Meet the team

Gina T.Gina T. has been with Cargill Animal Nutrition since 2001, and has held a variety of sales and marketing positions. She graduated from University of Wisconsin River Falls with a degree in Animal Science and has been riding and working with horses since she was young. Gina has ridden and shown dressage and reining, shown American Quarter Horses in pleasure events, and also rode Paso Fino horses for a summer. She’s currently horseless, but does have two dogs: Ace, a calm, elderly Golden Retriever, and Ripley, a not-so-calm, young Viszla. The most memorable place Gina has been on horseback was trail riding in the mountains of Alaska.

Megan C.Megan C. has owned and ridden horses for over 25 years. She has shown 4-H and local open shows, schooled and shown dressage for the last 15 years, and ridden and shown a variety of horses from POA’s to Arabians to Thoroughbreds & Warmbloods. Megan’s first job was at a tack store, and later she worked as a professional groom for an Arabian Halter barn traveling to shows in the upper midwest and Canada. She has two geldings that she bred: Ferris (Hanoverian cross) and Cooper (Holsteiner Cross). Her dog, Lucy, is a three-year-old tri-colored English Shepherd adopted from the National English Shepherd Rescue. Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University and has been with Cargill for 12+ years working in varying roles, from R&D to Marketing. Currently she lives on a 10-acre hobby farm outside of the Twin Cities.

Roy J. joined Cargill in 1993 and works with research teams at the Cargill Animal Nutrition Innovation Center in Elk River, MN where he is responsible for the development and formulation of horse feeds and specialty products. Prior to joining Cargill, Roy was an instructor and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota-Waseca and taught equine management, evaluation, training and nutrition for 17 years.  He also enjoys announcing and judging horse shows.

Emily L. is the Innovation Development Manager on the Cargill Animal Nutrition Innovation team – responsible for research and development in the areas of equine and pet nutrition. She holds a Ph.D. in Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Rutgers. Emily volunteers with the Minnesota Search and Rescue Dog Association along with her husband and German Shepherd “Cleo.” She loves outdoor recreation and can be found hiking (snow shoeing in Minnesota), downhill skiing, or white water rafting whenever she gets a chance (or when she’s not at the barn). Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Animal Science and the Equine Science Society.

Gayle R. is an Equine Specialist on the Cargill Animal Nutrition team, where she coordinates programs with universities and organizations to create consumer awareness of Nutrena brands. She is a graduate of the University of Akron with a B.A. in Business Communications. Gayle also is a member of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, from whom she has earned the Equine Professional Animal Scientist title, and the Equine Science Society. She is also a board member of the District One National Show Horse Association.

Gayle is also a Professor at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, where she is an adjunct faculty member of the Equine Studies department, and teaches Equine Nutrition to Junior and Senior students. She has been a featured speaker at the USEA Convention,  the Equine Affaire in Massachusetts and Ohio, The Ohio State University, Cornell, the AAEP Horseman’s Day in Virginia, the New York State Racing Commission and Miami University.  Gayle and her husband own Academy Farms, where they raise and train their own Arabians and National show horses, and enjoy showing their horses on the USEF Class A show circuit.  Along with her National Show Horse RHINESTONE COWBOY AF, Gayle was named the 2014 Arabian Horse Association Region 14 Sport Horse Rider /Handler of the Year!

Tiffany T. joined Cargill 7 years ago and has served in various sales, marketing and customer service positions.  She is currently a Sales Territory Consultant in Washington focused serving Nutrena brand customers.  Tiffany was raised on a commercial cattle ranch and has been involved in rodeo, trail and ranch riding, 4-H horse showing and FFA horse judging teams.  Tiffany’s coolest horseback experience was a ride through Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona as a member of the Collegiate Horsemen’s Association with Colorado State University.  Tiffany currently lives on a small farm in Eastern Washington and enjoys spending time with her family.

Carlos June 2014 Jump croppedCaitlin G. comes from an equestrian family, and grew up on a horse farm where they boarded, taught lessons and trained dressage and hunter/jumpers.  Her grandfather and his brothers were fox hunters, and her mother is a trainer. She graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 2005 with a degree in Equine Studies and then from Post University in 2012 with a degree in marketing.  Before joining the Cargill Animal Nutrition team in 2010, she managed and taught at a full service A circuit hunter jumper facility in Connecticut.  Caitlin currently has a wonderful Holsteiner gelding named Carlos, who is kept at her sister-in-laws eventing farm.

HeidiA_blogHeidi A. works with the research teams at the Cargill Animal Nutrition Innovation Center in Elk River, MN where she is responsible for the innovation and development of animal feeds including Equine. Prior to joining Cargill she spent 15 years in Veterinary Health. She is a member of the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians. Heidi holds a Masters degree in Public Health with a Nutrition emphasis, a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. Heidi has previously shown horses in Dressage, Jumpers and Hunters on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association teams at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ.  Heidi enjoys riding in her leisure time at a local Equestrian Center in Minneapolis, MN.


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