BOARD AND STAFF PROFILES
The Oregon Horse Country Board of Directors is comprised of 7-11 volunteer leaders from within our membership. Terms are 3 years and any Oregon Horse Country member in good standing may apply for an open position. The Board votes on a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Executive Committee member At-Large annually from within its Board. The Board oversees the activities and programs of Oregon Horse Country and provides the staff direction.
| PRESIDENT: Kathy Hall, Kathryn A. Hall PC (term ends 2018)
Kathy is a native Oregonian, who began riding ponies at the age of seven. As a junior high and high school student, Kathy competed successfully on the "A" Circuit throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia in the hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions. In 1996, Kathy purchased the first of two Hanoverian fillies, both of whom went on to become national champions. For more than a decade, Kathy has judged several Oregon Hunter Jumper Association-sanctioned horse shows a year. She is also currently working toward her Steward's license from the United States Equestrian Federation. Kathy is an active member of the United States Equestrian Federation, United States Hunter Jumper Association, American Hanoverian Society, Oregon Hunter Jumper Association, and the United States Dressage Federation. Kathy is also a former member and board member of the Northwest Sport Horse Breeders Association. Kathy is married with a young daughter. In addition to spending time with her family and horses, she enjoys bicycling, gardening, and swimming.
|VICE PRESIDENT: Catherine Ulrey, HomeWithHorseSense.com (term ends 2018)
Catherine loves to help people buy or sell their horse property. A licensed real estate agent since 1997, she started to notice how many horse owners she was selling property for and decided to create a website to focus on that market. The site, HomesWithHorseSense.com launched in 2009. It's been a combination of work and play every since. While she grew up around horses, she never owned one until 2000. Since then she has foaled out 2 amazing Warmbloods, both compete in the Oregon Dressage Society. She personally enjoys trail riding and horse camping with her Friesian, Violet. If there is any time left in the day after real estate and horses, she enjoys vegetable gardening and reading a good book.
|TREASURER: Gay Adams (term ends 2018)
Gay Adams is a volunteer with over 30 years in the horse industry. For most of those years she has been an active member and served on the Board of Directors of the Morgan Horse Association of Oregon (MHAO) as a Board Director, a Vice President, and/or as the Chair of various Committees. Gay is currently Committee Chair for the MHAO Stallion Service Auction and the MHAO Breeder’s Cup Futurity and represents MHAO on the Advisory Board of Oregon Horse Country. As Secretary of the Far West Board of Directors, Gay’s duties are spelled out in the Far West By-Laws and include attending board meetings, recording the minutes for the board meetings, sending notices as required, and voting on board decisions. She has also volunteered to assist with fund raising for the show.
| PAST PRESIDENT: Patrick FitzGerald, FitzGerald Farms (term ends 2017)
Patrick is the owner of FitzGerald Farms in Yamhill, Oregon and FitzGerald Corrals, a licenced regional distributor for WW Systems. FitzGerald Farms itself hosts boarding, training, and lessons.
|Meagan English, Meagan English Coaching (term ends 2019)
Meagan English is a Certified Life and Equus Coach™, as well as an author, speaker and consultant. Meagan specializes in helping professionals discover what they want most, what’s standing in their way, and then supports them in breaking through those obstacles to achieve their very best. Meagan holds a degree from Oregon State University, and holds Coaching Certifications through Martha Beck International and the Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching™. Meagan is also an adjunct professor at Oregon State University and Concordia University, and travels throughout the NW and beyond to speak at conferences. She is on faculty as a trainer for RingLeader Equine Coaching™. She consults with several corporations relative to leadership development for teams and executive staff. Meagan lives near Portland, OR with her husband and two kids. She loves hosting backyard BBQ’s, hanging out with family and friends, playing with ponies at the farm (and her nearly-horse-sized-dog at home), and volunteering to coach youth sports (while she cheers her kids on!)
|Melodie Holliday, Individual member (term ends 2019)|
|Ed Hamilton, COUNTRY Financial (term ends 2017)
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 Persherons 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!
|Teri LeVine, MC2 Marketing & Websites (term ends 2016)
Teri has a passion for community based marketing and specializes in the equine business industry. From logos to print ads to website design and SEO, she provides her clients with a lifetime of marketing and graphic design experience. Teri partners with her clients and provides ongoing coaching and support to ensure their marketing dollars have maximum impact. As a equine community activist, Teri also is the President of the Oregon Horse Country Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that fundraises for equine non-profits throughout Oregon.
|Grae Orchard, Orchard Farrier Service (term ends 2017)
Grae is a native Oregonian whose love of horses runs in his family. His grandfather a cattleman and his father a veterinarian, both avid horsemen. By the age of twelve he was saddling up the pack string and hunting or camping off horseback. His diverse background includes being a commercial helicopter pilot and owning several successful small businesses primarily on the East Coast. Missing his roots and ready for another challenge, he moved back to the West Coast…back to family, friends and horses. Grae is enjoying another successful career as a farrier since 2007 and is passionate about all aspects of the equine industry. Grae has been a member of Oregon Horse Country since 2011. He is looking forward to contributing his experience and enthusiasm to build the Oregon Horse Country.
Brandi Ebner, IOM, Executive Director –971-224-5879 or Brandi@OregonHorseCountry.com