Kloey Cargill Painter is an astute expert on the ranch and agrarian economy of Texas and the American Southwest.  She was on a horse for the very first time when she was just one year old and her father took her for a ride through the dramatic geography and steep canyon walls of the Palo Duro, the Grand Canyon of Texas.  Despite a tumble from that horse directly into a cactus, Kloey’s love for the Texas outdoors and horses endured.

Kloey’s paternal grandfather was a respected rural farmer in the Texas Panhandle and she is today deeply experienced in the historic and current-day challenges and needs of ranchers and growers in the agrarian Southwest.  A graduate in agricultural science from Texas Tech University, she served six tough years in the field as a natural resources agent.  She worked with the legendary Rebel Royall of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension program during that time, learning from him to be a forceful advocate and first responder for producers, landowners and rural community members in crisis across some of the most remote counties in the state.

Kloey also knows most of what is worth knowing about Texas rodeo and stock shows from years of association service and event judging and she is the child of one of the most high-profile and revered “policy evangelists” promoting and defending the rural economy and landowner water rights in Texas, Johnny Cargill. She gives all of her success to her Dad, as he has introduced her to the industries she loves. Kloey has a superpower of her own – she is an Army wife and mother and will operate remotely for Crosswind while her immediate family is based at Fort Bragg, now Fort Liberty, in North Carolina.