Kaitlyn Hoyt

Montana Horse Consultant

Kaitlyn is the owner and manager of KMH Associates LLC. She has been horse crazy ever since she could remember. Originally from Northern California, Kaitlyn started taking english riding lessons at the age 5. At the age of 8 years old, Kaitlyn received her first horse, a 28-year-old Morgan gelding named Mr.T. In 2003, a great friend introduced Kaitlyn to the world of rodeos, barrel racing, and reining. After competing on a big bay gelding named Goose in a reining pattern for the Nevada County Horseman's Rodeo Queen Pageant, Kaitlyn was amazed by Goose's reining training and athletic ability. That is when Kaitlyn's love for the discipline of reining took hold.

Kaitlyn always knew she wanted to move to Montana after first visiting at the age 6. In 2007, Kaitlyn went to work in Yellowstone National Park as a horse wrangler for the summer. That experience solidified Kaitlyn's desire to move to Montana. After being accepted to Montana State University in Bozeman in 2008 in the Animal Science program. During these years, Kaitlyn rode and exercised horses for numerous horse owners and trainers throughout the Gallatin Valley.

After graduation and completion of her Animal Science diploma in 2011, Kaitlyn decided to take an international gap year. In 2012, Kaitlyn started her Masters in Animal Science program at Montana State University. During her studies Kaitlyn continue to work and train with horses.

Upon her completion of her Master's degree in Animal Science, Kaitlyn moved to Silver Star, Montana to help manage a 13,000-acre ranch. She restructured the ranch's horse program by adding in retired performance horses and trained them to become solid ranch horses. During this time, Kaitlyn taught the ranch owner's family and friends how to ride. She developed a successful ranch/performance horse breeding program. Kaitlyn's experience with other critters such as sheep and cattle allowed her to develop and manage a successful commercial Black Angus herd and a 4-H lamb program.

Kaitlyn started showing and competing in reining in 2014 and has earnings over 2000 dollars. She spent countless hours training with the best mentors of reining in Montana, California, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, and Oklahoma. Her biggest accomplishment was qualifying for National Reining Horse Rookie finals in Oklahoma on a Palomino stud called Wimpy Sparkles.

Kaitlyn has been teaching riding lessons in both english and western disciplines for over 15 years. Her forte is teaching beginners to intermediate riders, horsemanship, building a confident and safe rider in and out of the arena, reining, and gymkhana events.

Kaitlyn now resides in Belgrade with her two beautiful children, Adelynn and Boone. With her ranch and multi horse discipline experience, KMH Horse Consulting was born.

The mission of KMH Consulting is to bridge the relationship between horse and rider to find the perfect match. With the consulting program, Kaitlyn can offer a better management system for the success of the owner and horse at home.

To this day, Kaitlyn still enjoys giving riding lessons all around the Gallatin County Valley and surrounding areas.

Kaitlyn Hoyt Equine Expert Montana

Kaitlyn Hoyt Competing In Horse Riding Events

Devon Ragen

Montana Horse Consultant

Devon Ragen has been involved with horses for over 20 years. Shilo was Devon's first horse, a beautiful palomino quarter horse with a barrel racing background and a surprise pregnancy. When Devon was just 11 years old, she assisted her mare with the birth of a gorgeous filly Devon named Cameo. Cameo was the first horse that Devon started and trained completely by herself and went on to compete in rodeos, team penning, and ranch sorting events on. Devon and Cameo also enjoyed trail riding, rodeo queen pageant events and giving horseback riding lessons.

Devon's love for horses drew her to Montana State University where she received a Bachelor's degree in Equine Science and a Master's degree in Animal Science with an animal nutrition focus. During her undergraduate years, Devon was a member of the MSU Rodeo Team and during the summers, Devon trained horses, gave riding lessons, worked at the Emerald Downs racetrack with thoroughbreds, led trail rides in the Yellowstone Club, and worked as a veterinary technician.

Upon graduation with her Master's degree, Devon has been working for MSU for over 10 years as a Research Associate investigating the impact of integrating livestock into cropping systems. She has participated in research incorporating animal science, agronomy, soil science, entomology, and weed ecology. She was also an instructor for the Sheep Production courses, a guest lecturer for the Livestock Sustainability course, worked as the Wool Lab Manager, taught two of the Beginner and Intermediate Western Equitation classes and was an instructor at the MSU Youth Horsemanship camps in the summer. Devon also created a website to help find and connect livestock and landowners across the Intermountain West region to encourage more grazing.

Devon enjoys barrel racing, working with colts, improving her roping skills, and taking her two young sons to youth rodeo events. Devon and her husband purchased a small acreage in Bozeman that was badly in need of rehabilitation and transformed it into a top-notch horse property. Safe drylot pens with shelters were constructed with water and power routed to each pen. The entire property was fenced, and they built a lighted outdoor arena. By managing weeds, fertilizing, and adding an irrigation system they greatly boosted the productivity of their grazing pastures.

Devon's love for teaching and horses has blossomed into her desire to be an equine consultant and pursue her collaboration with KMH Horse Consulting. Devon's experience and love of horses, combined with her history of agricultural research, have provided her with a unique skillset that is invaluable to landowners by assisting with strategic planning to accomplish their goals and maximize the return on investment and enjoyment of their property.

Devon Ragen Montana Horse Consulting

Devon Ragen Barrel Racing Montana

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