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Ranch Mom Photography Contest Winners; PLUS: 3 Mom Stories From Readers

Ranch Mom Photography Contest Winners; PLUS: 3 Mom Stories From Readers

We’re tipping our hats to ranch moms this month, thanking them for their love, guidance, support, good cooking, and great cattle handling skills. It seems like ranch moms can do it all. After reading the many stories from readers who paid tribute to their ranch moms in our “Ranch Mom” photo contest, I’m certain these women are truly very special and unique.

View the complete gallery of 30 ranch mom photographs and stories here.

We selected our 10 finalists and asked for help in choosing our champions. 

View the finalists gallery here.

The voting was very close, and our winners were decided by just a few votes.


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Our champion photographer is Brian Galloway with his submission, “Edie.” Galloway wins a $100 Beef Bucks gift card.

About Edie, Galloway writes, “This is a photo of my mom Edith Galloway (she likes being called Edie) enjoying the view on a cool April afternoon at our farm near Whittier, NC. Our place, with silo, is in the valley below with the background including the main range of the Great Smoky Mountains. Unfortunately, none of our Black Angus cattle were in the photo. Mom is now 88 years of age and while mobility issues have slowed her down somewhat, she remains active and strives to always do more. As you can see from the photo, she loves our farm and has for several decades.”

Our first honorable mention goes to Christopher Dalley with his entry, “Kimmel.” Dalley earns a $50 Beef Bucks gift card.

Dalley writes, “This is a picture of my wife Kimmel Dalley, along with friend Megan Skinner, my daughter Saydi, friend Kylee Skinner, and my daughter Naomi. This was after a long hot day branding calves. I love having a good ranch wife. I know I always have good, cost-effective help on the ranch. Plus, she is a great mother to our three daughters, a great cook, a fantastic partner, and someone who will always make the best of every situation. Just like in this photo.”

Our second honorable mention goes to Nicole Kerstetter with her entry, “Mary.” Kerstetter also wins a $50 Beef Bucks gift card.

She writes about her mom, Mary, saying, “My mother, Mary, is a very special person. She raised my sister and I on her own, while going back to school at Penn State to finish her Master's Degree and running our family farm. She has always been incredibly supportive of my sister and I, and attended every school function, 4-H meeting, and countless horse shows. From 2009 to 2011, she volunteered as an Agriculture Advisor with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service and went to Iraq. She worked with Iraqi widows and children, helping to rebuild the agriculture infrastructure. Her proudest accomplishment was bringing 4-H to Iraq, and helping bring together children from different religions and social classes. She was able to establish 42 4-H clubs during her time there. (I believe the number of clubs is around 60 now.) Here is just one of the many articles written about her. I am so proud of her and all that she has accomplished, she has truly made a change in the world.”

As promised, two voters were randomly selected to win prizes, as well. Matt Smith will take home a copy of “The Western Horse,” and Leland Browning wins a copy of “Dude Ranches of the American West.” Both books feature the stunning camera work of western photographer David R. Stoecklein.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this contest! Stay tuned for updates on another fun photo contest sponsored by Greeley Hat Works later this summer.

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of or the Penton Farm Progress Group.


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