand Products Group, LLC., a family of five horse sport brands along with, EquiMedia, a media management provider. As Equibrand’s Director of Marketing, Jeye works in numerous parts in the horse industry, communicating with horse people in all facets from general horsemanship to high-performance events. Jeye and her team specialize in brand management, digital marketing, sales, and technology in today’s ever-changing consumer atmosphere. Additionally, she is involved in product development and manages sponsorships and endorsements across the barrel racing industry. In her role as Producer/Director for EquiMedia, Jeye’s team is responsible for more than 20+ business pages across numerous media platforms and provides other services for industry-related entities, promotional video, and online content. Additionally, Jeye produces Racer’s Edge, a television show and popular podcast focusing on barrel racing lifestyle and horsemanship. The Lipan, Texas professional is a hobby breeder of barrel horses and racing-bred prospects.

With over 25 years of marketing experience in the Western Industry, Billie Bray offers a unique perspective of vision and knowledge. Currently serving as Chief Marketing Officer for Equibrand Corp., Billie has been instrumental in the growth of the company’s brands including Classic Rope, Rattler Rope, Classic Equine, Martin Saddlery, and Cashel. Driven by a passion for western horse sports, Billie’s primary focus is managing the company’s branding initiatives including sponsorships, endorsements, and public relations. All of which are geared towards the continued growth in participation and engagement within western equine sports and horse related activities.

Donene Taylor, WPRA World Champion, intimately understands that often the one thing standing between athletes and their bold goals is their mental game. She not only understands it, but after 20 years of relentlessly trying to become a world champion she discovered the “secret sauce” that separates good athletes from great ones. Taylor, a certified mental performance coach, just released Heart of a Champion: Proven Strategies to Help You Discover the Heart of a Champion That Beats Within You. Filled with actionable performance strategies, it quickly broke into Amazon’s Top 10 in sports coaching books.

In Heart of Champion, Taylor shares her compelling, personal story that as a little girl, she made a “bold goal” to be the WPRA World Champion Tie-Down Roper. That little girl didn’t know that her life would be filled with challenges to overcome, but through the struggles, she would discover and develop strategies that would help her accomplish that big goal at the age of 52 (when most people would have long given up).

Dr. Vela researches and interprets Cowgirl Museum exhibitions and permanent installations, as well as develops its collection with a focus on women in the west, particularly cowgirls. Vela’s exhibitions at the National Cowgirl Museum include the renovated Hitting the Mark: Cowgirls and Wild West Shows gallery, and the recently completed renovation of the upper galleries, which includes the It’s Never Just a Horse™ galleries. Additionally, she has created several special exhibitions, one of which was The Cowgirl who Became a Justice, which was conceived in conjunction and cooperation with retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of her court appointment. Dr. Vela was involved in the creation of a historic marker in Santa Fe, New Mexico honoring a nun who traveled the Santa Fe Trail with Archbishop Lamy to establish one of the first educational institutions for women in that territory. Vela’s interests are in recovering female voices, traditions, and experiences in the American West that often go unnoticed and unrecorded.

Sarah Dawson, along with her husband Chris, resides in Perrin, Tx where they operate Dawson Performance Horses. She is a top 15 open rider in the the National Reined Cow Horse Association. Her list of accolades include a consecutive Limited and Intermediate Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship, Aaron Ranch Derby Open Championship, Hackamore Classic Open Championship, and currently holds the highest record score at the AQHA World Show in JR Cow Horse. Along with her involvement in the NRCHA , Sarah is a two time competitor in the Road to the Horse as well as an avid three day event rider.

