2015 October Las Cruces Young Professional of the Month

Oct 26th, 2015

Rachel Courtney, Marketing director, Horse N Hound Feed N Supply

By Beth Sitzler

Raised in Las Cruces, Horse N Hound Feed N Supply Marketing Director Rachel Courtney is doing her part to better the City of the Crosses.

Courtney, a New Mexico State University alum, is not one to shy away from a challenge. She graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications with an emphasis in advertising and  Rachel Courtney,  Marketing director, Horse N Hound Feed N Supplya supplementary major in linguistics.

While working for the Las Cruces Bulletin, Courtney moved up the newspaper ladder from graphic designer to production manager. In her position, she kept her team organized and helped the company win numerous awards and recognitions.

After a career switch in 2014 brought Courtney to Horse N Hound, she has worked tirelessly to expand the company’s presence in the region as well as its community giving. She created several events, such as Dog-a-Palooza and Dog Days, and partnerships with nonprofit organizations working to better the lives of area animals.

In 2014, Courtney also ventured into teaching. She instructed a course on InDesign at Doña Ana Community College. This strengthened Courtney’s previous ties to the community college – in 2004 she earned a certificate in digital graphics technology, and in 2012, she was honored as a DACC Distinguished Alumni. Courtney also is a 10-year member of the DACC Creative Media Technology Advisory Board.

Not just business-focused, Courtney also makes time to express her artistic side. She maintains an Etsy shop where she sells her creations — everything from handmade bracelets to personally crocheted scarves — as well as a blog filled with tips, recipes and instructions for everyday projects. This year, she joined the board of directors for the West End Art Depot and the Tombaugh Gallery Committee to aid their efforts for local artists.

Courtney is also a 13-year blanketeer veteran with Project Linus, donating more than 200 blankets that were then distributed to children through 44 local organizations.

Despite the busyness of her life, Courtney still finds time for the important things: making memories with her husband of 10 years, Joel; loving and spoiling her fur children, Max and Kara; and photographing Las Cruces’ majestic sunsets.