Kansas Horse Council Information Book
Justine Staten is a familiar face to the Kansas Horse Council as she takes the reins of Executive Director. She has worked in the KHC office and is a regular volunteer at Equifest. Justine has extensive experience in the equine industry with family involvement in 4-H and the Blackjack Saddle Club.
She provides equine education at the annual Riley County Farm Bureau Ag Kid’s Day and was a long-time volunteer with the “On the Trail to a Cure” benefit ride for cancer, as well as manager of several other American Cancer Society galas. Justine is excited to bring her passion for all things equine to her new leadership role with the KHC!
Erin is a Kansas native horse crazy gal from day one. Although there was a gap in time she did not have horses, as soon as she possibly could, she began gathering her herd. Her love of trails began with distance sports
including competitive trail and endurance and like her love of horses, it soon blossomed into trail advocacy. In addition to her current role in training as Trails Chair for the Kansas Horse Council and Chairperson for Backcountry Horsemen of Kansas, she also serves as the State Trail Advocate for American Endurance Ride Conference and has served as the National Trails Advocate for North American Trail Ride Conference. She co-owns a small Arabian breeding business, Prairie Sylvania Arabians and she and her boyfriend Lucas train horses, raise cattle and do leatherwork at their Rocking EL Ranch.
Kallie Emig President
Kallie grew up in Manhattan, Kansas and has been heavily involved with all types of horse activities her whole life. She showed competitively with the APHA for most of her youth career and developed a passion for training horses in high school.
She attended Kansas State University as an Animal Science major for 3 years and then transferred to Colorado State University for their Equine Program. Kallie graduated CSU in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. At CSU, she was a member of the Reserve World Champion Horse Judging Team and the Versatility Ranch Horse Team. Currently, Kallie is the Breeding Manager at the Kansas State University Horse Unit and enjoys starting colts and competing in Versatility Ranch Horse shows.
Marty Bloomquist, Rewards Program Marty has won state, circuit, national, and world champion honors in cutting horse, ranch riding, dressage, assorted Western events, English Pleasure and Equitation.
She was 2016 NSBA Champion in Amateur Ranch Horse Riding and owned the NSBA Open Ranch Horse Riding Champion Horse at the ABRA World Show in Tulsa. Marty has served as show steward for the KSU Equestrian Team and has also served on the Colby Community College Equestrian Team Advisory Board, as well as several horse association boards. She is currently Vice President and Activities Director of the Douglas County Trail Riders in Lawrence. In addition to vast equine knowledge and experience, Marty brings a wealth of business, marketing, and management experience to the KHC board. Marty rides and resides at the Dancing Star Ranch near Tecumseh and believes, “There are no shortcuts to achieving good horsemanship. The journey takes time, patience, and a constant quest for knowledge. It’s a fun and continual process!!”
Jana Barcus, Website Tech, Marketing, Social Media, Board, has ridden horses since she was 2 years old when she was introduced to riding an aunt’s ponies and still loves the horse “smell” and the feel of her horse’s back as she rode bareback. With years of experience properly feeding various animals, training horses, giving
riding lessons, boarding, working cattle, fitting saddles, tack & producing large fun events, she is excited to be working with the Kansas Horse Council. Jana has enjoyed various jobs from riding and training horses for a top Paint Horse Show barn, field representative for various Coops and Feed Stores, producing events and running the family business Better Equine® Feed, BE®Saddle Pads, BE®Natural Comfort Products, BE®Tiree Skin Care & Makeup Line, Everything Horses and Livestock® Magazine and Podcast . Growing her knowledge with continued education and communication is a must in the Agriculture World, she loves helping people with their horses, small animals and livestock. In years of competition, she has won championships, saddles, cash & awards in Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, & stock events. Jana has developed a love for constant learning of new technology and has built websites and helped others with graphics, social media and more. Jana's mantra is "Life is a Journey--Enjoy the Ride!
Greg McDonald, Treasurer is semi- retired from a career in corporate banking. He has been a board member of Saddle & Sirloin in Kansas City for the past six years and currently serves as president. Saddle & Sirloin is an 80-year-old organization featuring all facets of equestrian riding, an Olympic shooting course, and dining facilities.
