Determined, driven, and not afraid of hard work is how we would describe the women of Horse Guard.
Did you know that Horse Guard supplements is women-owned and operated, from the office to the warehouse? Former CFO, Lori Johnson, “Queenie”, played an integral role in building Horse Guard Inc., from the ground up side by side with founder, Del Johnson. From our very first product to the sixteen different products now sold nationwide, Lori held her own in a male dominated industry and was often referred to as the “woman behind the scenes”. Although growing, the equine industry is still predominately male. In celebration of hard-working women everywhere for International Women’s day, we’d like to introduce the women behind the scenes at Horse Guard.
From caring for her horses to long days in the arena, commitment to a job well done is nothing Ty ever shies away from. Ty meets every obstacle in her day to day the same way she does in the roping arena, with fortitude.
"I love competing. The practice, the camaraderie, the travels, the excitement, and, of course, the win. Team roping specifically is one of the most relaxed, fun group of competitors and is the only rodeo event that women compete right alongside men, as partners and competitors. Even though it is a male dominated sport every year more and more girls and women are getting involved, it's so cool to see!"
Ty became the hardworking woman she is today from growing up around horses.
"Growing up with horses has given me a strong sense of duty and in a wonderful natural way learning life lessons. Important lessons that include responsibility, trust, compassion, respect, and patience."
Those attributes are evident as she leads the HG team with an unflappable desire to continue to produce the best horse supplements for horse owners everywhere and works side by side with her sister, Dr. Kelsey, always striving for better.
Dr. Kelsey Nonella is a horsewoman, nutritionist, competitor, sister to Ty, and mother to two lively cowgirls. Using her knowledge and experience to help customers combat nutritional issues and formulate products to help horse owners provide the best for their horses. Her life revolves around the passion for happy, healthy horses, from spending the day in the office to spending long evenings passing on the love of horses to Riley and Reagan while developing a promising string of horses alongside her husband Roger Nonella. As a woman in business and rodeo, she remarks,
“Rodeo has been a key aspect in the woman I am today. It means you aren’t afraid to get dirt under your fingernails and work hard for what you want. My dream is to raise my daughters that are self-sufficient but are confident enough to ask for help when they need it. I want to raise daughters that are strong, yet have an amazing feel, and are observant of what each individual horse needs.”
Madison, the voice behind Horse Guard, who handles our social media and digital marketing tactics, is fully immersed in all things horses and like all hard-working women, is no stranger to juggling multiple tasks in the office or at the barn. Her ability to adapt and change focus from the back gate, behind the camera, and back at HG Headquarters is unparalleled and similar to life outside the office. With a 17.3 high strung warmblood gelding to a 15hh green broke quarter horse you have to be able to pivot.
“When it comes to being a hard-working woman, like a horses training, it's dynamic and has never been about one thing. Being a strong woman like with all good horses is about being well-rounded. My horses and I are always learning, new disciplines & new tools to help me work better, perform better, and do better. Inspiring women are confident in what they are doing, and I attempt every day to acquire the skills to feel confident in any arena life throws me in. A great thing about Horse Guard is not only are you surrounded by women who share your passion but you are also surrounded by women who are overzealous in being the best they can be in and out of the saddle.”
You can tell Amanda is somewhere in the warehouse by her unmistakable giggle. Her positive attitude is unsurpassed and incomparable. Amanda was drawn to horses and made it her volition to get more time around them. She began volunteering for an Equine Assisted Therapy barn where she learned that the purpose of her work directly inspired her drive to work hard When it comes to her job she takes no shortcuts and could outwork anyone,