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2022 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.

Anna Lee Morrison

Anna Morrison serves as Executive Director for the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) based in Pilot Point, Texas. NRCHA is the international organization which oversees the sport of reined cow horse and guides the rules of competition for more than 150 sanctioned events worldwide each year. 

Barbra Schulte

Barbra Schulte is driven by a singular desire – to help others grow their confidence and reach for the stars.

Casey Russell

Casey Graham Russell is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, podcaster, singer, rancher but mostly just a multi-passionate woman with a heart on fire for Jesus.

Chelsea Edsall

Chelsea Edsall grew up as the only girl on her family’s ranch in Central California; riding, competing, and assisting at her mother’s Hunter/Jumper Show Barn, Cinder Farms.  

Lauren Lovelace-Murray

Lauren Lovelace Murray is from Grapevine, Texas and is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she earned Bachelors and Masters of Animal Science degrees.

Laurie Roden

I was raised with horses and started out with an ornery little spotted pony named Dynamite who taught me respect and how to be gritty.

Lainie Whitmire

Lainie Whitmire, an Oklahoma Native who is no stranger to the equine industry as a breeder, owner, and professional.  

Melanie Smith

Melanie has been selling horses for over 15 years – she has sold thousands of horses all over the world. Her fierce desire to match incredible horses with buyers led to a huge success in the industry. Melanie became known for her honesty, integrity and quality stock in the world of western cow horses. 

Nadine Lipson

Nadine’s love affair with the cowgirl way of life started with a two-year old, Two Eye Jack Stallion named Tank.

Nakia Teeter

I was born and raised in Blackfoot Idaho. At 7 years old (with the help of my dad) I bought my first horse and a little saddle with the money I saved from working on my grandparents dairy farm.

Janet Van Bebber

Janet VanBebber is the Chief Racing Officer for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). VanBebber is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the racing department, Racing Challenge and related programs.

Jodi Hendrickson

Jodi Weishaar Hendrickson is a mother, cowgirl and founder of Fringe Scarves.

Jodi’s passion for fashion, the ranching lifestyle and business has always been an integral part of her life.

Jill Dunkel

Jill Jennings Dunkel grew up involved in the equine industry, showing horses from a young age. She graduated from Texas A&M with an Agricultural Journalism degree and worked as a freelance writer full time for more than 20 years, covering the equine and livestock industries.

Kalie Enlow

Kalie is a wife, mother, entrepreneur, western fashion enthusiast and Oklahoma native thrown into APHA racing when she married into a family of trainers with one of the top paint racing programs in the country.

Kelli Neubert

Kelli Neubert is the woman behind Palm Tree Ponies. She works alongside her husband Luke, starting horses and operating a 2 year old cowhorse and cutting program in Stephenville Texas.

Patty Tiberg

Patty Tiberg serves as the chief marketing and business development officer for the largest equine breed registry in the world the American Quarter Horse Association.

Presley Rose

Presley Rose, Business owner and Content creator

Combining Country roots with a vintage flair, Presley Rose is among a handful of women making a name for themselves as Western Style content creators. 

Ryann Pedone

Born in Florida and raised on a dairy farm with a passion for living life to the fullest. Clean eating, good energy, strong work ethics and integrity were instilled in me from a young age and are characteristics that I strongly believe in.

Tammy Sronce

Tammy resides in Weatherford, Texas. A native Australian, Sronce came to Texas to purse a career in the equine industry.

Tina Shanahan

Tina Alvarado Shanahan is a 3 time consecutive American Paint Horse Association World Champion and had a 30 year career in the US Navy.  She was the first nurse of Hispanic heritage to be selected to the rank of Rear Admiral in the Nurse Corps and the first female of Hispanic descent to reach Rear Admiral Upper Half (two stars).

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.

Venessa Wood

Venessa Wood is the Ceo of Ag Women Connect, a  Christian based-thriving, nation-wide organization, that supports and agvocates for women in agriculture, no matter what their role is.

Wanda Waters

Wanda Waters and her husband Lou Waters have bred and registered over 1,000 American Quarter Horses over the past 50 years—most with the bloodlines of their foundation-bred AQHA Hall of Fame stallion Colonel Freckles. 

