Gina T. has been with Cargill Animal Nutrition for 12 years in various 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 is an eleven-year-old Golden Retriever, and Ripley is a four-year-old Viszla. The coolest place Gina has been on horseback was trail riding in the mountains of Alaska.
Megan C. has owned and ridden horses for over 20 years. She has shown 4-H and local open shows, schooled and shown dressage for the last 10 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 (a seven-year-old Hanoverian cross) and Cooper (a five-year-old 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 7+ years working in varying roles at the Innovation Campus. 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.
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. Her National Show Horse RHINESTONE COWBOY AF has completed his first season under saddle as the 2013 USEF National Champion National Show Horse Hunter!
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.