Greg has served on the organization committee for the Saddle & Sirloin Ranch Rodeo the past three years and applied that knowledge to the 2019 Equifest of Kansas ranch rodeos. He was born in Colorado and lived in Texas from the age of 10. Greg earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance & Accounting and a Master's in Finance from the University of Houston. He spent 20 years with Bank of America, becoming Senior Vice President before moving to Standard Chartered Bank, a British based corporation. In addition to domestic assignments in Texas, Colorado, and California, Greg and his family spent 20 years in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, and London. He continues to consult for a London based private equity firm specializing in investments in Africa.
Dr. Craig Barnett, Legislative
Craig has been a horse owner and equine enthusiast his entire life. After receiving his doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri, he owned an equine/small animal veterinary practice in Spring Hill, KS.
Several years later he started his industry career as an equine technical services veterinarian in the animal health pharmaceutical industry. He is currently the director of the Merck Animal Health equine veterinary technical services team. Barnett is actively involved in many aspects of the equine industry.
He currently is a member of the American Horse Council Health & Regulatory Committee,
the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Infectious Disease Committee and is the AAEP representative on the American Veterinary Medical Association Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee. In addition to his veterinary work, Barnett also enjoys working with horses in his free time. Barnett boards several retired, senior horses on his ranch in Paola and enjoys driving a wagon team and trail riding as often as he can.
Sheryl Strathman, Foundation
Sheryl is drawn to Cowboy Dressage because it provides an opportunity for horse enthusiasts of all abilities to progress their horsemanship skills within the boundaries of respect for the horse and respect for their fellow horseman. It isn’t just about pleasing a judge in a competition. Horsemanship is a life-long journey exploring a deeper level of partnership with your equine companions and human friends. Sheryl’s show background, before Cowboy Dressage, includes AQHA all-around classes, NRHA reining and AQHA Ranch Riding. Sheryl is also a Cowboy Dressage Recommended Judge and Level 3 clinician. Her passion is studying biomechanics through the IHTC course of Science of Motion. The implementation of the biomechanics knowledge helps Sheryl and her students develop sound, athletic horses who are willing partners.
Shanda Mattix is the Equine Program Director at Colby Community College and is the coach of the highly successful CCC Equestrian Team. Shanda also serves on the Kansas Horse Council Board of Directors, is the Kansas Horse Council Region 1 Director, is a state certified horse show judge, and is a 4-H horse volunteer. In addition, she is a Master Instructor for the Certified Horsemanship Association and serves as the Kansas Director and on the Region 9 Leadership Team for CHA. She was raised on a commercial cow-calf operation in Northwest Kansas and grew up showing Quarter horses, barrel racing, and competing in horse judging contests. Shanda is an alumni of the Colby Community College Equestrian Team and Kansas State University Women’s Varsity Equestrian Team and the 2005 Kansas State University Horse Judging Team. Shanda and her husband, Caleb Mattix, reside near Colby with their two children and continue raising the Draper family’s commercial cattle herd.
Julie Carden Board
Julie graduated from Lawrence High School, completed her BS in Ag Ed with a minor in Animal Sciences at KSU, then received her master ’s from Colorad o State University. Julie currently serves as an ag instructor at Burlington High School and
supporting Allen County Community College. When she is not teaching, she can be found riding and training horses, competing in rodeos or checking/feeding/working cattle, or helping in other aspects of production agriculture. Julie has extensive experience in the FFA and 4-H as well as across the Livestock showing specter and hopes to help KHC meet the needs of youth engagement and activities with horses.
Dr. Fred Gardner Board
Dr. Fred grew up south of Emporia, in Hardford, Kansas on a farm where his family has resided since 1880. He ’ s had interest in horses since he was a kid, but his bulk experience has
been gained during his career in Veterinary Medicine. He and his wife Jackie have raised 4 boys who participated in 4-H and their local saddle club in their youth. He now has a granddaughter and bought 2 ponies for her … one for each hand! Dr. Gardner recognizes the significant contributions of horses to the social and economic fabric of Kansas and hopes to serve in the KHC to promote and advocate on behalf of folks new to horses, to encourage their involvement.
Chris Blevins, MS, DVM ; Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center Dr. Blevins received his masters ’ degree from Kansas State University Animal Science and Industry in 2004. In 2006, he graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Blevins did a large animal/equine
internship in Indiana at Janssen Veterinary Clinic and Purdue University Veterinary College. In 2007, he became an associate veterinarian at a mixed animal private practice in Savannah, Mo. Dr. Blevins joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 2009 and is currently an Associate Professor, Equine Field Service Clinician. His primary interest is in equine preventative care and management including equine dentistry.
