Robert “Bob” King, Managing Director, Ranch Operations
Bob grew up in Manti, Utah and developed an affinity for horses at an early age, working with his Dad, who was a cattle rancher and farmer. After serving aboard submarines for the U.S. Navy Bob pursued his love for horses and cattle by day working for ranchers whenever possible and even started his own herd of cattle. In 1985 Bob was able to attend his first Ray Hunt clinic and his world with horses changed forever…Bob couldn’t get enough of Ray Hunt. Several years later Bob was able to further his horsemanship with help from Tom Dorrance. Buck Brannaman entered Bob’s life in 1990 and has been a powerful influence ever since.
After Bob’s first clinic with Ray Hunt friends and neighbors started seeking his help with their horses. Twelve years later this ultimately led to a career change and Bob has been working with horses and students ever since. Bob and his wife Betty developed a successful business called “Cowboy School”. Bob conducted his School in Arizona during the winter and Wyoming during the summer, while taking his trade on the road each spring and fall conducting Horsemanship and Ranch Roping clinics across the country. It was at a Wyoming Cowboy School where Bob first met Jerry Hall and Joe Cuffaro and instilled the early inspiration for Horse Of The Sun Ranch. Others that have helped Bob on his journey are Bryan Neubert, Leslie Desmond, and Wendy Murdoch.
Bob is excited to now be focusing his energy on the Horse of the Sun Ranch, overseeing operations and serving our constituents throughout the academic school year. His wife Betty, is also active in the operation. Together they enjoy summering in WY with their son and his family (grandkids very important!), stopping along the way to provide clinics to some other long established friend and clients.
Ken Callaway, Executive Director
Ken was born near Patagonia, Arizona where his dad did some cowboying and ran the maintenance operation at the Rail X Ranch. Growing up in Tucson, Ken developed his love of nature hiking throughout Arizona and riding horses on the rocky trails of Tanque Verde Canyon, just east of Tucson.
Ken enlisted in the US Air Force at seventeen and spent 4.5 years as a technician on 2-seater Trainer and Fighter aircraft. His maintenance engineering skills lead him to San Diego during the medical device industry boom of the late 1980’s, where Ken became a contractor, focused on plastic injection molding and composites facilities.
On the artistic side, Ken and his wife, Christine owned the North Park Studio Gallery and co-founded Ray At Night, a San Diego monthly arts and entertainment event. Ken is also a writer who spent afternoons writing in and hiking Pine Valley Creek, wondering just what the Horse of the Sun Ranch was. After answering an ad for a position at Horse of the Sun, Ken found his calling.
Now Ken folds his facilities experience, his love of the outdoors and his desire to pay forward, into supporting and advancing the mission of the Horse of the Sun Ranch.
Pat Fitzmorris, Development Director
Pat grew up in Palm Springs, CA. She obtained a degree in education at UCLA before making San Diego her home, later earning postgraduate degrees from the University of San Diego and Northern Arizona University. Her career has been committed to public education, including positions with Sweetwater Union High School District, San Diego Unified School District, National University and San Diego County Office of Education.
She and her husband, Tom Haine, have 2 wonderful daughters, Lara and Lily. In addition to her role as Development Director for HSR Pat is a co-founder of the Grant Resource Information Network (GRIN) and teaches grant writing through San Diego Community College Community Education Program. She has served on numerous boards including YMCA Youth and Family Services, Education Talent Search and Eveoke Dance Theatre.
Pat’s love for horse, nature, and education began at an early age. At age 12 she got her first horse, and soon was competing in Western Pleasure events and working as a guide at the local Smoke Tree Stables. Recruited to join HSR to lead the development initiatives, Pat is looking to applying and extending her considerable knowledge, contacts and resources to contribute to the sustainability of our operations.
Betty King, Program and Events Coordinator
Betty grew up in rural western Maryland and can’t remember a time she did not love all things “horsey.” After graduating from high school she moved to Utah to be close to an older sister where she met Bob. They were married about nine months after Bob enlisted in the Navy. She purchased her first horse while still a Navy wife and since then they have never been without a horse (or ten or twelve) in the family.
Betty has participated in western pleasure, barrel racing, team roping, dressage and almost all forms of ranch work… even started a few colts. Working cattle is her favorite horseback activity. After Bob launched the Cowboy School she worked as his office helper, horse hauler, bookkeeper and branding day ground crew. While seldom riding much these days she still loves the horses and helping out around a branding pen. She is thrilled with the move to California and Horse of the Sun Ranch and is looking forward to her new role coordinating its programs and events. Some of her other interests are reading, writing, sewing and spending time with family.
Wendy Murdoch, Honorary Board Member
Wendy Murdoch, MS
Founder of the Murdoch Method and
Originator of the SURE FOOT
Equine Stability Program
Internationally recognized for her work as an equestrian instructor, clinician and author, Wendy serves in a voluntary capacity as an Ambassador for Horse of the Sun Ranch.
Jerry Hall (President)
Founder & Rancher
Retired From Alliant Insurance Services
Mark Hyma (Vice President)
CEO, Professional Financial Services
Andrew Oberreuter (Secretary)
Alliant Insurance Services
Kim Clark Miller (Treasurer)
President, Clark Steel Fabricators
MAISA General Education Leadership Network
Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators