Hope Ellis-Ashburn earned her M.S. in Agriculture Education from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville & her B.S. in Animal Science-Horse Science from Middle Tennessee State University. While attending MTSU she was a member of the Horse Judging and Equestrian Teams. A former Extension Agent with UTK holding, among other credentials, a teaching endorsement in agriculture education she is currently a teacher, freelance writer, and blogger. Hope is the author of "The Story of Kimbrook Arabians" and "Always Hope: How dairy cows and Arabian horses inspired grit in a young girl's life." A rider on a variety of breeds since the age of twelve, she has competed in Western, English, halter, dressage, hunter, and jumper classes. She currently owns a Half-Arabian mare with whom she enjoys farm life, trail riding, and competing locally in halter as well as hunter classes.