The following individuals have been identified by the nominating committee as candidates for the New Mexico Horse Council Board of Directors in 2021.  

Alcorn, John

JOHN ALCORN

John  was raised in the South and then spent 4 years living near Chicago. After discharge from the US Navy, he lived in San Diego and worked as a Mechanical draftsman and designer working in several disciplines including Aerospace and Water Navigation and Water Flow monitoring. He retired to New Mexico in 2017. John has extensive executive experience with various organizations including Explorer Scouting, 4-H clubs, and Junior Achievement. John is the Founding President of a large Woodworking club for employees at General Dynamics/Convair and the Cowboy Dressage of Southern California organization. Several years ago John got interested in horse training after seeing Natural Horsemanship demonstrated on television. His love is for “horses with people problems”. He seems to have a special connection with troubled horses. John volunteered at several rescue organizations in San Diego, holding clinics to lend his training expertise to educate volunteers who do not have much horse handling experience and to re-educate horses which may have had a rough past. John has started and restarted numerous horses but mostly enjoys Mustang starting. Cowboy Dressage is his preferred horse activity.

Bon Bagley

BON BAGLEY

Bon was raised riding and driving traditional Morgan horses and Hackneys on a small farm. She has worked with those breeds,  Appaloosas and others on the trail, carriage driving and occasionally in the ring. She is an advocate of the heritage of horses in the state and country. This has included organizing equine participation in the Rio Grande Valley and Moab Highland Games,  parades and cultural events, educational clinics for trail riding safety, de-spooking and carriage driving, emergency evacuation of large animals, outreach at events and advocacy for horses on the Governor's Rio Grande Trail Commission.  She is the recent Chair of the Corrales Equestrian Advisory Commission, currently working on multi-use trail & traffic safety. A priority is the preservation of horse trails on our public lands, state parks and open space, and support of the backyard horse owner, especially youth.  Bon is a grateful recipient, with her late good horse, Caesar, of a NMHC Lifetime Achievement Award for work in introducing the first Large Animal Rescue Training Program for First Responders in the State of New Mexico. Bon is a retired archaeologist and is currently rehabbing two Morgans. She'd take another Hackney Cob, too, in a New York minute.

PATTY CARROLL

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, where she worked in groups and one-on-one with 4-H members that were enrolled in the Horse Project, teaching them basic equitation and horsemanship, as well as meeting weekly to practice for horse judging and Horse Bowl contests. 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.

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.

DR. MARK EVANKO

Mark is an osteopathic physician with over 30 years in medical practice and almost as many riding and training horses, including expertise in the art of dressage. He recognizes and embraces the many benefits that working with horses can bring in enriching lives, including improving movement and emotional and spiritual well-being. Mark has experienced first-hand the immeasurable impact horses can bring to humans, as well as personal knowledge and deep interest in assisting autistic adults reach their potential.

DR. REBECCA EVANKO

Rebecca first got on a horse at the age of 6 and has loved them ever since. She combines her many years of equine experience riding and training horses along with a Ph.D in cognitive linguistics to advocate for autistic adults, highlighting their often-overlooked needs in society through Wilderwood, the first equine-assisted life and career curriculum in New Mexico designed by autistic adults for autistic adults. Rebecca is passionate about the ways horses can help people maximize their potential and the innate connection between horses and autistic people. She as considerable administrative and management experience in both for-profit and non-profit corporations, academic administrative positions in higher education, grant-writing, and extensive experience with technology, including multimedia creation.

DAN KEY

Dan 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. 

CHRIS MORGAN

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. With a passion for helping educate and assist in sharing equine experiences to New Mexicans and visitors alike, Chris would like to serve as a board member to assist all members in using their knowledge and skills to enhance the council’s ability to reach all corners of the state.  In addition, his knowledge of government policies and procedures could be utilized for legislative action to preserve equestrian activities and sports place in our state.

NMHC Board of Directors - 2020

Kristin Darnell Kreger

President

Kristin Darnell Kreger is a New Mexican native since 1957. Her background with horses includes showing, western, english, dressage, jumping and liberty work. She is a certified riding instructor with “Horses In Harmony”. Kristin has been an active Board member of the NMHC since 2008 and initiated Project Gelding, a castration assistance program. Kristin has dedicated many years of research (New Mexico Equine Research Center) on Wild & Feral Horses in New Mexico. She was invited to give a presentation at the Wild and Feral Horse Summit in Las Cruces in 2018.

Ron Morris

Vice President

Ron Morris has served on the New Mexico Horse Council for more than 10 years. He has been in the horse business in New Mexico for over 40 years and is active with several local and national organizations including NM Quarter Horse Association, NM Palomino Exhibitors Association and the NM Paint Horse Club, holding numerous officer and board positions over the past thirty-five years.  As a trainer, breeder, judge and clinician, Ron continues to be active in the industry as a show manager, national director and still trains and shows horses. It has been an honor to work with many wonderful members of New Mexico Horse Council.

Dan Key

Secretary

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. 

Patty Carroll

Treasurer

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.

Bon Bagley

Board Member

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.

Mark Evanko

Board Member

Mark Evanko is an osteopathic physician with over 30 years in medical practice and almost as many riding and training horses, including expertise in the art of dressage. He recognizes and embraces the many benefits that working with horses can bring in enriching lives, including improving movement and emotional and spiritual well-being. Mark has experienced first-hand the immeasurable impact horses can bring to humans, as well as personal knowledge and deep interest in assisting autistic adults reach their potential.

Rebecca Evanko

Board Member

Rebecca Evanko first got on a horse at the age of 6 and has loved them ever since. She combines her many years of equine experience riding and training horses along with a Ph.D in cognitive linguistics to advocate for autistic adults, highlighting their often-overlooked needs in society through Wilderwood, the first equine-assisted life and career curriculum in New Mexico designed by autistic adults for autistic adults. Rebecca is passionate about the ways horses can help people maximize their potential and the innate connection between horses and autistic people.

Board of Director Nominations

The New Mexico Horse Council (NMHC) is seeking candidates for the NMHC Board of Directors.

Board members serve a three year term and must be members of the council.  In general, the Board of Directors oversees the operations of the council and are asked to participate in monthly conference calls, attend four (4) in person meetings per year and serve on at least one NMHC committee. Board members may also be asked to assist with special projects and outreach events or local equine events. Term of service will be January 2021 until December 2024.

Time Commitment: 

  • At least one hour per month for conference calls.

  • Additional time for committee meetings and special projects. 

  • Attendance at the Annual General Membership Meeting, typically held in January in the Albuquerque metro area.

 

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Must be a member of NMHC

  • Must be considered an individual of integrity

  • Must have access to the internet and/or electronic communications,

  • Must have knowledge of and/or interest in the equine industry, the welfare of equines, and the promotion of equine activities.

Skills needed:

  • Passion for horses and the equine community as a whole.

  • Ability to listen, analyze, think creatively and work one-on-one with people and in a group setting.

  • Willing to learn more about NMHC, prepare for and attend board and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on assignments, open doors in the community.

  • Open to developing skills, such as cultivating and soliciting funds, recruiting additional board members and other volunteers and reading financial statements.

  • Possess honesty, sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly, responsive and patient approach, community-building skills, a sense of values and a sense of humor, personal integrity and concern for NMHC's development.

If you are interested in serving on the NMHC Board of Directors, please submit a short biography (background, equine experience and why you are interested in serving on the Board) to nmhc@swcp.com

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