Hope Ellis-Ashburn is a freelance writer, author, and blogger. Hope earned her M.S. in Agriculture Education from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her B.S. in Animal Science-Horse Science from Middle Tennessee State University. While attending MTSU she was a member of the Horse Judging & Equestrian Teams. A former Extension Agent with UTK holding, among other credentials, a teaching endorsement in agriculture education, she is also currently a classroom teacher. Hope is the author of two books, “The Story of Kimbrook Arabians” and “Always Hope: How dairy cows and Arabian horses inspired grit in a young girl’s life” the latter of which earned a Literary Winnie Award for Best Memoir at the 2019 EQUUS Film & Arts Festival. A rider on a variety of breeds since the age of twelve, she has competed in Western, English, halter, dressage, hunter, & jumper classes. Hope currently owns a Half-Arabian mare with which she enjoys farm life, trail riding, & competing locally in halter as well as hunter classes.
Photo Credit: Carissa Ramsdell/ Carissa Lynn Photography