has continued her
love of all things Western in the television world.
Former Miss Rodeo California, Kadee Coffman
, says competing in rodeo pageants helped her
decide to pursue a career in TV journalism.
It's no bull to say that she
has roped and tied a career as a television reporter - covering anything and everything to do with horses, cattle and other livestock - that gives the Clovis native little time to rest.
"My father and grandfather helped give me a passion for the western way of life as I grew up on a horse and cattle ranch.
I got my first riding lesson when I was 5 or 6," says Coffman
, the 2004 Miss Clovis Rodeo Queen.
After graduating from Buchanan High School, Coffman attended San Jose State University, where she earned a broadcast journalism degree.
loves the adrenaline rush that comes with covering hard news, but at the same time she
has a deep passion for the agriculture world.
She opted to go with her heart and moved to Fort Worth in 2010 to work for RFD TV, a cable channel aimed at rural America.
She is host of "Superior Sunrise," a weekly series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at livestock auctions.
That was just the start.
She also has worked for Fox Sports, RuralTV and the Pursuit Channel.
Toss in working as a PRCA Xtreme Bulls sideline reporter, co-hosting RFD-TV's
"Gentle Giants" with Pam Minick, and work for the GAC cable channel, and Coffman
spends more time in front of the camera than away from work.
"Gentle Giants," which Coffman
writes and edits, keeps her
particularly busy as she
travels the country to put the spotlight on the world of draft horses.
These are large horses like the Budweiser Clydesdales.
visits home, Coffman
has seen the problems local cattle ranchers are having because of the drought.
compares what is happening in California to what occurred last year in the Midwest.
"The only good thing is that when there are difficult times like these, cattle ranchers always come together," Coffman
As if she
didn't have enough to do, Coffman
has just signed a deal to work for NBC Sports
will be part of the team broadcast of the Sporting Clays Association
didn't know very much about skeet shooting before landing the job, but she
spends rare free moments learning the strategies and methods used by competitors.
first work will broadcast July 27 on NBC
also has found time to design her
own line of western chic belt buckles that are sold in stores such as the Boot Barn.
You can see the Kadee Coffman Collection at www.jandhbuckles.com.
Almost all TV journalists have a clip of themselves in some kind of weird encounter with an animal.
Despite being around horses and cattle on a daily basis, Coffman
has never had any problems.
"I think it is because I grew up around horses and cattle," she