Past Speakers

2020

Amanda Kimes
Amy C. Witt
Betsy Price
Billie Bray
Debbie Frapp
Dena Kirkpatrick
Diana Vela, Ph.D.
Donene Taylor
Esperazna Tervalon-Garrett
Jessica K. Haas
Jeye Johnson
Kim Lindsey
LeAnn Hart
Lindy Burch
Patti Colbert
Sarah Dawson
Stephanie Lynn
Tracy Sheffield

 2021

Alison Umberger
Amanda Kimes
Barbra Schulte
Billie Bray
Cierra Chapman
Dena Kirkpatrick
Diana Vela, Ph.D.
Dr. Jyme Nichols
Erin Taormino
Esperanza Tervalon-Garrett
Hailey Kinsel
Jackie Crawford
Jessie Jarvis
Jeye Johnson
Katie Beal Brown
Lindsay Perraton
Lindy Burch
Patti Colbert
Sandra Garnett
Sandy Collier
Sarah Dawson
Shari Burger
Sherry Cervi
Susan Maddox
Tracy Sheffield

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Patty Tiberg serves as the chief marketing and business development officer for the largest equine breed registry in the world – the American Quarter Horse Association. In her role, she manages the Association’s corporate partnerships, marketing, media, communications and special events to promote AQHA’s mission, programs and events to more than 230,000 members in over 130 countries. Tiberg previously served as vice president of the Morris Media Network Equine Group, parent company of several equine industry media brands and event platforms including Western Horseman, Quarter Horse News, Barrel Horse News, the National Barrel Horse Association, West Coast Barrel Racing Association and Road to the Horse. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Tiberg also worked as a sales representative for Miller’s Harness Company, the director of member services for the Horse Industry Alliance and as membership director for the Alabama Quarter Horse Association. She was born and raised in a suburb of Long Island, New York, where she participated as a competitor in AQHA events. Tiberg is also an active volunteer. She serves as the adviser to the board of directors and is past president of the Koolen-de Vries Syndrome Foundation, an organization she helped organize after her son was diagnosed with the syndrome. Patty and her husband, Steven, reside in Aledo, Texas, with their 19-year-old son, Colby, and 17-year-old daughter, Taylor.
Anna Morrison serves as Executive Director for the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) based in Pilot Point, Texas. NRCHA is the international organization which oversees the sport of reined cow horse and guides the rules of competition for more than 150 sanctioned events worldwide each year. NRCHA manages five premier events throughout the year, which include the sell-out ticketed World’s Greatest Horseman and Snaffle Bit Futurity® Finals. NRCHA serves more than 5,000 members who are active in competition and ownership.
Previously, Morrison acted as Chief Foundation Officer for the American Quarter Horse Foundation (Foundation), and Chief International Officer for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), the world’s largest equine breed association. In her role at the Foundation, Morrison oversaw operations and fundraising efforts in the areas of scholarships, equine research, equine assisted activities and therapies, as well as the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum. As Chief International Officer, Morrison directed strategy and programming for AQHA business outside of the United States, serving roughly 37,000 members and 400,000 registered American Quarter Horses in nearly 100 countries, as well as managing business relationships with 36 international affiliates.
Morrison is active in the equine industry, having served as an advisory committee member for the equine programs at Colorado State University and Tarleton State University, Executive Committee Member for Stock Horse of Texas, Chair of the AQHA Marketing and Membership Committee, Member and Secretary of the Texas Quarter Horse Foundation Committee, and ring steward at the American Quarter Horse Association World Show, Youth World Show and Versatility Ranch Horse World Show. Morrison has been an exhibitor in NRCHA, AQHA, and SHTX events, and earned the Amateur Reserve World Champion title at the AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship held in Houston in March 2016.

Barbra Schulte is driven by a singular desire - to help others grow their confidence and reach for the stars. She is a High-Performance Coach, cutting horse trainer, the author of four books, the publisher of video blogs and online programs, a clinician, speaker, and an honoree in the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. As a national cutting horse competitor, Barbra was the first woman to win two legs of cutting's triple crown. She was awarded the National Female Equestrian of the Year Award by the AQHA and the Women's Sports Foundation. In 2020 she received the American Horse Publications Equine Industry Vision Award for her positive impact across the horse industry. In 2021 she received The Western Horseman & The Art of the Cowgirl's Women of the West Award. She is the host of the popular Podcast, THE BARBRA SCHULTE SHOW. Schulte is the CEO of the Center for Equestrian Performance. She lives in Brenham, Texas with her husband, Tom, three horses, two dogs, and their kitty.

