Karen is a ranch born and raised cowgirl. Originally from Douglas, Wyoming, she calls Willard, NM, home. She spend her childhood horseback, following her grandparents around the ranch and tagging along to trade labor with neighbors.
Truly a product of a family history of ranching and rodeo, Karen boasts grandparents who built a successful ranch in Wyoming. Her grandfather judged numerous early day rodeos such as Cheyenne and Belle Fourche. Her parents were also successful ranchers, and her father became well known politically.
Karen high school rodeoed, helped form the first barrel racing association in Wyoming, was on the U of A rodeo team and later, the CSU team.
Taking her Grandma’s advice to marry a cowboy, she married Lowell, a fellow CSU team member and a rancher from La Veta, CO. Together, they have run cattle in OK, NE, WY, CO, NM, AZ, and NV.