2016 All Rights Reserved Verde Valley Equine Festival

Diane Lovett Lifetime Achievement Award

2017 Recipient:   Lynn Reddell, Camp Verde, Arizona

Lynn was born in Ohio, but was raised from an early age in Arizona. The move to the desert exposed her to wildlife she had never seen before. She remembers the first Parada Del Sol parade that featured a beautiful palomino horse. She absolutely fell in love with Arizona—and John Reddell. After getting married, she lived in Camp Verde for over 20 years, most of which she spent working with the Camp Verde town council on a trailhead that would create access to Copper Canyon trails. After becoming discouraged with the town council, she went directly to the U.S. Forest Service. Both organizations agreed to begin talk about creating the Copper Canyon Trailhead, and after 20 years of work, the trailhead was dedicated in June 2015. This trailhead has become a delightful place for equestrians, hikers, bikers, and outdoor enthusiasts—all because of Lynn’s dedication. Lynn also served on State Trails Committee, the Yavapai County Trails Committee and participated in various local horse activities. She would attend Town Council meetings to keep them aware of the projects she was working on. She remembers working through several mayors, many of whom had no idea how lacking the local trail access area was, and what a problem it was causing for locals and visitors alike. Whenever someone had a trail question in the area, Lynn was the one to call! Despite her busy schedule, Lynn spent many delightful days with Fran Whetten, riding down Sheep Trail in the hopes that some day it too would be a trail for the whole state. She still hopes that someone else will pick up finding the rock structures marking the trail and GPS map it for future generations to use. Lynn also rode 600 miles on the Arizona Trail (well before the modern day amenities were installed) all the way from the southern border to the northern border. She truly is a trail champion! Lynn was never a “horse person”, but a “mule person”. She has always had great mules. She rode them, packed them, and trained them. She even started a small business packing out animals that hunters bagged during the hunting season. Where wheels couldn’t reach, her mules could! Two larger mules would carry the quarters and the smaller mule would carefully pack the prized elk or deer head and rack. Many hunters could not believe that they hired a woman to carry their game! Lynn embodies the spirit of a true cowgirl—advocating for riding trails, participating in events, running a business, and showing that, yes, a woman can do it all.
 2016 All Rights Reserved Verde Valley Equine Festival

Diane Lovett Lifetime Achievement Award

2017 Recipient:   Lynn Reddell, Camp Verde, Arizona

Lynn was born in Ohio, but was raised from an early age in Arizona. The move to the desert exposed her to wildlife she had never seen before. She remembers the first Parada Del Sol parade that featured a beautiful palomino horse. She absolutely fell in love with Arizona—and John Reddell. After getting married, she lived in Camp Verde for over 20 years, most of which she spent working with the Camp Verde town council on a trailhead that would create access to Copper Canyon trails. After becoming discouraged with the town council, she went directly to the U.S. Forest Service. Both organizations agreed to begin talk about creating the Copper Canyon Trailhead, and after 20 years of work, the trailhead was dedicated in June 2015. This trailhead has become a delightful place for equestrians, hikers, bikers, and outdoor enthusiasts—all because of Lynn’s dedication. Lynn also served on State Trails Committee, the Yavapai County Trails Committee and participated in various local horse activities. She would attend Town Council meetings to keep them aware of the projects she was working on. She remembers working through several mayors, many of whom had no idea how lacking the local trail access area was, and what a problem it was causing for locals and visitors alike. Whenever someone had a trail question in the area, Lynn was the one to call! Despite her busy schedule, Lynn spent many delightful days with Fran Whetten, riding down Sheep Trail in the hopes that some day it too would be a trail for the whole state. She still hopes that someone else will pick up finding the rock structures marking the trail and GPS map it for future generations to use. Lynn also rode 600 miles on the Arizona Trail (well before the modern day amenities were installed) all the way from the southern border to the northern border. She truly is a trail champion! Lynn was never a “horse person”, but a “mule person”. She has always had great mules. She rode them, packed them, and trained them. She even started a small business packing out animals that hunters bagged during the hunting season. Where wheels couldn’t reach, her mules could! Two larger mules would carry the quarters and the smaller mule would carefully pack the prized elk or deer head and rack. Many hunters could not believe that they hired a woman to carry their game! Lynn embodies the spirit of a true cowgirl—advocating for riding trails, participating in events, running a business, and showing that, yes, a woman can do it all.