Casey Graham Russell is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, podcaster, singer, rancher but mostly just a multi-passionate woman with a heart on fire for Jesus. She loves helping people, a good west Texas sunset, a quarter horse with a blaze face, mexican food, and peach tea. Her mission is to help inspire others to go after their God-sized dreams and live life courageously. She is the host of the Top 10% Globally rated podcast, Courageously Casey, where she spotlights encouraging stories of overcoming struggles and setbacks in life. Being raised in the quarter horse industry, and finding herself in a rodeo arena or horse race track every weekend- Casey is no stranger to the cowboy lifestyle. Her husband Colton taught her the love of big west Texas ranches, where they now raise quarter horses and cattle, under the C&C of Texas brand. When she's not mentoring, leading or growing her businesses, you can find her busy being a wife, a mom of three, Lincoln (8) Cherokee (7) and Towns (1), and tending to stable full of horses, cattle, dogs and chickens.

Chelsea Edsall grew up as the only girl on her family’s ranch in Central California; riding, competing, and assisting at her mother’s Hunter/Jumper Show Barn, Cinder Farms.   In 2013, Chelsea met her husband, Clayton Edsall — a well-known horse trainer in his own right and past National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) World’s Greatest Horseman. Thereafter she made the switch from Jumpers to Reined Cow Horses. In 2020, Chelsea was crowned the NRCHA Non-Pro Limited World Champion.  Chelsea doesn’t take herself too seriously and brings a unique sense of humor to her career path.  Growing up in the equine industry and experiencing horse show life from a young age, Chelsea learned to find humor and fun in the normally stressful situations of competitions.  Her Instagram account (#cheersitschelsea) and YouTube channel feature the humorous side of the business, with photos and adventures spotlighting the comic aspects of the equine lifestyle. A graduate of California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo with a degree in Agribusiness, Chelsea is now the Equestrian Center Business Manager at the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel Valley, California. Chelsea oversees the health and care of more than 30 horses, develops and maintains nutrition and exercise programs specific to each horse’s needs, coordinates unique equestrian related events, manages a staff of 10, and works in conjunction with the Santa Lucia Preserve Conservancy to properly maintain and improve the community’s 100 miles of trail systems that run deep into the enchanted Santa Lucia Mountains. In addition to her busy work schedule, and being a mom to two young children, Weston & Rylee, she also manages Edsall Performance Horses with her husband, Clayton Edsall. The Cheers Its Chelsea videos and social media are a fun and entertaining take on the struggles & joy of mom life, a non pro showing in the horse show world, and being a horse trainers wife. 

Lauren Lovelace Murray is from Grapevine, Texas and is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she earned Bachelors and Masters of Animal Science degrees.  She has worked at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo since 2005 and currently serves as the Horse Show Director.

As Horse Show Director at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, her responsibilities include implementation of the Ranching Heritage Weekend, which includes Ranch Horse Shows, three (3)

Horse Sales, and a Ranch Gathering Party.  She is also responsible for the planning and execution of 16 breed/discipline Horse Shows and managing the Equine Scholarship Program.  In 2022, the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Horse Show had over 5,500 entries and the overall attendance was 1.2 million people during the 23 day Show.

She also serves as Texas Director for the American Quarter Horse Association, is on the AQHA Marketing and Membership Committee. She also serves as secretary for the Citizens Support Group for the Fort Worth Police Mounted Patrol and is an active member and a former Board Member for the Fort Worth Farm & Ranch Club.

Lauren resides in Fort Worth, Texas and when not busy with FWSSR, she assists her husband, Patrick, with their cow/calf and yearling operation.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends on the lake, and at home with her yellow labs “Taos”, “Mae” & “West” and her American Quarter Horses.

