Pat is from Yadkin County, Jonesville, NC. She enjoys her horses along with her husband, Trent Benton, whose occupation is foundation training of horses. Pat was an integral part of getting an Equine Studies course offered at Forsyth Tech. She is interested in raising awareness among horse owners of the NCHC so that equine interests and rights can be protected. Paramount to her is education as she believes that “knowledge is power. We must figure out a way to make the horse owners of NC, from the weekend trail riders to the show circuit participants, aware that the NCHC is their voice, and that voice needs to be heard.” Pat has served on several NCHC committees including the membership and development committee.