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Tami Purcell Burklund

Tami Purcell grew up in Dripping Springs, TX just south of Austin where she thought she would become a fireman just like her grandfather. She changed her mind and jumped in feet first into horse racing. Tami tells a story about one horse everyone told her not to ride and not even to get on him. She won that race by four lengths and found out later he was one of the last sons of Go Man Go. She has won every major Quarter Horse race and is the only woman to have ever won the All American Futurity, riding a filly name Corona Cash in 1997, and the Champion of Champions in 1996 aboard Dashing Folly. When she retired from racing in 2000, Tami was Quarter Horse racing's all-time leading female rider of money earners. She rode in 9,475 horse races - winning 2,142 including 87 stakes wins. In 1996, Tami won the AQHA's Mildred N. Vessels Award for Special Achievement in American Quarter Horse Racing. In 2000 she left racing to join the professional barrel-racing circuit and is a two-time Wrangler Nationals Finals Rodeo Qualifier.

Elizabeth James

“Dr. Elizabeth James was born and raised in Montana where she grew up riding for fun. From there she went on to get

her BS in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska, a Masters degree in Equine Reproduction specializing in

Genetics from the University of California at Davis, and most recently a PhD from the University of Kentucky in

Experiential Education. Dr. James started her career as an equine instructor at Laramie County Community College in

Cheyenne, WY where she taught Colt Starting and various training classes. From there she taught at the Chris

McCarron North American Racing Academy and went on to spend the last ten years as a full time professor in the

Equine Program at the University of Kentucky. Dr. James has more than 15 years of experience helping students

achieve their dream careers, coordinating internships, and working closely with the equine industry to develop what

they are looking for in a workforce. Most recently, Dr. James took over managing the business side of Double Dan

Horsemanship and running the Australian Equine Performance Center in Midway, Kentucky with her husband Dan

James. Dr. James has also founded the exciting new Equine Career Coach which offers resources, advice, coaching, and

career services specifically for the equine industry.”

Ben Masters

Ben Masters is a filmmaker, writer, and horse packer who splits his time between Bozeman, MT and Austin, TX. He is most known for Unbranded, a documentary in which he and three others adopted mustangs and rode from Mexico to Canada to inspire wild horse adoptions. Masters studied wildlife biology at Texas A&M University and sits as the wildlife management chair on the BLM's volunteer Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board. He writes for National Geographic Adventure, Western Horseman, and is a published author. Masters is an award winning film producer with Audience Awards at Telluride Mountainfilm, Banff International Film Festival, Hot Docs International Film Festival, the Equus Film Festival, and others. He is currently directing a series of character driven conservation short films.

Tom Seay

Tom has had horses since he was 5 years old. He has traveled America, highlighting some of the most beautiful places to ride and places to stay, featuring them on his show and television series, “Best of America By Horseback”. Some of his rides have included “Old Tombstone”, Jesse James Festival, Medicine Lodge, KS Peace Treaty Pageant, and retracing the history of Jack Jouett Trail Ride. An accomplished professional horseback outfitter for nineteen years, taking people on overnight vacations, he’s seen a lot of country out there! He and his wife, Pat are constantly welcoming people to their working farm in VA. Their genuine “down home” hospitality and farm way of life, make you feel right at home. Kansas and places to trail ride and visit has also been featured in an episode of “Best of America by Horseback”. To see the RFD-TV and CowboyChannel airing schedule, visit: http://www.bestofamericabyhorseback.com/tv-schedule.html You can also see equine events across the country and in your state on their website. We are excited to have Best of America at Equifest of Kansas, 2019!

Kip Rosenthal, Hunter/Jumper Clinician

Dr. Kip Rosenthal earned an AAS in early childhood education, a B.S. in psychology, a Master’s Degree in education and psychology and a PhD in psychology. An avid equestrian, Kip has competed with the USET in a few competitions. She started her business, Benchmark Farms, in 1985 and many of her students won all of the National Equitation Finals, some more than once! Several horses she has trained have been Horse of the Year in Green Conformation, Junior Hunter, Junior Jumper, and Amateur Owner Jumper Divisions. Kip has judged all of the National Equitation Finals as well as many of the most prestigious horse shows in the U.S.A.! Kip has written articles for Chronicle Of The Horse, Practical Horseman and Today’s Equestrian. Kip has been actively involved with United State Equestrian Federation as a member on the Equitation Committee, License Official Committee, Trainers Certification Program and the Emerging Athletes Program.
Kansas Horse Council 8831 Quail Lane Suite 201, Manhattan, KS 66502 785-776-0662 ©1999-2016 Kansas Horse Council, All rights reserved.

