Kristen Hogue, editor of The Scout Guide Abilene, in a floral dress sits amidst a vibrant field of wildflowers on a sunny day

Meet Kristen Hogue

Raised the epitome of a Texan woman, Kristen was born in Fort Worth and raised in a small town of Rhome, just 30 minutes north. Life in Rhome was quintessentially western: Kristen showed livestock, rode horses, and played sports. She left her small town to play college softball for two years before deciding to move back home and join the workforce. Within a few years and after hearing all of the great things about Abilene, Kristen decided to take a leap and make the town her home. Upon relocating to her new city in 2014, she joined a nonprofit that supported local youth and was able to see firsthand the incredible support and generosity of the local business owners. Her passion for supporting the local businesses that support others in need was born.
Kristen has worked in sales her entire career, specializing in technical sales in the oil and gas industry, often traveling far and wide during her time in this role, but always calling Abilene home. It was in Abilene that Kristen met her husband of nine years, Brady, who diligently serves the city as a detective for the Abilene Police Department. Kristen and Brady have two dogs: June, a great dane and Briggs, a golden doodle. Kristen loves to cook and sees great food as a way to bring her loved ones together. She also enjoys golfing with her husband, and spending time at her parents ranch in Oplin. Abilene has always had her heart, whether living there or visiting, and she is excited to share all of the things that make Abilene so charming through The Scout Guide.

Kristen's Favorite Reasons to Visit

Reason 1
Western Heritage Classic. This is a true ranch rodeo that happens over four days every May, celebrating the traditions and heritage of the cowboy. There are many standout events, but you don’t want to miss the matched horse races.
Reason 2
Beehive Restaurant’s Long Island Iced Tea. Beehive is an iconic West Texas steakhouse,  boasting not only the most tender filet in the Big Country, but also serving up their equally legendary Long Island iced tea. There’s nothing more satisfying than enjoying one out of a mason jar in their saloon style bar.
Reason 3
Perini Ranch Steakhouse. Another nod to the cowboy, this steak house is world famous. Just a quick drive from Abilene to the charming town of Buffalo Gap, Perini Ranch is a destination unto itself with an enchanting patio and amazing food. Make a reservation and don’t forget to order the Ranch Water.

WORDS TO LIVE BY:  “Never be so polite you forget your power, never wield such power you forget to be polite.” –Taylor Swift