Dr. JoAnn Kouba, PhD, Dept of Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State University SU Equine Science Liaison
Dr. Kouba is originally from Bellevue, Nebraska. She graduated from Northeast Missouri State University in 1993, majoring in Equine Science. She received her MS from Clemson University and her PhD from Texas A&M University, both in Animal Physiology with an equine concentration. In the fall of 2001, Dr. Kouba jointed the Kansas State faculty as the Horse Teaching and Research Specialist, and currently holds an 80% teaching and 20% research appointment. Her research interests are focused on equine reproductive physiology, she currently teaches 6 different equine courses each year, advises 60 undergraduates, and mentors equine graduate students. Her personal horse interests include cutting and reining-bred Quarter Horses.
Jim Thomas, Advisory Board Jim got his first horse when he was 10, and horses have been a part of his life ever since.
Jim is an avid trail rider and is dedicated to preserving and
maintaining trails on Kansas public lands. He and his wife, Cheryl, authored the Equestrian Trails in Kansas guidebook, which offers information and maps of public trails in Kansas. He is on the board as President of the Kansas Trails Council and is a founding member of Back Country Horsemen of Kansas.
He communicates regularly with public land managers in Kansas keeping them informed of the volunteer efforts of many equestrians in Kansas, who are committed to keeping public trails open and maintained.
Jim has been involved with the Kansas Horse Council since 1995 with many years on the board, including a term as president. He is currently KHC Trails Director. Jim and Cheryl live near Melvern Lake and enjoy spending their retirement seeing America by horseback!
Dr. Justin Janssen Advisory Board
was raised on a farm/ranch in Ellsworth County Kansas. He attended Kansas State University graduating in 1972 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. After a two-year Army Veterinary Corp tour, he
and Mary moved to Indiana where he worked as a predominately equine veterinarian for 35 years, owning his own practice the last 33 years. While in Indiana, Justin volunteered extensively with numerous horse related activities, namely the Indiana Horse Council and served in several roles with that group. In 2007 Justin and Mary returned to Kansas and have since enjoyed the opportunities to reconnect with Kansans in the livestock industry. Justin absolutely enjoys his days in the saddle helping with ranch work.
Kansas Horse Council Membership/Merchandise Membership Year is January 1 – December 31
Spouse Name: (for Family memberships)
Phone: ( ___) ___________
Number of horses owned:
What types of horse activities most interest you?
(Includes $1,000,000 Personal Liability Insurance)
2020 Family – Individual + spouse/partner + children under 18 (Includes$1,000,000 Family Liability Insurance)
2020 College Student (Copy of student ID required) Under 18 must have parent or guardian signature & insurance will be listed under parents name. Parent Signature:
New Life time Individual Membership (Add $20 for insurance)
Liability insurance optional @ $20 per year.
New Lifetime Family Membership (husband, wife & children under 18)
Liability insurance optional @ $40 per year. (Add $40 for insurance)
# of club members:
Horsemanship Rewards Enrollment ( Registration Form required)
$30.00 KHC Member $40.00 Non-member
Equine/Livestock Limited Liability Law Warning Sign or Agri-Tourism Sign
Tax & S/H included in price
Equestrian Trails in Kansas
Merchandise Purchase, Event Registration or Donation to KHC
I would you like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Kansas Horse Council Foundation for student scholarships.
To receive a certificate for tax purposes please submit a separate check
made out to the Kansas Horse Council Foundation. If no deduction is
needed please include donation with membership payment.
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Examples of claims paid under the Personal Excess Liability policy
Equisure, Inc. 13790 E. Rice Pl. #100, Aurora, CO 80015 1-800-752-2472
October 5, 2017 Page 42
Frequently Asked Questions
about the Personal Excess Liability Insurance administered by Equisure, Inc. for Association Resource Group (ARG) and their affiliates THIS INSURANCE IS EXCESS AND NOT INTENDED TO BE YOUR PRIMARY EQUESTRIAN LIABILITY COVERAGE. Q When does my personal excess liability insurance start and end? A Q If my membership starts in June, when will my insurance coverage start? A Q How can I get a copy of the Master Policy? The coverage starts when your membership is approved and the premium is paid to Equisure. Coverage ends 12:01 am on December 31 st of every calendar year. Your coverage will start the month and day you purchase your membership. For example, you will have coverage for approximately 7 months if you joined in June and coverage for 12 months if you joined in January. In both cases the coverage will end 12:01 am on December 31 st . Contact Equisure directly with proof of your membership and request a copy of the Master Policy or email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference your membership affiliation, your full
name, and the date you joined your club. The Master Policy may not be posted on your association/club website or reproduced without prior written consent from the management of Equisure.