Tami Purcell Burklund

Tami Purcell grew up in Dripping Springs, TX just south of Austin where she thought she would become a fireman just like her grandfather. She changed her mind and jumped in feet first into horse racing. Tami tells a story about one horse everyone told her not to ride and not even to get on him. She won that race by four lengths and found out later he was one of the last sons of Go Man Go. She has won every major Quarter Horse race and is the only woman to have ever won the All American Futurity, riding a filly name Corona Cash in 1997, and the Champion of Champions in 1996 aboard Dashing Folly. When she retired from racing in 2000, Tami was Quarter Horse racing's all- time leading female rider of money earners. She rode in 9,475 horse races - winning 2,142 including 87 stakes wins. In 1996, Tami won the AQHA's Mildred N. Vessels Award for Special Achievement in American Quarter Horse Racing. In 2000 she left racing to join the professional barrel-racing circuit and is a two-time Wrangler Nationals Finals Rodeo Qualifier.

Elizabeth James

“Dr. Elizabeth James was born and raised in

Montana where she grew up riding for fun. From

there she went on to get her BS in Animal Science

from the University of Nebraska, a Masters degree in

Equine Reproduction specializing in Genetics from

the University of California at Davis, and most

recently a PhD from the University of Kentucky in

Experiential Education. Dr. James started her career

as an equine instructor at Laramie County

Community College in Cheyenne, WY where she

taught Colt Starting and various training classes. From there she taught at

the Chris McCarron North American Racing Academy and went on to

spend the last ten years as a full time professor in the Equine Program at

the University of Kentucky. Dr. James has more than 15 years of experience

helping students achieve their dream careers, coordinating internships, and

working closely with the equine industry to develop what they are looking

for in a workforce. Most recently, Dr. James took over managing the

business side of Double Dan Horsemanship and running the Australian

Equine Performance Center in Midway, Kentucky with her husband Dan

James. Dr. James has also founded the exciting new Equine Career Coach

which offers resources, advice, coaching, and career services specifically for

the equine industry.”

Ben Masters

Ben Masters is a filmmaker, writer, and horse packer who splits his time between Bozeman, MT and Austin, TX. He is most known for Unbranded, a documentary in which he and three others adopted mustangs and rode from Mexico to Canada to inspire wild horse adoptions. Masters studied wildlife biology at Texas A&M University and sits as the wildlife management chair on the BLM's volunteer Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board. He writes for National Geographic Adventure, Western Horseman, and is a published author. Masters is an award winning film producer with Audience Awards at Telluride Mountainfilm, Banff International Film Festival, Hot Docs International Film Festival, the Equus Film Festival, and others. He is currently directing a series of character driven conservation short films.

Tom Seay

Tom has had horses since he was 5 years old. He has traveled America, highlighting some of the most beautiful places to ride and places to stay, featuring them on his show and television series, “Best of America By Horseback”. Some of his rides have included “Old Tombstone”, Jesse James Festival, Medicine Lodge, KS Peace Treaty Pageant, and retracing the history of Jack Jouett Trail Ride. An accomplished professional horseback outfitter for nineteen years, taking people on overnight vacations, he’s seen a lot of country out there! He and his wife, Pat are constantly welcoming people to their working farm in VA. Their genuine “down home” hospitality and farm way of life, make you feel right at home. Kansas and places to trail ride and visit has also been featured in an episode of “Best of America by Horseback”. To see the RFD-TV and CowboyChannel airing schedule, visit: http://www.bestofamericabyhorseback.com/tv-schedule.html You can also see equine events across the country and in your state on their website. We are excited to have Best of America at Equifest of Kansas, 2019!

Kip Rosenthal, Hunter/Jumper Clinician

Dr. Kip Rosenthal earned an AAS in early childhood education, a B.S. in psychology, a Master’s Degree in education and psychology and a PhD in psychology. An avid equestrian, Kip has competed with the USET in a few competitions. She started her business, Benchmark Farms, in 1985 and many of her students won all of the National Equitation Finals, some more than once! Several horses she has trained have been Horse of the Year in Green Conformation, Junior Hunter, Junior Jumper, and Amateur Owner Jumper Divisions. Kip has judged all of the National Equitation Finals as well as many of the most prestigious horse shows in the U.S.A.! Kip has written articles for Chronicle Of The Horse, Practical Horseman and Today’s Equestrian. Kip has been actively involved with United State Equestrian Federation as a member on the Equitation Committee, License Official Committee, Trainers Certification Program and the Emerging Athletes Program.