Swan Farm - Akhal Teke breeder
For consideration as an Akhal Teke Association of America (ATAA) Board member.
WHY I WANT TO BE ON THE BOARD
As a wildlife biologist by training and profession, I am captivated by the mission of ensuring
the genetics of the breed are preserved while the numbers and quality of Akhal-Tekes
continues to grow and the breed recovers.
I have been involved in nonprofit organizations since the early 1990s. I have started three
nonprofits and raised millions of dollars. I would like to help the ATAA get to the next level
of work, building on the contributions of those who have worked so hard already, to preserve
important bloodlines, promote the breed, and create a standard for the North American
Akhal-Teke horse by working with others, both in this county and worldwide.
HISTORY WITH HORSES
Essentially all my life I’ve owned and trained horses (except for a hiatus when I was raising
two sons), riding at various times for both work and pleasure. When I was thirteen years old,
I bought my first horse with money I’d earned. I worked as a professional trainer at a large
Tennessee Walking Horse breeding ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. I trained my own
thoroughbred in cross-country hunting and jumping.
In the summer of 2012, my partner and I visited several Akhal-Teke breeders in the
northwest United States, and we purchased our first Akhal-Teke sport horse, a Nez Perce
horse. In 2013, we purchased our farm and brought home our first pregnant Akhal-Teke
brood mare and gelding. We are now raising Ehyr Atlaz, our nearly one year old Peren-line