2019 NSBA COACHES SUMMIT
Ryan Cottingim Show Horses
Spring Hill, Tennessee
AQHA professional horseman Ryan Cottingim has been involved and competed in the American Quarter Horse industry for over 25 years. Cottingim is a graduate of the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in both western equestrian studies and equine business management. Following his graduation Ryan spent two additional years at the university as an instructor.
He then opened his own training and lesson program in southwestern Ohio. Ryan had an opportunity to advance his career in the show horse industry and took an assistant training position at Tommy Sheets show horses.
After 8 years of success and advancements Ryan and his fiancée, Amanda Gately, opened the doors at their training program Ryan Cottingim Show Horses in Spring Hill, Tennessee. There, they have established a very successful program earning multiple world show and Congress championships. They specialize in the western and English all-around events as well as coaching amateur and youth riders.
Utah State University
Judy Smith holds a MS in Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Therapeutic/Recreational Programing from Oklahoma State University.
Currently, Judy is serving as the Director of Equine/Human Sciences at Utah State University and oversees the Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies Minor and the Community Service Program offering Adaptive Riding and Equine Assisted Learning activities. She has been instrumental in adding Veterans to the therapeutic riding program at Utah State collaborating with cross campus groups and community services.
Judy is a certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International.
Smith grew up on a farm in Central Washington state and participated in the Horse 4-H program for twelve years. She has also ridden and competed in hunter jumper events during her youth career. Currently, she rides dressage with a 17 hand Dutch Warmblood. She and her husband Roger have been married for 36 years and we have three grown children and 8 grandchildren.
Joan Cutler, Dallas based Equest Operations Coordinator, has been involved with therapeutic horsemanship for more than 25 years. Joan began her journey with therapeutic horsemanship as a volunteer at Equest in the early 1990’s. Joan returned to Equest as the Program Director in the Fall of 2013 and transitioned to Operations Coordinator in 2018.
Joan is a PATH International Advanced Certified Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Level 1 Carriage Driving Instructor, an Accreditation Site Visitor and an Instructor Certification Faculty/Evaluator. Joan has served on several PATH International Committees including PATH International Equine Services for Heroes task force and committee.
Joan’s journey has allowed her to work at several riding centers across the Midwest including Children’s TherAplay in Carmel, IN; R.O.C.K., Ride on Center for Kids in Georgetown, TX; Runnin’ WJ Ranch in Texarkana, TX and Braveheart’s in Illinois.
Growing up in East Central Illinois, Joan started riding horses nearly before she could walk. She was an active participant in 4-H Horse and Horsemanship Programs for 10 years. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Joan has a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science.
Joan enjoys spending time outdoors and cooking with her husband, Greg and their family and friends.
Michael Maas was born in South Africa & loved the outdoors and did every conceivable sport he could think of that was high adrenaline- rugby, 3 phase horse riding, breaking horses, hang-gliding, dirt bike racing and sailing.
As a young man, Masse was Assigned to a Parachute Battalion and then in the cavalry as an assistant veterinarian in South African Defense Force.
Severe tremors started for Michael in 2014 and was diagnosed in 2016 with Parkinson’s Disease. Living with Parkinson’s is a tremendous challenge for Michael, after being so independent all his life.
Masse was invited to go to an amazing gym called the Adaptive Training Foundation gym. The Adaptive Training Foundation also partners with Equest in Dallas, TX, which has given me many countless reasons to fight my new battle with the help of horses.
As a veteran, Michael rides with Equest’s “Hooves for Heroes” program. Masse earned a Reserve World Championship at the NSBA World Championship Show in 201
Jessica Harrod hails from Oklahoma and is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. She has been around horses her whole life and has always had a passion for Equestrians with Disabilities.
Harrod has worked at several North Texas therapeutic riding facilities for the past five 5 years, and also serves as the Show Manager of Chisholm Challenge, a three-day Equestrians with Disabilities event, held in conjunction with the the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Jessica also manages the Stars and Stripes Summer Spectacular at the American Paint Horse Association Youth and Appaloosa World Show also held in Ft Worth.
She is a quick collaborator with many organizations to offer opportunities for all riders and champions that cause
Jessica works as the Technical Director of the Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas.
She is also a founding member of The Deidra Fund, a 501-c3 non-profit for animals in need.
She lives in Aurora, Texas and enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her three dogs, 1 cat and her American Quarter Horse.
Bob McKenzie is a successful Entrepreneurial Business leader and Senior Retail Executive with over 25 years of growing businesses and leading Merchandising teams. Bob served as Senior Vice President of Merchandising for GameStop Corporation, a Fortune 500 specialty videogame retailer.
Since leaving GameStop in 2013, Bob and his wife Doreen have been managing Bridlewood Stables and Equestrian Center a business they founded in 2007. They started the business because of the many benefits associated with therapeutic riding for people with disabilities. While doing research to learn about Down Syndrome they became aware of the benefits of therapeutic riding and felt that it could help their son. When the property became available, they purchased it, and have not looked back since.
Bob was instrumental in helping throughout the process of securing the VA adaptive sports grant funding to expand the Veteran Riding and Competition Program at Stable Strides Farm.
Additionally, Bob serves on the board of a number of companies and organizations in and out of the horse business. He was also recognized in 2013 by Worldwide Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in business management and operations.
Tribute Equine Nutrition
Melissa Drew is an Equine Specialist for Tribute Equine Nutrition at Kalmbach Feeds, Inc. During her 12 years with the company she has held a variety of positions, but always in a capacity where the primarily objective was growing the Tribute Equine Nutrition brand. Melissa enjoys combining her passion for horses and the equine industry with her professional life. She currently manages corporate sponsorships, sponsorships of industry professionals, along with various other marketing initiatives.
Melissa received her A.D. in Horse Production and Management from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute and has over 16 years experience working in the equine nutrition industry.
Over the years, Melissa has been honored to assist several therapeutic riding centers with putting together feed programs and aiding them in earning funds for their programs.
Melissa, her husband Greg and daughter Tana reside in Ashland, Ohio. The entire family has strong ties to the equine industry. Melissa's heart lies with AQHA hunter under saddle futurity horses that she has shown at the national level with both the AQHA & NSBA. Greg is a professional rodeo cowboy and equine dentist. Tana is an accomplished barrel racer as well as competing in many other rodeo events.