Q Do members get anything showing proof of coverage?
Yes. Your club/association will be provided with certificates of Insurance (a brief summary of coverages, conditions and exclusions) these may be distributed only to members. Like the Master Policy, the Certificate of Insurance may not to be posted on websites or reproduced in any fashion without written consent from Equisure.
Q How would this insurance apply if I have homeowners insurance?
A Q I am a trainer and run a horse breeding operation, does this insurance provide coverage for my business? This policy is excess over any other valid and collectible underlying insurance. If you have underlying insurance, such as homeowners/farm insurance, this policy is excess over that insurance. If you have no other underlying insurance this policy would become primary. No. Coverage for equestrian businesses and business related activities are excluded from the personal excess policy. Please contact Equisure for more information or to purchase Professional and/or General Liability insurance for your equine training activity and/or any other equine business operation. A Q If my horse is boarded away from my residence, would this policy provide coverage? Coverage could apply, on an excess basis, any other insurance is primary. This policy provides coverage for equine related incidences away from your residence for which you are personally liable or negligent.
Equisure, Inc. 13790 E Rice Place, Aurora, CO 80015 800‐752‐2472 www.equisure‐inc.com 303‐614‐6961 Nov. 2017
Frequently Asked Questions
Q If I lend my horse to someone to ride, how could coverage apply?
This policy would be excess but provides coverage for bodily injury and/or property damage to a third party for an equine related incident caused by a horse you own for which you are held legally liable.
Q Is my horse covered if it dies?
No. This policy does not provide animal mortality coverage for horses you own. Equine Mortality/Major Medical Insurance can be purchased by calling Equisure (800-752-2472) or request an internet quote at www.equisure-inc.com .
Q How are insureds defined?
Family Membership: includes “you”, your resident spouse and your children under 18 years of age. The each occurrence limit is the most we will pay for the sum of damages claimed against you, your resident spouse and your resident children under 18 years of age. Individual Membership: The Each Occurrence Limit is the most we will pay for the sum of damages claimed against you (the member) arising out of one occurrence. For any claim to be considered, the member(s) must have a valid membership and be in good standing with the affiliate association/club of Association Resource Group. The General Aggregate limit is the most we will pay for the sum of all damages claimed.
Q If I fall off my horse and broke my arm, would this policy provide coverage?
No, not under the Personal Excess Policy. This is not a medical insurance policy. You would need to have your own health or accident insurance.
Q What limits are provided by this policy?
The limits provided under this policy per household and are shared by all member of the same residence: $1,000,000 aggregate limit ~ $1,000,000 per occurrence limit
Q Can I increase the limits provided by this policy?
Q Can I add an additional insured to this policy?
This policy provides personal excess liability insurance for you. It does not allow for the addition of additional insureds. If needed, you can purchase Primary Equine Liability insurance for owned horses on a primary basis and add an additional insured.
Q What should I do if I think I have a claim?
1. Immediately document all the details about the incident 2. Get the names and phone numbers of any witness(es) 3. Do not admit fault or make any monetary payment 4. Contact Equisure at 800- 752-2472.
For any additional questions please contact Equisure, Inc.
Equisure, Inc. 13790 E Rice Place, Aurora, CO 80015 800‐752‐2472 www.equisure‐inc.com 303‐614‐6961 Nov. 2017
Shawnee Woodwork, Inc
Welcome to the Kansas Horse Council Horsemanship Rewards Program!
