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    BOARD AND STAFF PROFILES

    The Oregon Horse Council Board of Directors is comprised of 7-11 volunteer leaders from within our membership.  Terms are 3 years and any Oregon Horse Council member in good standing may apply for an open position.  The Board votes on a President, Vice President, and Treasurer annually from within its directors.  The Board oversees the activities and programs of the Oregon Horse Council and provides the staff direction. 

     

      EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
       
    Ed Hamilton, Oregon Horse Country Board Member PRESIDENT: Ed Hamilton, COUNTRY Financial (term ends 2020)

    Ed grew up in Texas with farming and ranching as his backdrop.  With a father that was a farrier for larger breeds, Ed was surrounded by Percherons roaming the property!  His brother and he were rodeo cowboys through high school and college.  Owning quarter horses was natural for the family in the ranch rich area of central/west Texas the family grew up.  Ed has lived in all 4 corners of the US now that he moved to the Pacific Northwest several years ago and is proud to have his attachment to COUNTRY Financial, a company that has express roots in the farming and ranching communities!

       
    Melodie Holliday, Oregon Horse Country Board of Directors VICE PRESIDENT: Melodie Holliday, Individual member (term ends 2019)
    Melodie resides in Central Oregon with her husband and her beautiful Appaloosa.  She is active in the Alfalfa Area Horse Club, Oregon Equestrian Trails - Central Oregon Chapter, and Oregon Trail Appaloosa Horse Club. 
       
    Gay Adams TREASURER:  Gay Adams (term ends 2020)

    Gay Adams is a native Oregonian with over 35 years in the horse industry.  For most of those years she has served on the Board of Directors for the Morgan Horse Association of Oregon (MHAO) as President, Vice President or as a Director, Committee Chair, volunteer & fund raiser.  She and her family own and show 2-4 Morgan horses.  The whole family loves the Morgan horse and the connection that comes from being involved with them.  Gay is currently the President of MHAO as well as Chair of the MHAO Stallion Service Auction and Breeders’ Cup Futurity committees.  She is also the editor of the MHAO newsletter.  She represents MHAO, associations in general, and horse owners on the Oregon Horse Council Board and acts as Treasurer.  Her primary career was as a Tax Consultant and in Banking as a Private Banker and Loan Officer out of the Wealth Management Group for US Bank.  She is now retired. 

       
      DIRECTORS:
      Karla Hoggan, KR Northwest (term ends 2020)
       
      Jennifer Kunz, The Duchess Sanctuary (term ends 2021)

    Horse crazy since birth, Jennifer spent a few years in the western performance and breeding aspects of the equine industry back home in Canada. In 1999, she became involved with horse rescue by saving a few horses at a time with friends. After graduating from college, Kunz began working for the Ark Watch Foundation managing their Knightsbridge Farm in Alberta. The farm was home to more than 140 rescued horses, most from the PMU industry. When Ark Watch partnered with The Humane Society of the United States in 2008 to open Duchess Sanctuary, she followed the herd to Oregon. The sanctuary provides lifetime care to more than 180 horses and donkeys rescued from numerous different situations. Horse rescue and welfare are her passions.

       
     Jill McGrady, Oregon Horse Council Board of Directors Jill McGrady, Quiet Rein Riding School (term ends 2021)
    Jill was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.  She began riding at the age of 7 with Don and Kathy Kerron at Sunwood Farms and then Vicki Zacharias at Rain Creek Farms.  Her passion for horses led her to compete in the AA Show Circuit from California to Canada as a junior and into her adult years. She won numerous awards, locally and nationally in the Children's Hunter and Equitation Divisions.  She later transitioned to the jumper ring and learned the ins and outs of the jumpers competition.  Jill took a brief hiatus from the hunter/jumper world to get married and have a beautiful daughter. As her daughter developed the same passion for the sport, she realized that she was meant to teach. Since founding the Quiet Rein Riding School in 2008, Jill has coached her green riders through their first local shows and her more seasoned riders through rated shows with great success.  Her students have won numerous awards in both local, regional, and open level of shows, including the Oregon Hunter Jumper Association Medal Finals.  Jill obtained her Level I United States Hunter Jumper Association ("USHJA") certification in 2010.  Besides teaching and running her own riding program, Jill is also highly involved in the hunter/jumper community and is committed to the development of the sport. She serves on the Oregon Horse Council Board as well as the USHJA Riding Academy Task Force.  She also organizes USHJA Outreach Shows and has worked directly with USHJA to help develop and expand the Outreach Program.  She also coaches the Quiet Rein Riding School Interscholastic Equestrian Association
       
     Katie Uetz, Oregon Horse Council Board Member Katie Uetz, AFCO/LMF Feed (term ends 2019)

    Rooted deeply in Oregon and the equestrian way of life Katie grew up riding any discipline of riding she could expose herself to, she grew up showing her beloved APHA horse, Hank.  A passion for nutrition began at an early age when Katie was a child volunteered at a boarding facility where she would prepare the grain meals for 20+ boarding horses. Katie went on to attend Oregon State University, studying in the Animal Science program with an emphasis on nutrition. While in College Katie was highly involved in the colleges Intercollegiate Equestrian Team program, where she held many officer positions including team captain. Now residing in Wilsonville Oregon as the Northwest representative for LMF Horse feeds, a Northwest based equine feed company who formulates feeds specifically for the Pacific Northwest, Katie enjoys helping other equestrians meet their equestrian athletes nutritional needs. Katie still enjoys riding and competing on her young horse across the Northwest as well. 

       
      Sherri Williams, Dodge Creek Stables (term ends 2020)
       






     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      STAFF:
    Oregon Horse Country Staff Brandi Hereford

    Brandi Ebner, IOM, Executive Director –971-224-5879 or Brandi@OregonHorseCountry.com
    Brandi was raised in Prineville, OR around rodeos, roping, barrel racing, and western horse shows.  She spent 5 years as the Exhibit and Event Director at the Benton County Fairgrounds, where she coordinated multiple rodeos and agriculture events in addition to many aspects of the annual county fair.  During that time she attended Oregon State University and graduated with a degree in Agriculture with minors in Agriculture Business and Communications.  An Event Planner at heart, but also a strong business person, she joined the Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce staff in September 2009 and became co-director of Oregon Horse Country in mid-2011.  In April 2013, she became the Director of the OHC program, as founder and co-Director Jennifer Johnson resigned to grow her personal business.  Brandi co-lead the split of OHC from the Wilsonville Chamber in late 2015, where she resigned to focus on OHC.  Brandi has enjoyed building OHC's membership benefits packages, assisting with promoting the equestrian industry in Oregon, and helping grow horse related events across Oregon.  She is excited to work under the new Oregon Horse Council name as it brings better recognizion to the work that OHC does.

       

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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