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29 received her bachelor's degree in agricultural communications from Purdue University where she also did her master's work in mass communication. Jane lives on her family farm, which is home to nearly 50 Quarter and Paint horses and enjoys riding and competing in rodeos with her three children. SHARLA ISHMAEL, who lives in Benbrook, Tex as, is the managing editor of The Show Circuit magazine, a leader in livestock production and sale information. She has 19 years of experience in the livestock publication world and writes for a variety of national and regional magazines about agriculture and related issues. She grew up on purebred cattle ranches in New Mexico and Texas. HOLLI LEGGETTE is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M University. She teaches agricultural media writing courses and conducts research using her conceptual model to augment critical thinking and create knowledge through writing in the social sciences of agriculture. Before moving to Texas to complete her Ph.D., Holli worked as the marketing and communications director at Western Technology Center in western Oklahoma and volunteered for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Cadet Lawman Academy and the Burns Flat Educational Foundation. Holli earned a B.S. in agricultural business from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in 2005, a master's degree in agricultural communications from Oklahoma State University in 2007, and a doctorate in agricultural leadership, education, and communications from Texas A&M University in 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her husband on his east Texas ranch, and visiting her mom and dad in Kansas. KAREN MARTIN, associate editor of the Perspective (editorial) section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, blames her passion and fascination for horses on a childhood spent reading and re-reading all of Walter Farley's The Black Stallion books. She lives in Little Rock, Ar., with her husband Philip and three exuberant rescued terriers. PHILIP MARTIN is the chief film critic, MovieStyle editor and a columnist for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. In 22 years at the Democrat-Gazette, he has won a number of national and regional prizes for his criticism and columns, including two Green Eyeshade Awards and four Great Plains Journalism Awards.Currently serving as the president of the Southeastern Film Critics' Association; he's also the author of two books of essays, The Shortstop's Son and The Artificial Southerner and the monkey in the nose cone of the Blood, Dirt & Angels ( blog. In his journalistic career, Martin has been a sportswriter, a criminal investigator (along with Dallas -based Hugh Aynesworth he wrote some of the first stories casting doubt on serial killer Henry Lee Lucas's claims to have murdered more than 400 people), a political columnist, a sports editor, the executive editor of an alternative weekly and a newspaper executive in charge of a small chain. Martin is also a songwriter (who appeared on the Merv Griffin Show in the '80s), the world's worst rhythm guitarist and a finalist for the 2012 James Hearst Poetry Prize. He lives in the Hillcrest neighborho od of Little Rock with his wife Karen and three rescued terriers, Paris, Dublin and Audi. CHRISTI MILLER is a former Editor and Field Editor for The Quarter Horse Journal, Miller currently serves as Communications Coordinator at the local rural electric cooperative in Columbia, Missouri. She and her husband, a high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, raise beef cattle on a farm outside Columbia. Their two children are active showing livestock through 4-H and playing sports. SHARON REUTER is a partner in a successful design firm,, specializing in publication design. Sharon has 30 plus years' experience and has won numerous national design awards. Projects include designing startup magazines, one-time publications, custom publishing and redesigning existing magazines and newsletters. Prior to starting Reuter and Associates, located in Baltimore, Sharon worked for Ziff-Davis Publishing, Conde Nast and Time Warner in New York City. DAVID RICHARDSON, the current Ex ecutive Director of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (MTHA), has gained extensive experience in various aspects of the thoroughbred racing industry as an industry executive, advertising professional and entrepreneur. From 1995 until 2011 Richardson served as the Vice President of Hayden Advertising, a full service ad agency in Upperco, Maryland. Among the dozens of high profile national clients Mr. Richardson represented, he functioned as the Executive Vice President of the highly acclaimed Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series from its inception. Furthermore, he volunteered his time as the President of the Maryland Racing Media Association, a benevolent non-profit, which raised and distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars for students working in the Maryland racing industry. In addition to his duties with MTHA, Mr. Richardson is currently the President of Richardson Creative, a firm who represents Northview Stallion Station as well as other industry clients. Mr. Richardson is also the Chairman of the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Political Action Committee and President of the technological consulting firm David Richardson Consulting. Richardson has also led a racing and breeding partnership, which produced several high quality runners including stakes winner Golden Euro. SHERRY ROSS is the radio color analyst for the New J ersey Devils on WFAN 660AM. On Nov. 25, 2009, she made history as the first woman to provide radio play-by-play for a National Hockey League broadcast. In her prior stints as a sportswriter, she worked for the New York Daily News and the Bergen (N.J.) Record, among other publications, where her writing assignments included the summer meet at Saratoga Springs, New York, as well as many Triple Crown races and Breeders' Cup events. She continues to work as a freelance writer. A graduate of Rutgers University-Newark, she was inducted into the inaugural Randolph (N.J.) High School Hall of Fame. Among her prized possessions are photos taken of her with the great racehorses Secretariat and Zenyatta. JEN RUSSELL is the managing editor of, Farm Journal Media's lead online property, which serves farmers across the nation. Before entering the ag industry, she worked as an editor and reporter at numerous print newspapers, and earned her master's at the Missouri School of Journalism. A lifelong horse-lover, she spent her youth riding and showing in Western events. She currently lives on her family's farm in Pennsylvania, and still finds time to take her Fox Trotter, Rosie, out on the trail. 2015 JUDGES

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