Kimbrook Arabians: How an Unlikely Midwestern Couple Influenced an Ancient Breed

Award winning author Hope Ellis-Ashburn is thrilled to announce the release of her book, Kimbrook Arabians: How an Unlikely Midwestern Couple Influenced an Ancient Breed.

Nothing about Bill and Joanne Gutknecht’s history indicated that they would one day breed an Arabian National Champion. He was ex-military and, among several careers, owned and operated a pet boarding and cemetery business. She worked in a clipper factory. Neither came from a rural background. Instead, both initially bred, trained, and showed German Shepherd dogs. In her book, author Hope Ellis-Ashburn reveals how this couple from the Midwest established a small horse-breeding program, Kimbrook Arabians, that went on to produce a surprising number of champions. Unlike many Arabian breeding farms established in the 1960s, Kimbrook’s influence continued for over fifty years, and horses carrying Kimbrook bloodlines were sold to new owners across the United States. Kimbrook Arabians shares the story of Bill and Joanne’s unexpected influence on this ancient breed.

Hope Ellis-Ashburn is a freelance writer and author. She earned her master of science degree in agricultural education from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her bachelor of science in animal science-horse science from Middle Tennessee State University. While attending MTSU she was a member of the horse judging and equestrian teams. A former award-winning extension agent with UTK, Hope also holds a teaching certification in agriculture education. Hope’s work has been featured in EQUUS, Horse Illustrated, the American Quarter Horse Journal, Arabian Horse Life, US Equestrian, Hoof Beats, The Sound Advocate, Experience Arabian Horses, Sidelines, and Hobby Farms magazines. Her first book, Always Hope: How Dairy Cows and Arabian Horses Inspired Grit in a Young Girl’s Life was named Best Memoir at the 2019 EQUUS Film and Arts Festival.

This book is currently available on Amazon at: Kimbrook Arabians: How an Unlikely Midwestern Couple Influenced an Ancient Breed: Ellis-Ashburn, Hope: 9798736572854: Books

Hope Ellis-Ashburn
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Whitwell, TN 37397
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