I was raised with horses and started out with an ornery little spotted pony named Dynamite who taught me respect and how to be gritty. After school moved to Arizona where I reside today (in the winter) with my husband Randy and my two grown girls. I have been actively involved in the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and the Arizona Paint Horse Club (APHC) for several years showing my horses and being active on the Board. Away from the horses, I am a partner in 831 Ranch which is a facility in Colorado where we spend our summers and raise longhorn cattle. I have been active showing Paint horses in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, California, Texas, Utah and Oklahoma. Over the years I have shown locally, at the Zone 2 show, Paint Congress and the World Show. I have truly enjoyed a well-rounded amateur show career in Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Showmanship, Western Riding, Halter, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and Stakes Race. We also own several broodmares that we breed, foal out and raise, and we own a Buckskin HUS stallion named Pandemic. Running a successful business; owning, breeding and showing in all the disciplines above; and being a part of running the local APHC club has given me a different perspective. I feel I can be non-bias and fair when looking at issues facing the American Paint Horse Association (APHA). APHC Treasurer 2018 – Present APHA Foundation Member & President 2018 – Present (President 2021-present) APHA Director representing Arizona 2015 – Present APHA Breed Integrity and Registration Chair 2022 – Present APHC Show & Contest Chair 2017 – Present APHA Long Range Planning Chair 2021 APHC President 2014-2015 APHC Vice President 2013-2014 APHC Futurity Chairman 2010-2016 APHA Lifetime Member #8721259
Lainie Whitmire, an Oklahoma Native who is no stranger to the equine industry as a breeder, owner, and professional. She and her husband, Ray Whitmire, have both dedicated their lives to their horses, program, and multiple facets of the business. The Whitmire Ranch brand represents some of the race horse industries highest achieving mares, Heartswideopen and Whistle Stop Cafe, both mares whose careers tout in excess of $4,208,123.00. They are dedicated to raising offspring out of these exceptional mares bred to the most influential and elite stallions offered to continue to promote the legacy of the Whitmire Ranch brand and support the industry she loves so dearly. Along with the focus on race horses, Lainie owns the World Cutting Horse Association, she began with a vision of supporting the "grass roots" competitors and offering competition to multiple divisions of competitor and equine athlete. The association hosts multiple cuttings throughout the year, with a year end finals paying out over $250,000.00 annually. Lainie's dedication to our future through the youth divisions and continued commitment to providing opportunity to the equine community she is involved in. As an avid professional in the barrel horse industry, Lainie has competed her entire life. She and Ray own stallions standing to the public including Barue, a black stallion sired by PYC Paint Your Wagon out of First Prize Leesa, graded stakes earner of over $54,000.00, whose first foals hit the ground in 2021. Lainie's main mount, Bullseye Bullion, is also part of their diverse and elite roster. Bullseye Bullion is a sorrel stallion sired by Bully Bullion out of Top Shawne, multiple title holder and earner of over $60,000.00, with offspring competing and showing tremendous promise as futurity and derby contenders. In the summer of 2020, they purchased JL Dash Ta Heaven, touted as one of the most influential sires of all time. Sired by Dash Ta Fame and out of Dynas Plain Special, his accolades as a multiple NFR competitor, champion as a futurity, derby, and pro rodeo horse, including lifetime earnings in excess of recorded $208,000.00, his career as a sire has taken the barrel horse industry by storm producing champions and competitors with earnings over $5,000,000.00 on a very limited foal crop. In 2020 The Whitmire's joined forces with Rick and Jade Ford of Cinder Lakes Ranch to launch The Breeders Challenge, a barrel horse incentive program for enrolled stallions and their offspring. In two years, the program has seen exponential growth paying out in excess of $4,200,000+ to owners, nominators, and stallion owners. Offering some of the industry's largest purses and payouts, they travel the US to qualifiers with their finale being hosted in Fort Worth at the historic Will Rogers Coliseum. The continued commitment to excellence, passion for the equine industry, and the willingness to see opportunity and go for it have been a lifelong trend of Lainie's. Those who know her can confirm that she is an iconic piece of our industry in so many ways, with a heart for the horse.