Tracy Sheffield has been active in Texas horse racing since moving to the state in the 1980's. She began her career in racing galloping and training running Quarter Horses for a private farm in the Rio Grande Valley. During this time Tracy worked actively to make pari-mutual wagering legal again in the state of Texas. Tracy has since become involved in Thoroughbred racing. She has been an owner and breeder for the last fifteen years. She is in a partnership that raises one to three foals a year and races these horses as they come of racing age. Tracy makes all the breeding decisions for the partnership and given her past experience as a trainer herself, selects the trainers for her horses as well. Tracy serves the Thoroughbred community in Texas two ways. She is vice-president of the Texas Thoroughbred Association and a board member of The Paddock Foundation. Tracy's primary area of interest in these two positions is the future of a horse once their racing career is complete. Through The Paddock Foundation, Tracy developed a program, The Roses to Ribbons Old Fashioned Horse Fair, that has successfully re-homed over 150 Thoroughbreds from the track to second careers. Tracy Sheffield is a managing partner for T&L Veterinary Business Consulting. This company assists veterinarians in managing the business side of veterinary medicine. From human resources to business development, this company frees up veterinarians to be able to practice medicine as opposed to spending their time on the business aspects of their practice. The firm has clients all over the country. Tracy is widely published in the field of veterinary practice management. In her free time, Tracy can be found either on the trail or in the show ring on the back of a retired Thoroughbred racehorse.

Jessica Kristianna Haas is the first female speed painter in America and the fastest speed painter in the entertainment industry. Since her recent win of ABC's Gong show, Jessica currently holds the following records of performing the fastest painting on national television, the first female performance painter to paint on national television, and the first + fastest award winning female speedpainter to win on a national television network. New York Magazine has named her "The Mother of the Speedpainting Movement." Jessica has made history as the first female speedpainter in America and has now made her mark on national networks and national organizations. She performs and speaks all across the country passionately encouraging everyone to use their creative gifts, embrace their bold, and to make their mark on the world.

After discovering speed art at the age of 15 through her determination to be authentic to her true artistic talent in a pageant talent competition, Jessica has been a speed artist over half her life. In 2013, Jessica's performance painting career took off when she became the first Speed painter in the history of Miss Tennessee to ever win talent by painting the face of Jesus Christ in only 90 seconds upside down. Right now, Jessica is the first award winning speed- painter in the history of the Miss America Organization, as well as the first and only talent winning contestant to ever paint the face of Jesus.

New York magazine said, "Jessica Haas may only be 26 years old, but she's effectively the mother of the pageant speed-painting movement."

Jessica's talent caught the attention of an A&E reality national television show and she was invited to speed paint on the show. Jessica's national painting feature on A&E made her the first female speed painter to ever be nationally featured on national television. Today, Jessica shares her talents nationwide on both national and local television programs, performing and speaking for schools, churches, conferences, corporations, organizations, and events. She possesses a zealous heartbeat for art as well as for her faith. She is passionate about expanding, emboldening and empowering the female portion of the Body of Christ to fiercely discover the unique purpose that God has created in each woman for His glory through creating, speaking, writing, teaching, and performing art.

As an overcomer of poverty, she has a deep passion for helping at-risk youth. Jessica is the founder of Unbound Ministries, an empowerment ministry that seeks to free at-risk girls from poverty through the power of art, which was awarded national recognition from the Miss America Organization in 2014 for being chosen the best community service project in the state of Tennessee. Her desire is that this ministry continues to grow to provide resources, creates awareness, and restores hope to the under privileged youth in our nation.

As a recent graduate of Memphis College of Art and a current seminary student at Union University, Jessica is a multidisciplinary artist and is already the Owner/Lead Designer of creative arts business, The Birds Nest Co., based in Memphis, TN. She enjoys creating both performance art and fine art.

Jessica loves to write, paint, and mentor girls. She is a published contributing author for the teen girls devotional, "He Is" from Sacred Holidays. Jessica is a clothing model and spokesperson for various justice organizations as well as a writer for Authentic Womanhood. Her greatest passion is to leave a full legacy of authenticity that encourages young women to be bold about who God created them to be, even if it means being different.
LeAnn was born in South Louisiana in 1980. She was raised rodeoing and working hard growing up on a dairy farm always dreaming about being a cowgirl. It was at the young age of eight years old that she dedicated her life to the Lord although she found out the world has a way of weathering your faith from time to time. She likes to tell everybody it was a lot harder to stay between the mustard in the mayo but eventually the Lord got her lined out.

After graduating high school and going to a semester of college she soon realized school really wasn’t her thing. Given the opportunity for an audition at Dollywood she made the trip all the way to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and got the job at the age of 18. The years that she spent in Tennessee gave her the confidence that she needed on stage but she soon realized her platform might come with a little different presentation. Making the move to Oklahoma marrying JW Hart, the Iron Man and PBR bull rider would prove to be One of the greatest test of all.

