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Welcome to Country Tough with Brandy Von Holten!  It is my pleasure to introduce Erica Graham with Graham Equine.  She is a self taught leather maker!  Mother of three, K-State graduate, and excellent horsewoman!  Erica's daughter followed in her footsteps.  I love to support others that are blazing their own path.  It is my pleasure to introduce leather maker and cowgirl, Erica Graham!
Welcome to Country Tough with Brandy Von Holten.  Today's guest is Kody Hanner!  If one day we find out that we are related, it would explain a lot.  We look a like, have a lot of the same values, and found each other at a homeschool expo.  I love her business and she loves mine!  She has written an elaborate homeschool curriculum for homesteaders!  It is K-12 and is nothing shy of being called a one stop shop and a masterpiece!  If you go to my homesteading website, I placed her link there to help you connect with Kody.
Welcome to Country Tough with Brandy Von Holten!  You are about to meet one of my MOST people on this planet!  Taressa Rankin!!!  She is such a wonderful trainer, mom, wife, and friend!  She is a horse trainer, homeschooler, and homesteader.  This podcast is the first but not the last.  If you would like to find Taressa, check her out on Facebook at Taressa Rankin Horsemanship, LLC.  To find more information about Von Holten Rand or services Brandy offers, visit and 
Welcome to Country Tough with Brandy Von Holten!  Today's guest is Diana Thebo- Markworth!   She has been a familiar face at Von Holten Ranch throughout the years.  From clinics, to judging, to competing, to getting married....when there's a horse involved, Diana's favorite mount is a MUSTANG.  Diana is a gift to every mustang she comes across.  Just a friend in general to the breed.  Diana works to ensure that all of her mustangs are versatile.  You are going to love Diana!  
Welcome back to Country Tough with Brandy Von Holten.  Today's guest is Logan Schrag, a Kansas cowboy that owns Diamond Springs Ranch.  His facility offers guided trail rides, a massive treehouse that is more like a beautiful apartment for the weekend, an event venue, and something he calls the "Cowboy Experience".  No horse, no problem.  Logan Schrag and Michael W. Green also do business consulting.  Check him out 
Welcome to Country Tough with Brandy Von Holten!  Meet Michael Green!  He's the owner of Watkins C Ranch in Leavenworth Kansas.  It is a third generation trail facility for people that do not own their own horses.  Michael also does business consulting.  Check them out at 
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten!  OMG, you are going to love today's guest, Liz Dingus!  You will join me in rooting for her.  2021 was extremely rough on a lot of people, but it was over the top hard on Liz and her family.  In 2021, she lost her mother-in-law, father-in-law, her mother, and her 21 year old son (her 5th child out of 8).  Liz talks about this experience and how she found herself at 51 going to college for the FIRST time in her life to become a respiratory therapist.  At the time of this interview, she just finished her first semester with all A's!  Guys, we cried, we laughed, and I became inspired by Liz.  See is the definition of a Big Boss Mare. 
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten!  Let's meet Tony & Merry Kroeger with Heartland Eq Stables located in Sedalia, Missouri.  Before the stables, they dove into a business called The Weed Zapper.  This dynamic duo also pastor a church together where they have done everything from "preach, teach, and play bass" for over 30 years.  The world really is such a small place.  Locally I was elected to our local health board in 2021.  One of Tony & Merry's sons was elected in 2023 and also serves on the health board.  I did not realize they were his parents until the day of this interview.  Just goes to show that Tony and Merry are exceptional parents because I am a huge fan of them, their businesses, and the son, Mike.I hope you enjoy getting to know Tony and Merry as much as I did by doing this podcast interview.
Welcome back to Big Boss mare with Brandy Von Holten!  Today's guests are a horsemanship instruction duo named Tony & Jenny Vaught!  They are a dynamic duo that has been helping horses, mules, and riders reach their next level.  This is a homeschooling, ministry, karate, and amazing horsemanship married couple.  They now live in Florida but frequent the Midwest to share their teachings.  Tony & Jenny are clinicians that are hosted at Von Holten Ranch.  Check out our schedule if you are ever near Missouri.  You won't be disappointed.  