Melanie has been selling horses for over 15 years - she has sold thousands of horses all over the world. Her fierce desire to match incredible horses with buyers led to a huge success in the industry. Melanie became known for her honesty, integrity and quality stock in the world of western cow horses.  Melanie was raised in Wichita Falls, Texas. She grew up as an avid horse-lover, but her parents were not horse people! After they continuously refused to buy her a pony as a child, she began volunteering at Whispers of Hope Horse Farm, a local therapeutic riding center, where she was able to learn the basics of her favorite thing in the world: a horse. At age 16, she began working as a loper for Don and Craig Crumpler. While working at Crumpler Brothers Cutting Horses, her love of cow horses blossomed. Melanie enrolled in nursing school at Midwestern State University after graduating high school in fall 2011, buying and selling horses to fund her education. Melanie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2015 and worked as an Emergency Room Registered Nurse in a fast-paced trauma center at United Regional Hospital for a year and a half. Although she loved her job as a nurse, she quit to pursue the horse business full time. Melanie founded Solo Select Horses in November 2018. She then started The Select Online Sale in November of 2020. This quickly grew to be the Leader in Online Sale Platforms, and the second largest grossing Western Performance Horse Sale Company in North America.

“Nadine’s love affair with the cowgirl way of life started with a two-year old, Two Eye Jack Stallion named Tank. She met her future husband, Dave Lipson, while both were serving as executives of a national hair care company, and he introduced her to Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and Missouri Fox Trotters. As Tank displayed talent to show, Nadine was hooked and quickly realized her growing passion by acquiring BarPassers Image and Zippo A Ward, two successful breeding stallions on her ranch in Purcell, Oklahoma. In 1997, Nadine and her husband continued their adventure by moving to Montana and began a world-class Black Angus seedstock ranch. As the ranch grew in notoriety so did the desire to grow the ranch into a luxury resort that included Estate Homes and the birthplace of Glamping. Today guests of the resort welcome people from all over the world to experience Montana and a little of the cowgirl way of life that inspired Nadine. Nadine was raised on the Northshore of Massachusetts and moved to the west in her teens. It was this move West that led to her love of the mountains and knew her life would always be a mixture of mountain air and the cowgirl lifestyle.”

I was born and raised in Blackfoot Idaho. At 7 years old (with the help of my dad) I bought my first horse and a little saddle with the money I saved from working on my grandparents dairy farm. I joined a 4H club and showed for a little while then went into queening for a bit even won a title here and there. Participated in some barrel racing and pole bending, then for my 8th birthday my dad gave me the movie Seabiscuit and from that point on I knew I wanted to be a jockey. We moved to Preston Idaho for a few years and I spent most of my days jumping back and forth from pretending I was either the Man From Snowy River flying down the mountain side herding wild horses or I was the famous jockey Gary Stevens (who I idolized when I realized he too was from Idaho) racing in the Santa Anita Handicap. At the age of 14 I was introduced to a Quarter Horse trainer named Wyatt Elison and when I asked him to teach me to be a jockey he looked me up and down and told me, "I've never had a kid make it to their first race." I replied with a smile on my face, "Well I'll be your first." A year later I made my jockey debut at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. A few years later I won my first leading rider buckle at the same Fair and have gone on to win that title several times. I took time off in 2012 to have a little girl (Jewell) but returned to racing as soon as I could. In 2018 I was blessed to win the Wrangle AQHA Challenge Champion Jockey. A broken femur in 2020 set me back but I returned 3 months later to Remington Park and won a race on my familys horse Dance The Dust Off. Then in 2021 I got to marry my best friend (Clay) who shares my love for horse racing and for a while we raced against each but after he had a spill on the track in the spring he retired from being a jockey to become a trainer and it has been a lot of fun. As much as I love to ride fast horses and win races, my goal my whole career has been to show and help women realize that they can accomplish whatever their dream may be no matter what circumstances are thrown at them as long as they never give up. If you hold on to that "horse crazy little girl" mentality she'll help see you through it all and one day you'll just smile and say, "We made it."

