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International Livestock Congress

Women in Ranching to Highlight Livestock Congress

Ranch Horse program to focus on the contributions of women to the marketing of the ranch and the horses they produce

(Houston, TX) – There’s no doubt that women have played a major role in the movement westward in the United States, and with that came their contributions to the development of outstanding bloodlines in both cattle and horses; a fact the U.S. shares with many countries. In recognition of those contributions, the International Livestock Congress (ILC) will continue with its ranch horse theme by presenting “Women in Ranching,” during the event to be held February 25-28 in Houston, Texas during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

“With the significance of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame opening this year, we felt it only appropriate that the Congress highlight the contributions these women continue to make,” said Norm Luba, chairman of the horse program and executive director of the North American Equine Ranching Information Council. “However, rest assured that this program is not just for women. It is for all ranchers and horsemen who are interested in learning more about the management and marketing of their ranches and their ranch horses, as well as what effect those management practices could have on their commercial relationships.”

Headlining the event will be Eugenie Daniels of the Circle Bar Cattle Company located in Truscott, Texas. Heir to the famous Pitchfork Ranch, Daniels, a noted and entertaining speaker, will reflect on ranching traditions that still serve the industry. She will be joined by a slate filled with women recognized as experts in their fields, including; Brandy Blodgett, raised on the 6666 Ranch and now owner of Big Ranch Productions, where she markets ranch excursions dedicated to preserving ranching heritage; Eleanor Green, DVM, Chair of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and Chief of Staff at the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine, who will discuss the top ten reasons horses don’t go to work; and Ellie Trueman of Trueman Communications in Poolsville, Maryland, who will discuss marketing the ranch and the ranch horse. Also included will be a rapid-fire discussion titled “30 Grand Ranching Ideas in 30 Minutes,” which will include these speakers as well as others, along with a live horse demonstration, “Stop Whispering: Start Communicating,” brought by noted horse trainers Scott and Jane Bagley of Dimmitt, Texas.

Also featured at the event will be Dr. Janice Swanson of Kansas State University’s International Meat and Livestock Program who will bring insight into the International Ranching Standards of the Future. As the associate director of the program, she covers a broad range of production issues in animal science and agricultural policy and will provide an interesting perspective into how international culture and policies on such issues as animal rights, management techniques and political influence can positively or adversely affect corporate commercial relationships.

The horse program will be held Thursday, February 26 and is included in the complete Congress program for $300 or as a stand-alone registration fee of $100. Forms are available by going to the Congress web site at For more information about the International Livestock Congress, managed by the International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation (ISEF), contact ISEF Executive Director Julie Kimball at 817-367-6563 or e-mail


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