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Kansas Horse Council Board of Directors Biographies

(In Alphabetic Order)


Dr. Craig BarnettDr. Craig Barnett 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.                                                                                                                                          


Marty BloomquistMarty Bloomquist, Vice President, of Kansas Horse Council, 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!!”


Dr. Beth DavisDr. Beth Davis is a faculty member at Kansas State University, she is a professor of equine internal medicine and serves as the equine section head.  Dr. Davis grew up in Pennsylvania riding in the hunter/jumper circuit throughout her junior years.  Dr. Davis attended undergraduate college in PA and then relocated to Florida where she attended veterinary college and continued riding as time allowed.  In 1996 Dr. Davis graduated with her DVM from the University of Florida and moved to Kansas to complete an equine internship at KSU.  Following completion of her internship she entered into a combined equine internal medicine residency and PhD graduate program at KSU.  In 2002 Dr. Davis received diplomat status from the American College of Internal Medicine and in 2004 she received her PhD from KSU in equine immunology.  Dr. Davis has been an active faculty member in the equine section since 2003.  Most recently and in addition to her faculty activities she served as the president of the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association.  In this capacity, Dr. Davis works with veterinarians throughout the state and remains active with the legislative issues that impact veterinary medicine.  Although only for pleasure at this time, she enjoys riding in the local Manhattan community and currently owns 5 horses.   She is thrilled to be on the board of the Kansas Horse Council where she can help horses and equine enthusiasts in Kansas. 


Kallie EmigKallie Emig 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 also 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.


Tom FreyTom Frey is a real estate broker for Kansas and Missouri specializing in horse properties. He is a lifelong horseman working for the growth and prosperity of our industry. His bio includes: Life Member of AQHA and National Cutting Horse Assn; Past Member of NEKQHA and BECHA; Past President of both the Kansas and Missouri Cutting Horse Associations; National Reining Horse Association; Mission Valley Hunt; Saddle & Sirloin Club of Kansas City (served on Board of Directors, Producer & Manager of AQHA Show); Advisory Board for Johnson Co Comm College Equine Studies Program; American Royal – Rodeo Committee, Wild West Show Committee, Ranch Rodeo Committee, Chair of Cutting Horse Show, Director of AQHA Show, Director of All Breed Horse Show; Producer and Manager of Circuit of Champions all Breed Shows.


Dennis GoodwinDennis Goodwin, President, of Kansas Horse Council, is a Financial Consultant with American Century Investments in Kansas City, MO. A graduate of Iowa State University, he has been involved with horses in various capacities for the past 25 years. He previously bred and raised Hanoverian horses and boarded a few horses for friends. Dennis is a member of several equine organizations and enjoys all disciplines of riding. He lives on his farm outside Lansing and is the proud owner of two American Quarter Horses, and Irish Draught, and a Hanoverian. He has been involved with the Kansas Horse Council and Equifest for several years and looks forward to advancing the interests of horses and their owners in Kansas.


Susan JaaxSusan Jaax is a Food Scientist and Research Laboratory Manger for Cargill, Inc.  She has Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Food Science through the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University and works closely with Food, Nutrition and USDA Regulatory professionals and scientists within the Agribusiness Company, Cargill. She resides on the outskirts of Wichita, KS with her husband Bryan.  Susan has a strong interest in horses and the many breeds and programs available in Kansas. Susan enjoys all disciplines of riding and has spent many hours with her children competing in 4-H, Pony Club, Dressage, Eventing and Hunter/ Jumper shows. Although she grew up riding in a western saddle, she now experiments across the disciplines including Hunter/ Jumpers, English Dressage, Western Dressage and various trail challenges. Susan has a small mixed herd at home that she cares for, trains and rides including a few Thoroughbreds adopted from various racing and rehoming programs and in training for new careers. Susan has a passion for the equine industry and appreciates the company of the people that are brought together under this multi-faceted industry.


 Dr. Justin JanssenDr. Justin Janssen,, 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.


 MaRyka SmithMaRyka Smith, from Hoyt, Kansas, grew up competing in all things 4H and youth horse had to offer. Her experiences range from representing Kansas Hippology at the National Western Stock Show and Quarter Horse Congress to competing with her Two-Year-Old Snaffle Bit Projects at the Kansas State Fair. Still a student, MaRyka will be a member of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2021. She has served as the Community Service and Philanthropy Chairman for the Kansas State University Horseman’s Association, and a member of the 2016 KSU Horse Judging Team. When she finds a break from school, MaRyka enjoys competing with her mustang, Sven, in horsemanship challenges. As the KHC Collegiate and Youth Representative, she brings a unique prospective on the Kansas horse industry and encourages the membership of the younger population. 


Pattie StalderPattie Stalder didn’t grow up with horses, only wishing for one. As a young adult she purchased her first horse and hasn’t been without one since. She and her husband, Bob, live at their Irish Gate Farm near Westmoreland, where they stand a Connemara stallion, JEF Sir Lancelot. Pattie enjoyed serving for 10 years as the Pottawatomie County 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl leader and has 2 daughters which meant lots of horse shows, barrel jackpots, overnight campouts, trail-riding and parades. When her kids grew up, she showed Western Pleasure at Paint shows and then began taking hunter/jumper lessons.  She is honored to have served as the Executive Director of the Kansas Horse Council since 2007 and retired December 2016.


Justine StatenJustine 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!


Jim ThomasJim Thomas 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 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 Vice President and Trails Director. Jim and Cheryl live near Melvern Lake and enjoy spending their retirement seeing America by horseback!