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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 3 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:
       
      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, Quiet Rein Riding School (term ends 2021)
       
    Teal Shoop, Oregon Horse Country Board of Directors Teal Shoop, Sterling Essentials (term ends 2020)
    Teal was raised in Leavenworth, Washington where she developed a great appreciation for the outdoors, agriculture, and the land. Although Teal caught the horse bug and began riding at a young age, it wasn’t until later in life that she was able to make horses and riding a significant part of her life. As an engineer and professional project manager for a decade, Teal has always worked to fit riding into her schedule. After relocating from Savannah, Georgia to Oregon over six years ago, Teal has been able to more seriously pursue her passion for horses and riding. She currently owns a beautiful Canadian Sporthorse and enjoys working with him in hunter and equitation disciplines. Teal’s passion for horses has also lead her to an entrepreneurial career. A few years ago, Teal co-founded Sterling Essentials, LLC in order to develop and launch a line of gentle, natural, essential oil powered leather care products specifically for equestrians. When not riding herd on her small business, Teal enjoys spending time with her husband, training with her horse, and gardening.
       
      Katie Uetz, AFCO/LMF Feed (term ends 2019)
       
      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.