NMHC Board of Directors - 2021
Chris and his wife Tracy, along with four children, are residents of Edgewood, New Mexico. They own two horses, Banjo, a palomino and Tinkerbell, a Clydesdale rescued from Colorado. Chris is a member of the New Mexico Air National Guard where he serves as Command Post Superintendent and has been deployed three times, most recently to Afghanistan in 2019. Chris was raised in West Texas on his grandparent’s cattle ranch where they learned to ride horses and work cattle from an early age. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from West Texas A&M University and was involved in Block and Bridle club and the Agriculture Booster Club. Chris’ involvement in the horse industry is a family affair. His wife is a registered veterinarian technician and together they serve as co-leaders for the Taco 4-H Club which serves the Airmen and families of the 150th Special Operations Wing. Chris has served on the Bernalillo County Fair Board and has been Vice Chairman of the Large Animal Committee. He is also an announcer for New Mexico Paint Horse Association events. He’s part of a committee that formed the East Mountain Rodeo Association and are hosting the inaugural Estancia Valley Ranch Rodeo, a sanctioned Working Ranch Cowboy Association event expected to bring in teams from five states with 400 spectators. Chris has a passion for helping educate and assist in sharing equine experiences to New Mexicans and visitors alike.
Dan Key grew up working cattle and riding horses on a cattle ranch near Datil, NM. After high school he served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the U.S. Forest Service after more than 20 years of service, having worked in the Cibola, Gila and Santa Fe National Forests as a member of the hot shot crew and later as Fire Management Officer for the Jemez District. He has fought forest fires in almost every state in the United States and in Canada. He served as the State Chairman of New Mexico Back Country Horsemen and is a strong believer in keeping all our public lands and trails open to all users.
Katie has been riding /working with horses since she was about 12. She has worked at “Ghorham Scout Ranch” for 90 days teaching Boy Scouts for their horse merit badge, worked on the race track(s), has a training business “Silver Lining Training” for about 10 years and has trained close to 100 horses in that time mostly starting colts but also works on correcting bad habits / training for events etc. She graduated “Oklahoma Horse Shoeing School” in 2010 and has been working as a certified farrier ever since. Katie competes in barrel racing where she has been competitive at the 1D level and has also started roping in the last year. Horses are her life and always have been! Katie lives in Los Lunas, enjoys time with family, camping, and anything outdoors.
Patty was born and raised in Arizona, but has lived in New Mexico for over 40 years. She was the Horse Project Leader for a local 4-H club for over 10 years. Patty is a Life Member of the American Quarter Horse Association where she served on the AQHA Foundation Committee for 2 years and has also been a member of the Corrales Equestrian Advisory Commission for over 5 years. She is a Life Member of the New Mexico Horse Council. Patty believes the Council serves a vital role in representing the equestrians of New Mexico and their equines.
Born in Boston, raised on farm near Cape Cod, Bon Bagley has been falling off ponies and horses since the age of four. Raised with working Morgans and Hackneys under saddle and in harness, Bon’s first horse in New Mexico was an Appaloosa mare, Bon has showed in Appaloosa, Open Driving, Hackney, Morgan & Tennessee Walking Horse classes over the years and helped establish the Enchantment Driving Society. Bon has served on the Corrales Horse and Mule People (CHAMP) Board of Directors; Chair of the Corrales Equestrian Advisory Commission which advises equine policy; member of Back Country Horsemen of N.M. She was instrumental in mounting of “Horse Capital of N.M.” signs at entrances to Corrales as a way of raising awareness of safety for horses and horse-drawn vehicles on N.M.’s roadways.
Dr. Diana DeBlanc, DVM
Diana has been a veterinarian since 1995. In the first 8 years of practice she worked at 4 different mixed animal practices . 17 years ago, she decided to open Performance Equine Veterinary Services and subsequently went back to school to become certified in animal chiropractic and acupuncture. During her time as an Equine practitioner in NM she has seen a fluctuation in the trends but never a decline in the passion for horses. Serving the horse council would give Dr. DeBlanc the opportunity to help the horse community in other facets beyond the scope of medicine.
Steve is the co-owner of Clovis Horse Sales (Clovis, NM) and has been a professional horse auctioneer for over 35 years. He is the pastor at Muleshoe Cowboy Fellowship in Muleshoe, TX. Steve enjoys team roping and spending time with family including his wife, Robin, two daughters and grandsons.