Earn Horsemanship points for the quality time you spend with horses, mules, and equines of all sizes and breeds! Registered or Grade, owner or non-owner, or as a volunteer, we want to recognize your participation in Equine Activities! (“Activities” do not include feeding, stall cleaning and general maintenance.) Examples include groundwork, grooming, trail, recreational riding, schooling, lessons, competing, driving, training, exercising and other horse care. Earn Horsemanship hours by volunteering at a therapeutic riding program or an equine rescue. Earn double hours on any Kansas Horse Council sponsored ride, or by volunteering at any Kansas Horse Council sponsored event, like Equifest of Kansas or Horse Care 101 workshops! Upon completion of *2,000 hours, you may re-enroll and start over! Must be current KHC Member. (Family memberships, each rider wishing to participate requires enrollment in program.) Must pay initial enrollment fee of $35 to participate and $15 maintenance fee annually after the first year. May ride or handle more than one horse and it is not necessary to be the owner of the horse. Hourly log sheets may be submitted monthly, quarterly or annually. Annual submissions must be postmarked no later than December 31 st . Recognition and awards will be at Annual KHC meeting. If member is part of a current KHC Club membership, each club member will need their own Individual or Family KHC membership and enroll in program for tracking rewards by name. Awards points are not retroactive. Date of log begins on enrollment date and moving forward. Awards are subject to change based on availability.
25 Hours = Enrollment Patch, Certificate of Enrollment & KHC Rewards Bucket Strap
50 Hours = 50 Hours Patch & Coupon for feed product
100 Hours= 100 Hours Patch & Custom-made horse shoe hoof pick & recognition in KHC Newsletter
250 Hours= 250 Hours Patch & Coupon or T-Shirt & recognition in KHC Newsletter
500 Hours = 500 Hours Patch & Coupon or trail gear & recognition in KHC Newsletter
1,000 Hours = 1,000 Hours Patch, an Equifest 3-day wristband pass, recognition in KHC Newsletter, recognition at Annual Meeting & at Equifest! 1,500 Hours = 1,500 Hours Patch, Halter, an Equifest 3-day wristband pass, recognition in KHC Newsletter, recognition at Annual Meeting & at Equifest! *2,000 Hours = Special 2,000 Hours Completion Patch, two Equifest 3-day wristband passes, a special plaque awarded at Annual Meeting, certificate of completion of KHC Horsemanship Rewards Program, recognition in KHC Newsletter, at Equifest & in Better Horses magazine! May also include an interview on Better Horses TV &/or Radio Show.
Initial Enrollment Fee: $35…One program participant per current KHC Membership.
Annual Participation Fee to continue carryover of Hours Logged: $15
*Upon 2,000 Hours completed, Members are welcome to start over again!
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Shawnee Woodwork, Inc
Welcome to the Kansas Horse Council Horsemanship Rewards Program!
Earn Horsemanship points for the quality time you spend with horses, mules, and equines of all sizes and breeds! Registered or Grade, owner or non-owner, or as a volunteer. We want to recognize your participation in Equine Activities! (“Activities” do not include feeding, stall cleaning and general maintenance.) Examples include groundwork, grooming, trail, recreational riding, schooling, lessons, competing, driving, training, exercising and other horse care. Earn Horsemanship hours by volunteering at a therapeutic riding program or an equine rescue. Earn double hours on any Kansas Horse Council sponsored ride, or by volunteering at any Kansas Horse Council sponsored event, like Equifest of Kansas or Horse Care 101 workshops! Upon completion of 2,000 hours , you may re-enroll and start over! Must be current KHC Member. (Family memberships, each rider wishing to participate requires enrollment in program.) Must pay initial enrollment fee of $35 to participate and $15 maintenance fee annually after the first year. May ride or handle more than one horse and it is not necessary to be the owner of the horse. Hourly log sheets may be submitted monthly, quarterly or annually. Annual submissions must be postmarked no later than December 31 st . Recognition and awards will be at Annual KHC Meeting. If member is part of a current KHC Club membership, each club member will need their own Individual or Family KHC membership and enroll in program for tracking rewards by name. Awards points are not retroactive. Date of log begins on enrollment date and moving forward. Awards are subject to change based on availability.
KHC Horsemanship Rewards Participant’s Name: ____________________________________________________________________________
KHC Member ID#: __________________(4 digits or less)
Month/ Day/ Year of Rewards Enrollment: ___________________________________________ New to KHC this year? YES NO
Address: __________________________________________________ City: __________________________________
State: _______________ Zip: _____________________
Email: ________________________________________________________ or preferred method of contact.
Questions or to Return enrollment form:
Kansas Horse Council, 8831 Quail Lane, Suite 201, Manhattan, KS 66502, www.kansashorsecouncil.com, Phone: 785-776-0662, Fax: 785-539-2928, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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