The Mendoza College of Business contacted us based on our website to photograph an alum for their very high-quality Alumnae Magazine. Mendoza is a subsidiary of Notre Dame University and Ms. Katherine Merck was being featured owing to her election as the 2016 Rodeo Queen. Katherine has had a love of horses, riding and the Western lifestyle since she was eleven and signed up for a week-long YMCA horse camp (regular camp was full). She was smitten and did all she could to learn horsemanship and "reining"- the very precise control of a horse. After earning degrees in finance and medieval studies, then beginning law school at Gonzaga, she researched the Rodeo Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and many other sources to win an escalation of competitions, finally arriving at Miss Rodeo America 2016. She was obliged to take a year off of law school to accommodate the 340 days of traveling required. Quoting Katherine: "The effect you can have on people with kindness is amazing". Even for our brief contact, she lives in this spirit. For us, apart from Katherine's uncommon warmth, I was reminded of how much patience it takes to work with animals. 

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