Jodi Weishaar Hendrickson is a mother, cowgirl and founder of Fringe Scarves. Jodi’s passion for fashion, the ranching lifestyle and business has always been an integral part of her life. Her roots start on her family’s cow-calf ranch in western South Dakota where she busied herself during the long, cold winter months clipping photos out of fashion magazines to mix and match a style all her own. At five years of age, she taped price tags on her Mom’s large collection of cloth rolls and opened a fabric store in the family basement – her first business. Long hours horseback gave her the quiet time and freedom to dream. Her achievements of making the national finals in high school, college and Women’s Professional rodeos demonstrated her competitive spirit. Hauling with her auctioneer father, Lynn Weishaar, to the biggest cattle and horse auctions in the country, taught her about people and the importance of having a strong reputation in a tight community. Taking those lessons with her to Texas, she became the assistant marketing director for Equibrand, sales manager for an Internet company and then on to become Marketing Manager for Western Horseman and finally as Publisher for a group of western and fashion magazines under the Western Horseman brand. As Publisher for Western Lifestyle Retailer she got to expand her talent for predicting and driving fashion trends. After leaving the Western Horseman magazine group, Jodi launched the first online magazine for cowgirls in 2008. She called the magazine Fringe, The Magazine for the Real Cowgirl. Although short-lived due to unexpected health issues, the magazine was the first of its kind. This mixture of experience would be key to her launching Fringe Scarves several years later. In 2009 Jodi was forced to pull away from her professional career and focus on her health due to Lyme Disease. After 8 years battling the disease, she finally had the energy and time to start something completely new. Jodi always felt scarves were an overlooked accessory and wanted to demonstrate their ability to make outfits come to life with the right colors and styles. Jodi draws inspiration for her designs from the ranching and rodeo lifestyle she knows so well and combines them with unique styles from all fashion genres. She loves being able to express her creativity in the designs of the scarves and the styling of the photoshoots. Her ability to leverage social media, personal connections and eCommerce platforms has quickly spread the Fringe Scarves’ brand around the world. Her motto – “Stick Your Neck Out And Tie One On” is about being brave, trying new things and living life’s adventure - and she’s excited to see where Fringe Scarves takes her.

Jill Jennings Dunkel grew up involved in the equine industry, showing horses from a young age. She graduated from Texas A&M with an Agricultural Journalism degree and worked as a freelance writer full time for more than 20 years, covering the equine and livestock industries. In 2016, she took the reins as Executive Director of Stock Horse of Texas, the oldest and largest versatile stock horse association in the country. Under her leadership, the association has experienced tremendous growth in membership and exhibitors, and hosts more than 15 clinics and shows each year. Stock Horse of Texas is widely recognized as one of the leading ranch horse organizations in the nation

Kalie is a wife, mother, entrepreneur, western fashion enthusiast and Oklahoma native thrown into APHA racing when she married into a family of trainers with one of the top paint racing programs in the country. She quickly fell in love with the sport and even more-so with the horses. Growing up, horses were always apart of her life. Many of which, her parents bought for her off the track. Because of this, she had an enthusiasm for the lineage of racehorses and their versatility from a very young age. After marrying a trainer and immersing in to the world or racing, she was quickly drawn back to the passion of studying a horse’s pedigree. She loves to watch the process form start to finish, from foal to ornery colts and then on to gritty race horses and ultimately thrive in a second career when they retire. Because of this, her non-profit, “Track to Tack” was born. This incentive program is now a nationally recognized non-profit to help get race horses another career post retirement. “It’s amazing to get to work along side your husband day in and day out doing something together you love. The horses become our family. We care about them and want to make sure they all still have a purpose when they leave us.” She is currently riding a past APHA World Champion running horse, with plans to show him at the APHA world show in the barrel racing, with hopes of adding to his story, letting him be an APHA world champion again, but in a different crowd and different light this time. She is determined to motivate all women that anything they set their mind to, is possible and no matter where a good horse comes from, they’re “never a bad color.”

Kelli Neubert is the woman behind Palm Tree Ponies. She works alongside her husband Luke, starting horses and operating a 2 year old cowhorse and cutting program in Stephenville Texas. She has a daughter Mae and son Louie, who are also a big part of the day-to-day operations. Kelli grew up on the central coast of California and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Journalism and Mass Communications degree. She married Luke in 2011 and they moved to Texas in 2014. Her professional goals include pursuing financial freedom via real estate; raising, training, selling and promoting an elite quality of versatile ponies and performance horses and continuing to foster different outlets for her writing. Her personal goals revolve around raising independent Christian children, staying dedicated to her fitness, pursuing her passion for food (both eating and cooking) and showing horses/roping on a more competitive level. She also writes for Western Horseman via an online horsemanship blog titled “Neu Perspectives.” Mae Neubert was born in September of 2016 and has been a dedicated rider and student of horses since she could walk. Mae is an integral (and fun!)part of her parents’ day-to-day operation. Her goals include teaching horses tricks and to race ponies professionally. She also likes to go fishing, cook and play with goats.

