Meet The Staff
President, 2010 - Present
John is owner and manager of Speedhorse magazine. The purchase of Speedhorse in 2010 led to his return to Quarter Horse racing, prior to which time for the past 25 years his concentration was primarily in the cattle and ranch horse industry. Under John’s direction, Speedhorse has implemented the Paint and Appaloosa Triple Crown and High Point Champion Award, as well as the Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award.
Executive Editor, 1997 - Present
Bachelor of Business Administration, with Distinction, University of Oklahoma. Gloria arrived at Speedhorse with a well-grounded combination of hands-on business and horse knowledge. She previously worked as a stockbroker, and received the National Pen Women's Award. She has been involved in racing and showing horses for many years and has been an integral member of the Speedhorse team for the past 18-years.
Production Manager, 2000 - Present
Leann joined Speedhorse in 2000 and, quite literally, learned the business from the ground up. Speedhorse readers have seen huge changes in the publication in recent years. Leann has contributed immensely to that forward progress through her creation of contemporary, progressive editorial design and layout. Leann graduated college with a degree in Graphic Communications and Spanish. Her second language fluency in spanish is also a tremendous asset with Speedhorse’s ever expanding foreign markets.
Advertising Sales, 2010 - Present
Dolli is a true animal lover, and her extensive sales experience makes her a perfect match for Speedhorse. She has a Bachelors Degree in Advertising from the University of Oklahoma. She worked for The Metro Downtowner Newspaper in Oklahoma City as Advertising Director for 29 years. Dolli is now Senior Sales Director for Speedhorse.
Assistant to the Editor, April, 2015 - Present
Heather Ridgway has been involved with horses since she began riding at the young age of three in the English discipline. A native of Oklahoma, Heather partnered with Nickel Ridge Cattle Company in the raising of bucking stock and from that partnership came her prized American Bucking Bull, Inc. (ABBI) heifer, Maybelline. "I love it all," Heather Said, "from helping my grandfather with his cattle to barrel racing, roping and team penning."
Editorial Assistant, July, 2015 - Present
Emily Blankenship was born and raised in Southern California where she was introduced to the horse racing industry when she was hired as a trainer's assistant at Los Alamitos Racecourse in 2013. Emily relocated to Oklahoma with her family and joined the Speedhorse team in July of 2015. She has immersed herself in the varied aspects of the publishing industry, and has become a vital member of our group.
Sales Representative, 2018 - Present
Born and raised in Quebec, Canada, Myriam Maynard earned her Degree in Digital Design and worked in some of Montreal’s finest marketing agencies. Horses always held a special place in her heart, and she came to the U.S. to pursue her dream of finding a place in the horse industry. From working as an assistant cutting trainer to breeding farm office manager, she soon became immersed in the horse industry. Myriam came to Speedhorse in 2018 and has quickly made herself an integral part of the team. In her spare time, Myriam enjoys spending time tooling leather and riding good horses.
Senior Graphic Designer, July 2018 - Present
Jana brings to Speedhorse more than 23 years of experience and a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the University of Central Oklahoma. Her previous experience ranges from newspaper advertising, advertising agency, and over 13 years as a graphic designer/editorial coordinator for the NRHA Reiner magazine and Senior Manager of Creative & Design in the marketing department for NRHA, where her work earned several American Horse Publications awards. Jana received her first horse when she was five, and she went on to have a successful all-around horse show career while growing up. She enjoys photography and especially enjoys catching horses' athletic movements with her camera. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Jana enjoys spending her free time with her family and animals.
Production Assistant/Graphic Designer, September 2018 - Present
After earning an Associate Degree in graphic communications from Modesto Junior College, Sherry Vanderstine worked at a monthly newspaper in Discovery Bay, California. Sherry held many positions during her 11 years there, from production manager to art director. Sherry then owned and operated a graphic design studio in Missouri before moving to Oklahoma and joining Speedhorse in 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys refinishing and up-cycling old furniture, painting, and reading.
Production Assisant/Graphic Designer, October 2018 - Present
Joanna “Jo” Weiss is an Oklahoma native from Shawnee. Jo volunteered at a therapeutic riding center for several years before attending the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and earning her Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in Liberal Arts. She stayed on at USAO as the Women’s Volleyball Assistant Coach for a season after graduation before pursuing a career in graphic design while coaching a club team for OKC Premier Volleyball. An experienced graphic designer, Jo has a passion for art, reading, horses, and sports. She grew up around horses and practiced both English and Western disciplines, but she enjoys horse racing the most. Jo worked for Oklahoma based CMA Strategies Inc. as a graphic designer before coming to Speedhorse in 2018.