I was born and raised in western New Mexico and attended New Mexico State University majoring in BioChemistry. I later went on to study veterinary medicine in Colorado. I have raised horses, cattle, sheep, and goats most of my life. At one time, when much younger, I was the NM Stare Fair Queen and Miss Rodeo NM. I was a ranch manager for a 280,000-acre ranch for many years raising registered Angus Branfus and Hereford cattle. I was also the ranch vet for 3000 head of cattle and about 25 horses. I also raised and showed Nubian goats during that time as well. During my ranching years I was fortunate to become certified in pregnancy detection, artificial insemination, range management conservation as well as a certified Brangus judge. I left the livestock industry for a few years and became an instructor for hospitals teaching and supporting doctors and nurses in using a use a new electronic medical record system and traveled all over the country. Somewhere during that time, I became involved in raising the Boers. I was fortunate to have a daughter, who also raises Boers, to board my animals while on lengthy training positions. I have been a member of the AGBA and raising Boers for over 17 years. I have a broad background in the veterinary area as well as marketing breeding stock for both cattle and goats as well as the challenges of raising them in a variety of environments from the mountainous semi-arid lands of NM and the lush, but damp and humid country of Missouri.
Outside of the ABGA I continue to remotely train doctors and nurses, raise Boers and show a little. I have two daughters who were raised on the ranch and were my ace helpers. Lori Peterson who owns ShowMeBoers and another daughter, Kristen, in Florida who is also in the field of EMR on a corporate level overseeing a company who implements the EMR systems. She's not a goat person but Lori and I work closely with each other on the goats.
I am honored to be a representative of my region and all members of the Board and organization of the ABGA.