Presley Rose, Business owner and Content creator Combining Country roots with a vintage flair, Presley Rose is among a handful of women making a name for themselves as Western Style content creators. Presley collaborates with some of the big southern style brands as well as promotes her fashion boutique and custom jewelry makers. She uses her platform to promote here passions, while at the same time helping brands expand their horizons. Presley reached an audience of over 2.3 million on Instagram in just one week in February 2021. She launched a creator management company with her mother in 2022. She’s a born and raised Texas girl, and spent most of her childhood in the outdoors. She could be found in deer blinds or in a field hunting ducks. Taking the bull by the horns, this busy multi-talented influencer is not just a content creator, but also graduate of Texas A&M Agricultural Business.

Born in Florida and raised on a dairy farm with a passion for living life to the fullest. Clean eating, good energy, strong work ethics and integrity were instilled in me from a young age and are characteristics that I strongly believe in.
My passion for horses started at a young age and I was fortunate to have Kim Landry as a mentor and my dad who went above and beyond to encourage me, enable me with opportunities and remind me that “It’s not your turn, just keep working, your turn will come.”
Barrel Racing and breeding is a huge roller coaster. Enjoy The Ride!

Tammy resides in Weatherford, Texas. A native Australian, Sronce came to Texas to purse a career in the equine industry. For many years, Sronce worked alongside Hall of Fame cutting horse trainer, Lindy Burch of Oxbow Ranch, before focusing on the sport of cowboy mounted shooting. Sronce is a multiple CMSA World Champion Cowgirl, National Champion Cowgirl, High Point National Champion, National Rifle Champion, and claims titles from both the Western and Eastern U.S. Championships. She is a past World Record holder and current APHA World Champion. Sronce was the first ever cowgirl competitor in CMSA to reach the Level 6 status, the first cowgirl to win an Overall High Point Championship, and the first cowgirl to sweep overall titles in all major CMSA championships in a single year. January 2012 Tammy sustained a traumatic brain injury from a collision with a drunk driver. She was unable to compete in 2012 and returned to the competition arena following rehabilitation and surgery to help alleviate the symptoms of Chronic Migraine and Occipital Neuralgia in 2013. In recognition of her grit, Sronce was awarded the Craig Ferrell M.D Equestrian Safety Award for her promotion of riding helmets by Riders4Helmets. Tammy has returned to the top level of competition winning State, Regional, National and World Championships since her return to the competition arena. Tammy continues as an Ambassador for Troxel Helmets. As well as training and teaching the sport of mounted shooting, Sronce juggles a full-time position at Morris Communications Company, LLC, as the Director of Operations for Road to the Horse, the World Championship of Colt Starting, as well as assisting in the operations of the National Barrel Horse Association and the West Coast Barrel Racing Association. Sronce graduated from Colorado State University with a MSc degree in Organizational Leadership, with a specialization in Strategic Digital Marketing Management and a BSc degree in Communication. Learn more at www.TexasShootingHorses.com.

Tina Alvarado Shanahan is a 3 time consecutive American Paint Horse Association World Champion and had a 30 year career in the US Navy. She was the first nurse of Hispanic heritage to be selected to the rank of Rear Admiral in the Nurse Corps and the first female of Hispanic descent to reach Rear Admiral Upper Half (two stars). In this latter capacity, she led the entire Navy Medicine Reserve Component and reported directly to the Navy Surgeon General. Tina retired in 2018. While in the Navy she used her maiden name, Alvarado in honor of her father, a career Air Force officer. She was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2019. Tina is a registered nurse and graduate of the Alexandria Hospital School of Nursing, Alexandria, Va., Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, N.Y., and holds a Master of Health Care Administration from the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health. She was the first nurse to command Naval Reserve (NR) Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) Dallas One, a commissioned unit whose mission is expeditionary medicine. She led the transformation of the unit and stood up the first Reserve EMF in 2011. Rear Admiral Alvarado began her Navy Reserve career as a direct commissioned officer and attended school at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. She was called to active duty from 1990 to 1991 in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and served in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. In January 2002, she was again called to active duty in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. She has held a variety of leadership positions including officer in charge, executive officer, administrative officer and training officer. She served as the executive officer, Operational Health Support Unit Jacksonville, Fla., from 2008 to 2010, and commanding officer of EMF Dallas One from 2010 to 2012. She also was assigned as Commander, Navy Expeditionary Medicine (RC) and Deputy Director, Nurse Corps. Her military awards include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 awards), the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" device and the National Defense Medal (2). She was also named Columbia University School of Nursing 2011 Distinguished Alumni and is a recipient of North Carolina’s highest award for service, the Long Leaf Pine. Tina lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband, Kieran Shanahan. They have a small farm where they breed and raise World Champion level double registered APHA and AQHA horses. They have 3 grown children.

