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Head Youth Advisor - Valerie Fites Sturgeon
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Head Youth Advisor - Valerie Fites Sturgeon

  Name: Valerie Fites Sturgeon  17510 Courtney Road, Beloit, Ohio 44609 (330)651-6107 Cell vsturgeon@zoominternet.net Where were you born and raised: I was born in Alliance, Ohio and raised in Beloit, Ohio.  I grew up on one of our family farms. Where do you live now and with who: I live in Beloit with my husband, Eric and son, Caleb.  We built a house 12 years ago on a portion of the same farm I grew up on.  My barn and arena are next door at my Mom’s house. Schools attended and activities: I attended West Branch Local Schools for elementary and high school. Most Friday afternoons,
Assistant Youth Advisor - Tammy Gagliardo
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Assistant Youth Advisor - Tammy Gagliardo

Name: Tammy Lin Gagliardo (585)356-1630 Cell gagliardo@fuse.net Where were you born and raised: I was born and raised in Allegany, New York, a small town south-east of Buffalo, New York.  Where do you live now and with who: I live in Hamilton, Ohio on a 40 acre farm with my husband Marc, dog Zoey, cats Dottie and Darla and four horses Stormie, Shady, Kit and Pete.  Marc and I are “weekend” farmers in that we both have full-time careers.  Somehow, we manage to harvest the majority of our acreage as alfalfa hay. Schools Attended and Activities: I graduated from Saint Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Science in
Hippology Advisor - Ruth Somnitz
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Hippology Advisor - Ruth Somnitz

Name: My full name is Clara  Ruth  Somnitz,  I share my first name with my mother. (440)466-9210 Home ruthsomnitz@gmail.com Where were you born and raised: I grew up in Northwest Colorado on my parents’ ranch of 1600 acres. We lived 21 miles from town and 5 miles from the nearest neighbor. We had many acres of wheat and alfalfa hay as well as sheep, beef and dairy cattle, chickens and sometimes pigs. As a youth I was active in 4-H for 10 years showing lambs at the County Fair. I worked for the local vet the last 2 years of High School. Where do you live and with who: I now live in Geneva, Ohio with my husband of
Judging Team Advisor - Jessica Daniels
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Judging Team Advisor - Jessica Daniels

  Name: Jessica Daniels (740)361-9411 Cell jdshowhorses@yahoo.com Where were you born and raised: I was born and raised in Marion, Ohio.                                            Where do you live now and with who:  I live in Delaware OH, with my husband Aaron Jordan, son Dylan Jordan, age 9, and daughter Rylee Jordan, age 3. We operate JD Show Horses and Concord Equestrian Center, a horse training and riding lesson facility. Schools Attended and Activities:  I attended River Valley High School where I was actively involved in volleyball, basketball and FFA. I served as an officer for FFA and participated