Danae Ross and her mother Kendra are the dynamic duo of Bureau County. You name it and they probably do it! One of their greatest passions is to ride horses. They have four horses altogether. “My favorite horse is Diamond because she is so easy-going and sweet” Danae said. Her and Kendra raised a few of the horses from when they were babies. Together, they teach the horses how to ride with someone on their back and how to perform certain maneuvers, like hopping over logs and staying on the path for trail rides. For the past 15 years, they have traveled to Missouri for the Big Creek Trail ride. Big Creek provides scrumptious buffet-style meals and good entertainment, as well as incredible trails. It’s all hilly, mountainous forestland with a gorgeous river and the view from the top of the mountain is simply breathtaking.
Along with their love for horses, the duo also loves to work on landscape together. When pulling into their driveway, one sees landscape that many can only dream about! Kendra was willing enough to lend us a few helpful tips on how they keep their flowerbeds looking flawlessly beautiful. She says the best gardening tip is to start mulching early and use plenty of it. Mulch is a covering, such as straw or compost, which is spread on the ground around plants to prevent excessive evaporation, enrich the soil, and inhibit weed growth. By applying mulch early, gardeners can reduce the weeds from even getting started growing. Another key to gardening is maintaining the beds daily. The younger the weeds are, the easier they are to pull and keeping up with the weeds frequently will keep the beds in great shape and looking beautiful.
Another activity the Ross duo did together was 4-H. Kendra was the 4-H leader of Western Winning Wonders for ten years. When Danae was president of the 4-H club, the two were inseparable making plans and activities for the club. Kendra is now the Bureau County 4-H Horse Superintendent, where she plans and prepares for the horse show every year. Danae’s favorite part of 4-H was exhibiting her livestock. She showed, goats, horses, and rabbits. Now that’s a lot of work for one person, so Danae and Kendra built a close relationship doing this together, learning and doing all those different things together. 4-H really is a great way for parents to build strong relationships with their children.
As you can see, Danae and Kendra are very involved within the agriculture industry. “It has given us many opportunities” Danae said, “ from being able to sell some of the animals to taking us all over the state to various horse horses, and to just allow us to learn about each animal and the showing process as well as bring us to meet and make relationships with a lot of incredible people.” Whether it is big or small, agriculture is a part of everyone’s life, and is especially a part of the Ross’s.
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