Life with Horses
by Joyce Benning on July 29, 2020

Divas That Care Network · Life with Horses

Shanda Mattix is the equine program director and head equestrian team coach at CCC. 

She also serves on the Kansas Horse Council Board of Directors, is the Kansas Horse Council Region 1 director, a state certified horse show judge, and a 4-H horse volunteer. 

Shanda is a Master Riding Instructor through the Certified Horsemanship Association and serves as the CHA Director for Kansas and a Director for CHA Region 9. She's also certified through EAGALA as an Equine Specialist. 

She was raised on a commercial cow-calf operation in Northwest Kansas and grew up showing quarter horses, barrel racing, and competing in horse judging contests. 

As a youth, she was a member of the 2001 AQHYA Reserve World Champion Horse Judging Team and the 2002 AQHYA World Champion Horse Judging Team. 

Shanda is an alumna of the Colby Community College equestrian team and Kansas State University women's varsity equestrian team competing in the horsemanship and reining. 

She was also a member of the 2005 Kansas State University horse judging team. 

As a college equestrian, she was a regional qualifier all four years and recognized with numerous High Point Rider awards. 

Shanda and her husband, Caleb Mattix, reside in Colby with their two children and continue raising the Draper family's commercial cattle herd. 

Shanda also serves as the Vice President of the CCC Faculty Alliance and serves on multiple campus committees. 

Shanda also advises the CCC Farm Bureau Chapter.

Meet The Author

Joyce Benning

Hello to all! I am a born, bred & raised country girl! Passion is caring for animals with a natural approach along with inspiring women to live a Robust Lifestyle! Dogs & horses have always been a huge part of my life. They have taught me so much about living a full life! My red heeler dog Groucho, whom is my Best Buddy has taught me to never give up and live with Faith not Fear! Their love for you is by the kindness and love you have in your heart. Enjoy inspiring women to love themselves for who they are as each one is created unique. Motivate women to realize their true given talents and not compare themselves to others. Empower women to share their talents to make the world a better place for all!