Tracy Sheffield has been active in horse racing since moving to Texas 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 Texas. Tracy is the managing partner of a small thoroughbred breeding and racing operation in the Texas hill country. The partnership has been breeding and putting thoroughbreds on the track in Texas since 2005. As managing partner Tracy is responsible for selecting the horses for the breeding program and with her background as a licensed trainer she selects the trainers for her horses as well. Tracy has recently been elected as president of the Texas Thoroughbred Association. She is only the second woman in the 67 year history of the organization to hold this position. Additionally, Tracy is on the board of The Paddock Foundation. The Paddock Foundation is dedicated to the whole life of the thoroughbred horse. Tracy developed the Roses to Ribbons Old Fashioned Horse Fair as a way to move thoroughbreds retiring from racing on to second careers. To date the Horse Fair has re-homed almost 200 thoroughbreds. Tracy also enjoys showing horses and makes a point of only riding off the track thoroughbreds in the show ring. Tracy has qualified two thoroughbreds for regionals in dressage. Tracy Sheffield is a managing partner in T & L Veterinary Business Consulting. The company assists veterinarians in managing the business side of their practice. Tracy is widely published in the field of veterinary business management and has been a speaker at veterinary conferences across the country. In her free time, Tracy can be found on the back of a thoroughbred either in the show ring or on the trail.

Venessa Wood is the Ceo of Ag Women Connect, a Christian based-thriving, nation-wide organization, that supports and “agvocates” for women in agriculture, no matter what their role is. Her passion and mission is to encourage women to step into their power, and use their God given talents to live a happy, balanced, and fulfilled life. You can find her talking about how her faith, in every instance, has helped her personally overcome many adversities. Venessa strives to be a good listener of other people's needs, specifically in the agriculture field, and through that connection and building relationships over the years, she built a company around those needs, and created Ag Women Connect in September of 2021. Venessa also has almost 30 years of experience in riding, showing, and training horses. She is a professional and open horse show judge and is pursuing her official judging card in reining and larger associations. In her earlier days, Venessa rode for Texas Tech's first Ranch Horse Team in the nation, and also won the national title at the Congress Horse show in 2005, as well as Reserve World Champions. Aside from raising a beautiful family, two kids, Andi and Brooks Wood, with her best friend, Andrew Wood, she has passionately served as a coach and mentor over the last 10 years in several businesses. On a personal note, she absolutely adores watching her kids play softball and baseball. Her other loves are Mexican food, turquoise, travel, and singing. She is also highly inspired and motivated to help preserve the cowgirl/cowboy heritage and culture, to keep it alive and growing for our future generations to experience.

Wanda Waters and her husband Lou Waters have bred and registered over 1,000 American Quarter Horses over the past 50 years—most with the bloodlines of their foundation-bred AQHA Hall of Fame stallion Colonel Freckles.  Wanda was the first woman president of the Texas Quarter Horse Association and is now an Honorary Vice President of the American Quarter Horse Association and a board member of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, and over the years she has actively served on many committees in these three organizations. The Waters breeding program has produced many champions in the areas of ranch horse, cattle working, roping, and barrel racing competitions.   One of their favorite horses they have bred is Allo Gallo Colonel (“Rooster”) that in 2019 carried their 16-year-old granddaughter Madison Outhier to the championship in the first breakaway roping in The American Rodeo, winning $100,000.