Welcome to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten!  Tina Dulaban is our guest today!  She is the Vice Chair for the Central Region for the Missouri Women in Agriculture.  MO Women in Ag put on a yearly conference called the Women in Ag Conference.  The conference started in 2001 and has been going strong ever since.  The event is in September and on a Monday-Tuesday-and Wednesday.  Weekends are extremely difficult to work around so the Missouri Women in Ag doesn't even bother with trying to work around everyone's hectic schedules. During the event, Tuesday is the "tour day".  In 2023, Von Holten Ranch/Brandy Von Holten was selected for the tour destination.  Mounted archery, line dancing, self defense, and dinner are all included in our air conditioned/heated wedding and event venue!  If you get the opportunity, check them out on Facebook and check out my professional website at 
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten!  We have two guests today, Russ and Dina Brown, the owners of R Bar B in Topeka, Kansas!  Their store is family owned with their three sons also working for the business.  They sell saddles, tack, clothing, cowboy hats, trailers, bits, and everything in between!  R Bar B is also hosts all sorts of clinicians and events in their outdoor arena.  Russ and Dina also specialize in saddle fit.  Someone can take their horse/equine to their business and find a saddle that works.  You can even order a custom saddle if you want a new one.  R Bar B is launching their online in February 2023!  Check out their website at
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten!  Today's guest is Mark Kestner.  Our businesses parallel from close to the same start date and roughly the same industry.  Mark has a company that is divided into three categories:  rental RV, RV park, and now a crappie fishing guide service.  You will love his down to Earth business plan and his willingness to venture out to live the life he actually wants to live.  Check out 
Welcome to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten.  Today we have Karen Cummings as our valued guest.  She has been in my life before Von Holten Ranch.  Karen is now a massage therapist and a Country Tough Trail Versatility competitor.  I do not have a lot of friends that stick around for the different chapters of my life; Karen has been around for almost 20 years.  If you ever need a massage therapist that can get the job done and you want to help a fellow horse woman, then this is your girl.  The amount of people I trust to ride my best horses would fit on a gum wrapper.  Karen Cummings name would be on that gum wrapper for sure.
Welcome to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten.  It is my pleasure to introduce Abigail Hoffman.  Abigail is the owner of Tailwind Horsemanship, LLC and is a graduate of Clinton Anderson's Clinician Academy.  Abigail is a Clinton Anderson Ambassador.  Iowa is where she currently presides, but the world has no limits for this professional cowgirl.  In this podcast you will get to meet Abigail and see what lead her to where she is today.
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten!  Today is a first-generation cowgirl that is blazing the way for her mother and niece to join in the passion of being top performing cowgirls!  You will love the freedom and dedication of horsewoman, Shayla Shipley!  I first met Shayla at a clinic where she was a way more advanced competitor that I am and I WAS TEACHING THE CLINIC!  Shayla is helping develop her niece, Carissa, and helps her mother, Nina.In addition to being a versatile competitor, Shayla and her family breed horses, dogs, and cats.  The dog breeds are St. Berdoodles and Newfi Poo.  The cat breeds are either pure Maine Coon or a half Maine Coon.  They apparently like everything big because Shayla’s family is also now breeding half draft horses!You will be amazed by Shayla’s knowledge and cowgirl spirit!