Through out the many trials through marriage, miscarriage and faith misfires she can positively say, “there is no freedom without forgiveness!”

My name is Kim Lindsey and my husband, Matt, and I own and operate Lindsey Angus in Dickens, TX. I am also the Director for the Texas Tech Equestrian Center. I was raised on a ranch in New Mexico and have been a horse back since I can remember. I grew up rodeoing as a kid and that is how I went to college was on a rodeo scholarship. In the late 1990’s I was fortunate enough to be at the right place and right time to be on the ground floor of starting the Stock Horse of Texas Association, I was the associations first secretary and later became the Executive Director. I remember being at the Ft. Worth Stock Show and talking with Dr. Jim Heird and I ask him, do you think that we could ever hold an AQHA VRH show and a Stock Horse of Texas show concurrent? The answer was yes, and the rest was history. In 2016, I became the Ranching Director for AQHA. During that time, we developed the National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance and held the first AQHA VRH standalone show in in Guthrie, OK. I have been very fortunate to ride some pretty nice horses through out the years. Pauli’s Valentino and I were the first Stock Horse of Texas Open Champions in 2001. Dozen Plus Freckles and I were also Stock Horse of Texas Champions and the Ranch Horse of America High Money Earners in 2003. Lo Down Dancer and I were the Open Champions in the Ranch Cutting Horse Association in 2007. Judys Ten and I were AQHA World Champions in the Cow Horse and Reserve in the Ranch Riding in 2013. In 2015, Judys Ten and I were AQHA VRH World Champions. I feel very blessed to have been a part of these wonderful associations and have had the opportunity to ride such great horses.

Always creating and evolving, Amy C. Witt has gained recognition as a freelance journalist, poet, western lifestyle blogger and brand ambassador. Through California Dreamin’, she collaborates with companies like Kimes Ranch Jeans, Mane ‘n Tail, American Quarter Horse Association, Stetson, Dooney & Bourke, Ariat, Shady Rays, Vetericyn, Virginia Handbags, and many other brands and companies that allow her to freely showcase and capture the art of the cowgirl life. This modern day California-cowgirl has learned many lessons from her life, her friends, animals, working the land, and the cowboy life. From state and national roping championships to halter breaking a colt, doctoring calves in a field, to backing into the box with a breakaway rope or turning a steer, being in her saddle is first nature. A member of the American Horse Publications and the Western Writers of America, her work has been seen in several publications like the AQHA Journal, Chrome Magazine, Quarter Horse News, Cowgirl Magazine, American Cowboy Magazine, Ropers Sports News, and many publications around the world. Holding nothing back, Amy aspires to inspire in her award-winning book of poetry, “Cowgirl Confessions.” Through writing, her ultimate goal is to connect and build relationships with her readers, in hopes that they can escape, relate or be inspired by her work.

Debbie Frapp, co-founder of the popular Matters of Influence podcast and MattersOfInfluence.com shares her coaching expertise across all industries from business to sports. Her holistic approach allows her to teach how to advocate for your goals and dreams, both personally and professionally. Debbie’s 24 years of experience in training, development, and consulting have allowed her to cross paths with leaders of all types, from executives to business owners to athletes. Her insights specialize in communication, strategic planning, and leadership using her Certified Facilitator with FIERCE INC training. Additionally, Debbie is a professional and accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation, has logged more than 11,000 hours of professional coaching, and spent 18 years in the mental health field where she achieved numerous certifications. Debbie’s brings a unique insight to every situation, ultimately helping provide you with the power of influence.

Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected in 2011 as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth. In 2017, Price was re-elected for her fourth two-year term. As the 16th largest city in the U.S., Fort Worth remains one of the fastest growing large cities in the country.

Along with her focus on promoting jobs, strengthening education, fighting crime and improving mobility, Price has made significant strides along the path toward her vision of a healthy, engaged and fiscally responsible city.

Stephanie Lynn is the Executive Director of the National Snaffle Bit Association. A horse trainer for over 35 years, Stephanie was a judge for NSBA, AQHA and APHA before taking her position with NSBA. She is a renowned trainer, exhibitor, coach, judge and author. Stephanie continues to provide education for riders and judges as well as facilitating the education programs for NSBA.