Sue became a CowBelle in 2013, was Treasurer from 2016-2018. She was elected President from 2018-2020 and again, 2020-2022. Sue married into a cattle ranching family. Her husband, Bugs is a 4th generation cattle rancher running a cow/calf operation of Brangus beef. Her hobbies include; quilting, reading and tending to their livestock. Sue and Bugs have cattle, horses, chickens, and a rabbit. Sue’s goals are to help preserve the western/ranching lifestyle, remain active in educating the public about the value of the beef industry; not only for the nutritional aspect, but for the impact cattle ranching has on our environment.
Karen was raised in the city and was unaware, at that time, of organizations such as 4-H or FFA. She grew up riding and competing horses since she was 13 years old. On June 2, 1990 Karen married Fred Garbani, who is a 3rd generation cattleman. Since then Karen has been fully immersed in the cattle industry. The family ranch began in 1910 when Fred's grandfather purchased ranchland in the beautiful mountain town of Descanso, which is located 50 miles east of San Diego. The family continues to raise commercial beef to this day. Karen and Fred has 5 daughters that participated in both 4-H and FFA where they showed cattle. Two of their daughters continue the family legacy participating the cattle business. Karen has been a member of the San Diego County CowBelles since 2014. She, along with her daughters Victoria (Tori) who joined the CowBelles in 2016 and Katelin, who joined in 2018, have successfully run and promoted the CowBelles booth at the East County Jr. Fair in Lakeside, CA.
Ashley comes from a long line of ranchers here in the San Diego County Backcountry. She has been a CowBelle since 2015. She and her husband have a small registered black angus cow/calf herd, along with a commercial black angus cow/calf herd. They raise working ranch AQHA horses, as well as working Australian shepherds, border collies and cur dogs. She stays busy helping her husband with their beef cows and raising their two daughters on the ranches, continuing to learn and love the beef cattle industry, and all that goes along with it. Ashley’s goals are to help preserve the western way of life. As well as share and educate the public about beef and the crucial role the industry plays in the preservation and maintenance of the open spaces.
Katie is a first generation Californian, native to Escondido. Her family farming legacy dates back six generations as crop and livestock producers in Iowa. Not wanting to stray too far from her Agriculture roots, Katie was an active member of her schools FFA program taking all classes the program offered and raising market steers.
After meeting her husband, she relocated to Warner Springs to the Diamond B Ranch. The ranch has been a part of her husband’s family for the past six generations. Alongside her husband and daughters, they are raising cattle, pigs, turkeys, chickens. Their meats are sold direct to consumers to fill their freezers. Katie is an active advocate spreading her passion for ranching through numerous speaking engagements and social media. The ranch is founded on the principle of know your farmer, know your food. Agriculture is a huge part of everyone’s lives, although rarely recognized. It’s important to keep people involved and share the importance of small family owned operations in today’s society. She also sits on the Board or Directors for the San Diego County Farm Bureau and San Diego County Cowbelles.
In an effort to give back to her local community, in 2018 Katie completed her term with the Warner Unified School District’s Board of Trustees. Under her 2 years as President, the district saw an increase in student enrollment and an unprecedented budget surplus. In addition she served on the FFA advisory committee. It’s important to Katie that all children be given the opportunity to be involved in agriculture and to understand what it takes to feed the community.
Katie is currently spreading her passion for ranching through social media platforms. Their ranch recently expanded and launched their direct to consumer beef and pork sales program.