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Hansil Joins Saddle Horse Report



We are proud to announce that Katherine Hansil has joined the Report’s staff as an advertising and editorial representative. Hansil, who resides in Atlanta, has extensive experience in the industry as both an exhibitor and a sales representative. She brings a wealth of knowledge to Saddle Horse Report.

“We are so excited to have Katherine join our team,” said Publisher Christy Howard Parsons. “Her knowledge and professionalism make her an important addition to our staff, and she has a terrific, energetic personality that is uplifting to everyone around her. I think this team will bring a superior level of service to our customers.”

Hansil has been showing since she was merely five-years-old, to no surprise since both her mother and brother train horses. Her mother, Margaret Gardiner, has a 50-acre facility in Virginia and has worked with horses her entire life. Her brother, Robert Gardiner of MBA Equestrians, has become one of the most recognized young trainers to date.

After growing up in the industry, Hansil attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then worked for about eight years in transportation sales before spending about four years at The National Horsemen as an advertising representative.

She is especially drawn to horse shows in the Southeast and will be covering a significant amount of shows in that area for Saddle Horse Report.

“I love the Southeast,” she said. “I think from the tip of Florida to the top of West Virginia and Virginia we have some of the best show horses out there and people dedicated to improving our sport."

In addition to covering horse shows, Hansil looks forward to showing her own horses in 2005, including her gaited pleasure horse Make It Magic. She also has two young horses whom she has raised herself including her five-year-old Any Given Sunday and her three-year-old A Dream In Color.

“It is nice to look to the future with these two prospects, however, I am really looking forward to Anna [daughter], who is almost five, becoming a third generation,” she said.

She and her husband, Mark, both look forward to Anna showing in academy this year. With horses being a family affair, Hansil’s career choice couldn’t be more fitting. She loves meeting new people, making new friends and building customer relationships. She also enjoys coming up with creative ideas and seeing that customers are satisfied with the final product.

Hansil joins Saddle Horse Report’s staff which includes Bob Funkhouser, Leeann Mione, Diana Davidson and Sara Fawk, who is also new to this year’s exceptional team.

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