2018-2020 Officers


Sue Ponchetti

​Sue became a CowBelle in 2013, was Treasurer from 2016-2018. She was elected President from 2018-2020. 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.

Vice President

Karen Garbani

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 Sinderud

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.


Margaret Drown

Margaret is a 4th generation CowBelle and became a member in 1985. She has held the office of President and Treasurer in the past. Margaret was born and raised on a cow/calf operation in San Diego County that has been raising cattle for over a hundred years since her great grandfather George Sawday started the ranch in 1890. Margaret has been working on the ranch her entire life, returning to help her family after she graduated from Cal Poly SLO in 1980. Margaret’s goals are to reach out to anyone she comes in contact with and tell them about ranching, the beef industry, and all the benefits that the environment and our food supply gain from our way of life. She also wants to see our group become a club that women want to join because it is a fun group of ladies and we love what we are doing.

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