Kylee Demers was a combat forecaster in the Air Force, deploying twice in support of OIF. She also provided weather support during both Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Kylee has been awarded the 3rd Air Support Operations Group Airman of the Year and Air Force Level Dodson Awards for her service in Iraq. Kylee feels that her background in weather forecasting has been “helpful in knowing when to bring the horses in and out of the weather, and how to be prepared for the changes in temperature.”

farmer veteran fellowship fund - kylee demersKylee has owned horses since she was 14. She purchased her first Friesian horse (a critically endangered Dutch breed) in 2009, two years later, she began breeding Friesian horses. Kylee and her fiancé recently purchased an equestrian facility with 22 stalls, an indoor and outdoor riding arena, and ample pasture. Pitch Black Stables is located in Cookeville Tennessee. Pitch Black Stables offers a number of services including: full board and pasture board, lessons and training, arena rentals, clinics, breeding, and hosting of horse shows.

In 2013, Kylee was awarded with a Bob Woodruff Farming Fellowship, through the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund. Kylee will use her grant to create a regulation-sized dressage arena to host dressage shows and clinics.