Do Or Do Knot® Sponsored Riders are true ambassadors for our products, representing a rainbow of disciplines and philosophies. They are the first ones to test and review our products, and the first riders we contact if we have questions or are looking to add more features to our products. These equestrians know their horses’ needs and appreciate the balance between safety and comfort for their horses while maintaining convenience and control for themselves. We are proud and honored to call these riders friends and partners, and hope that you show them your support in all of their riding, training, and competition adventures!
If you are interested in becoming an official Do Or Do Knot®-sponsored rider, contact us for more information and to apply.
Discipline: Barrel Racing
Horses: Jazz Flasher, Cowboys Miss N
Bio: Jessica started riding at 10 years old, and though she had dreamed about competing in barrel racing since the first time she attended a rodeo, she wasn’t able to get involved in competition until she was an adult. She earned her first check at her second rodeo and was hooked.Jessica says, “I am a mother to 2 beautiful girls who happen to be my biggest cheerleaders. Both girls spend endless hours riding and enjoying the horses with me. Horses are our entire life and have taught many lessons from seeing all the hard work and endless hours it takes to be successful pay off, to building self –confidence, and most importantly during times of struggle to never ever give up.”As Jessica continues to gain steam in the rodeo circuit, her goals for the 2017 season are to continue making progress with her runs and make it to the APRA Finals. She and her daughters love the many style options and custom fit of Do Or Do Knot® Rope Halters. Jessica also owns and manages Pistol Lilly Ranch.
Discipline: Barrel Racing
Horses: Unbridled Memories (“Worm,” Quarter Horse), Carona Cowgirl (“Happy Hour,” Quarter Horse), Bar Tee Peanut (“Peanut,” Quarter Horse), Gee Force Cash (“Gee,” Quarter Horse), NB Nikidy Split “Nikidy”
Bio: Jana grew up in a family that loved horses. She has been riding horses every since she can remember, and won her first saddle when she was six years old… after that, things only got better! Jana has had several amazing animal athletes that have helped her get where she is today. She now competes in many futurities all across the United States. Every year, she trains a three-year-old to compete in the futurities all during their 4-year-old year, and also has a few open horses that she rides at the rodeos and large barrel races. In 2016, Jana competed at the Houston Livestock Show Amateur barrel racing, and placed in the top 6 at the 2016 Josey Reunion Roundup short go qualifier on 3 horses. She is also the 2016 M7 Arena Open Barrel Racing Champion and the 2016 KoolSpeed Challenge 3 Champion. We wish Jana the best of luck as she continues to achieve her training and competition goals!
Disciplines: Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Natural Horsemanship/Ground Work
Horse: B-Squared (“Billy Bob,” 2002 Welsh/Holsteiner gelding)
About: Maddie Kanda started riding horses when she took a week long summer camp as a child. After a couple years of lessons, she joined United States Pony Club, where she competed in eventing and is currently a nationally-certified member. Maddie now teaches and mentors younger Pony Club members, and focuses on training and competing in dressage. She earned her USDF Bronze Medal in 2015. In 2016, she was the CSDEA Grand Champion at third level and won the CSDEA Festival JR/YR high point award with a 71.9% at third level. Maddie and Billy Bob were Champions in both the FEI TOC Young Rider and the Musical Freestyle Young Rider divisions at the 2018 National Dressage Pony Cup, and also earned a Championship in Prix St. Georges (JR/YR) at the 2018 USDF Region 4 Championships.In 2014, Maddie competed in the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue’s Trainer’s Challenge of the Unwanted Horse where she trained Raayna, an 8-year-old Arabian mare. The Trainer’s Challenge recruit’s trainers in the Minnesota/Wisconsin area to take on the task of training an unbroke rescue horse with minimal handling and show them at the Trainer’s Challenge competition after 100 days of training. Maddie placed 4th out of 15 trainers at the Challenge with Raayna. Maddie competed again in 2015 with Bug, a 5-year-old Spanish Mustang mare, and placed third overall and won the People’s Choice Award. Maddie also fosters and trains horses for the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation. Maddie uses Do or Do Knot® Rope Halters in her everyday work with both clients’ horses as well as her own. While many do not associate dressage with rope halters and natural horsemanship, Maddie strives to show how training your horse on the ground can lead to more trust and respect while in the saddle.
Horses: Darco’s Galliano (“Roo,” 2010 Oldenburg mare), WL Bourbon Street (“Claire,” 2009 Oldenburg mare)
About: Ingvill Ramberg grew up riding horses in Norway, taking lessons and competing in Show Jumping, Dressage, and Endurance. After moving to Minnesota as an adult, Ingvill got hooked on eventing and since then has become an accomplished rider, competitor, and breeder at her family’s Woodloch Stable in Hugo, MN. She has competed and placed in horse trials around the country, including winning the 2014 Area IV Regional Championship and placing in the 2014 American Eventing Championships with the Irish Sport Horse named Johnny’s Private Collection. Ingvill enjoys breeding, raising, and training horses and bringing them up the levels, and uses Do Or Do Knot® Rope Halters every day with both her young training horses as well as with Woodloch Stable’s lesson horses and ponies.
Discipline: Western and English Horsemanship, Hunt Seat, Eventing, Show Jumping, and Dressage.
Horses: Hunters Dream Girl (“Trudy,” Mikala’s personal mount, 2007 ApHC mare), Audio Adrenaline (“Audio,” 2004 OTTB mare), Legend (2007 Appendix gelding), Charlie Chex (“Chance,” 2015 ApHC gelding), Secret Classy Zippo (“Rhea,” 2017 ApHC filly), and WSA Pass the Chips (“Ringo,” 2017 AQHA Appendix gelding)
About: Mikala caught the horse bug at the age of 5 after a pony ride at a birthday party, and a summer camp soon after. She has been riding hunt seat ever since. In her early teens, she joined the United States Pony Club, where she learned to jump and was introduced to the world of eventing. She started teaching lessons and training horses to learn as much as she could about this passion. Mikala attended the University of Minnesota, Crookston, where she competed on the riding team in IHSA, coached practices, and taught the dressage concepts class. Her time at UMC also included schooling the horses, conducting research projects on exercise physiology of the horse, and implementing new business management routines in the barn. She enjoys returning to her home turf in the Rochester, MN area, where she has spent time directing a riding program full of camps, lessons, events, and competitions.Since marrying her (also horse crazy) husband, Mikala has started Limitless Equestrian Company. She travels across the region giving clinics to several county 4H clubs, hosting educational sessions and hands on group events for local churches and clubs, and coaching students of LEC. LEC enjoys spreading the joy, knowledge, and love of horses to all, and you will often see them sponsoring and volunteering at community events. LEC promotes all riding disciplines, but Mikala’s heart lies with eventing. Mikala uses Do Or Do Knot® Rope Halters every day, both personally and in her program. Each LEC student starts riding in a Do Or Do Knot® Rope Halter with sidepull rings for the safety and comfort of the lesson horses, and graduates to a bit and bridle when they have steady and soft hands that won’t negatively impact the horse’s mouth. Personally, Mikala loves the safety and comfort that Do Or Do Knot® Rope Halters provide, and appreciates the customization options that they offer.