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.