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About the Authors

The views expressed on this blog by the authors do not reflect the views of That Western Life, Western Insights Media, management, or other authors. In an effort to create a culture of well-rounded knowledge, we present to you, the That Western Life team.


katie schrock, oregon

Owner and founder of Western Insights Media and the corresponding affiliation with the That Western Life culture, Katie is passionate about promoting the western industries that see so little representation in today's mainstream news. Her background comes from direct reporting in the legislature of Oregon on ranching, agriculture, water and land use issues throughout the pacific northwest.

She currently resides on two magazine editorial boards, writes for an additional three print and e-mediums, manages the production of one podcast, various cinematic pieces, a regional music festival and enjoys, in her free time, starting her own mini ranching operation and practicing/competing with her roping stallion, PB, and her barrel mare, Fortune.

“I have always maintained to be an approachable and knowledgeable source of information for the western lifestyle whether it be ranching, farming or rodeo. I want to help keep those interested informed on the western lifestyle and not only the importance of these industries but to preserve the culture.”

Katie Schrock


rachel owens-sarno, california

Rachel Owens-Sarno is blessed to live in San Diego County. Surprising to some, San Diego is home to four Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos and one International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) rodeos. Rachel feel in love with the sport of rodeo at a young age and finally decided to pursue a rodeo queen title at the age of 15. Through some failure, she strengthened her skills to win a title her third try-out. From there, she was blessed to have six titles, including her last one which was her ultimate dream; Miss Rodeo California 2016.

Nowadays, Rachel can be found with her horses and dog, at the gym or watching standup comedy. Her love for stand up provides for some exciting moments and you never know when your next experience with Rachel will result in the retelling of a humorous rodeo story at the next function!

Rachel has been selected as one of our podcast hosts as one of the most genuine and fair interviewers. Her natural gravity towards kindness and fun brings out the best in those she is around and we are excited to showcase her personality and stories on our That Western Life podcast!

I’m excited to jump into the world of podcasting and to continue promoting a lifestyle and sport I love with lots of fun, humor, knowledge and facts!

Rachel Owens-Sarno


Deena fitzpatrick, oregon

A photographer since 2005, Deena’s passion for photography and the western lifestyle has taken her around the United States from Kentucky to back home in Central Oregon. Working as both a portrait and action photographer, she also has experience in editorial work.

Called to represent the culture that she was raised in and showing the world its light through her photography and writing, she has grown her passion working with the Central Oregon Rancher and, more recently, The Western Coalition to Preserve Our Wildlands.

When she is not spending time chasing her daughter, you will find Deena throughout the west interviewing and photographing anything from logging to rodeo, the occasionally team roping and western fashion.

“No matter where I have lived, I have always shared facts and stories from growing up. People from the western life are both sugar and salt. That Western Life is the place for this culture to be represented.”

Deena Fitzpatrick


Thomas duncan, idaho

Thomas is a rodeo photographer and writer based in Nampa, Idaho. A longtime blogger focusing on the west and western ways, he is also a committee photographer for the Caldwell Night Rodeo and was voted the 2016 Idaho Cowboys Association Photographer of the Year.