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten!  Today’s guest is international clinician and world champion horseman, Lee Hart!  He is my trainer and is the longest returning clinician at Von Holten Ranch.  Lee has a staggering list of accomplishments including WRCA World Champion Bronc Rider to WRCA Top Hand to the American Royal Colt Starting Champion to the EXCA World Pro Champion and EXCA World Futurity Champion.  Lee Hart has also completed in the invitation only Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge where he won the Reserve Champion title!  Lee Hart has helped numerous people with their equine and helped even more equine with their people.  His clinics are highly sought after and always have people giving him raving reviews and asking to sign up for his next returning clinic.Lee recently was selected to compete in the Road to the Horse Wildcard Challenge.  This competition is composed of six trainers.  The person that wins the Wildcard Challenge will then go head-to-head in the Road to the Horse in March of 2023.Lee is always a crowd pleaser and always does right by any animal.  It is with great pleasure to introduce one of my greatest mentors and friends, Lee Hart.
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten!  Today we have two of the five owners of Phantom V Distillery, Chris Groves and Mike Hammerly!  Five friends came together to create an innovative alcohol that is closely related to Brandy (the alcohol, not me).  Brandy is made from fruit, but cannot be distilled greater than 160 proof.  Phantom V’s alcohol is coming in at 192 proof.  When you reach numbers that are above the normal classifications, the alcohol becomes a “Distilled Specialty Spirit”.  Now, they are also able to create other alcohols such as vodka by lowering the alcohol’s proof down to 80. Phantom V Distillery built enough room for a restaurant to rent a space.  Colton’s Steakhouse was the perfect restaurant.  Both Colton’s and Phantom V benefit from this mutualistically beneficial relationship.  Plus, the location of the distillery is filled with history and a connection with the 1904 World’s Fair.  You will have no problem understanding why people are tailgating to get into Phantom V!  They truly are doing things differently.  You would think that an alcohol that comes in as 192 proof would taste awful or make you grow chest hair.  Nope!  It is the exact opposite.  Their Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookie Brandy will have you doing a double take to see how many bottles you can bring home with you!  Why is it called Phantom V?  Guess you’ll have to listen to find out.
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten!  Today’s guest does not need an introduction from me at all!  Sarah Leonhard was worked for Purina for an extensive length of time.  She is now an Associate Sales Manager and the Farm Consultant Team Leader.  Sarah discusses Land o Lakes, the largest farmer owner cooperative in North America and its proud representation of the Purina brand and it’s feed  division along with other products and services important to agriculture.   The Purina brand has stood the test of time and multiple ownerships.  Nestle also is represented by the 4-Square checkerboard on pet food and proudly represents its deep roots.   Sarah is also a humble cowgirl.  She and her daughter, Shelby Wells, barrel race together!  Sarah also runs a cattle operation that focuses on an embryo transfer program.  This podcast is proof that smart cowgirls are getting things accomplished now and were paving the way for others in the past.  It is a great honor to have Sarah Leonhard as a guest of Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten. 
Welcome back to Big Boss mare with Brandy Von Holten!  This week’s guest is Kim Abney Shrader.  She is the owner and manager of Shabby 2 Chic Boutiques which is a retail clothing and accessories store that has a store front, a mobile boutique, and is available online!  Kim manifested her boutique, after being in real-estate for years.  Steve, her farmer husband, told her to go for it and that is exactly what she did!  When Kim created the name of her business, she knew she would open more than one location, so she went ahead and put the S on the word boutique!  Her love of adding joy and confidence to women’s lives by seeing them in the clothes is the best part!   This is truly the driving force behind Shabby 2 Chic Boutiques....where you can be a little shabby or you can be a chic diva.
Welcome back to Big Boss Mare with Brandy Von Holten.  Today’s guest is Nikki Freeman!  Nikki is a diversely talented “smartie pants and health nut”!  She is a college professor at the University of Central Missouri and is a cross fit, barre, and piyo instructor!  Nikki is currently working on her nutrition certification.  After turning 40 she realized she needed to change, and the current diet culture was not the answer.  Restricting calories to 1,300-1,500 per day left her without energy and without muscle.  This led Nikki to focusing on macros, which are fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.  It is Nikki’s goal is to educate and empower others to take control back over their health and host retreats that focus on this combination for improved health:  physical, mental, and emotional needs.  It is with great pleasure to introduce Nikki Freeman.
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