AN AMAZING NEW LIFE JOURNEY AWAITS KATIEUPDATES IN aUGUST 2021
katie shares her personal thoughts on the american cowgirls project
KATIE FAIRFIELD was on-boarded into the line-up as American Cowgirl #14 on DECEMBER 22, 2014. PHOTOSHOOT DATESLOCATIONS JANUARY 26, 2015loiseau ranch - SURPRISE, ARIZONA MAY 21 & 22, 2016 FAIRFIELD RANCH - VALLEY CITY, NORTH DAKOTA JULY 31, 2016 SOUIX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA FEBRUARY 25, 2017 Hawley ranch - SURPRISE, ARIZONA APRIL 1, 2017hawley ranch - SURPRISE, ARIZONA OCTOBER 2, 2019 FAIRFIELD RANCH - VALLEY CITY, NORTH DAKOTAThe actual image which was my inspiration for KATIE’s painting was taken at the FAIRFIELD RANCH, VALLEY CITY, NORTH DAKOTA
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KATIE SHARES HER THOUGHTS ON HER EXPERIENCE IN THE PROJECT
My Dad and his four siblings were raised just south of Valley City, North Dakota, in the Sheyenne Valley. It is one of the most beautiful places on the east side of the state. This is where my two siblings and I grew up and where I found my love for horses as well as the western way of life. We always had horses, but I didn’t get my own until the age of nine. Looking back, I am certain my Dad thought my interests would change, and I would decide I wanted to do something else soon after he brought home that pony. But it only fueled my love for all things horse related. Through local events, and support from friends, I fell in love with barrel racing. My passion for training and personal growth have only heightened over the years. I now have the privilege of entering on the colts my family has raised and I have been able to train. Each day I can spend with them I am thankful! My family raised black angus cattle for many years, but after the major losses from the flooding in 1997, 2009, and in 2011 along the Sheyenne River, my dad made the hard decision to sell out. The flooding also created extensive damage and forced my family to re-locate. But still, our roots remain in the beef and agricultural industry. God guides our steps! Now, I work for one of the largest agricultural and manufacturing industries in the world. It allows me the ability to utilize my education, from North Dakota State University, and live out my passion of working with and positively influencing the people around me. I dedicate any free moment I have to spending it with my horses and I look forward to the year ahead.
american cowgirl #14katie fairfield - north dakotaour cowgirl ambassadorfor theautism associationautism speaks