For the next few years, I would like to work on facilitating the ATAA’s outreach to children, teenagers, and young adults in order to increase awareness of the breed in the upcoming generations. I would like to set up a program that includes information about the Akhal-Teke and the ATAA that can easily be used for a presentation or information packets to be given to young folks. I would like to set up information that targets different age groups that can be given to groups such as 4-H, FFA, Pony Club, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, agriculture and animal husbandry classes, and college classes. I would also like to work on fundraising ideas for the ATAA and development of a grading system in the U.S.
As for a little bit about me…..my husband and I have a small Akhal-Teke breeding operation in California – Pleasant Grove Akhal-Tekes. We stand two stallions and have a foal or two per year. We have been actively involved with the breed since 2006 when my husband purchased our first Akhal-Teke colt. Before that I primarily worked with Quarter horses, Morgans, Arabians, and Appaloosas and had received my Masters Degree in equine reproduction. Once I was introduced to the Akhal-Teke, the breed switch was easy and obvious. For my day job, I am the senior biologist for the Sierra Nevada Region of the Western Area Power Administration, a division of the Department of Energy. As a regular part of my job, I facilitate large projects and work with diverse individuals, groups, and agencies to reach mutual understandings and achieve common goals or compromises. Skills from my day job can easily be transferred to work within the ATAA, as we work with a diverse group of people that all have a common goal in mind – to preserve, perpetuate, and promote (and enjoy!) the Akhal-Teke. I hope that I can use my skills and experience to serve the ATAA for another term. Thanks!