Kristi Hoss Schiller

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Kristi Hoss Schiller is an American Quarter Horse owner and breeder,[1] businesswoman, socialite, and philanthropist from Houston, Texas. Schiller is the founder and chairman of K9s4COPs, a 501(c)(3) foundation that provides police dogs to law enforcement agencies.[2]

Kristi Hoss Schiller
Alma materUniversity of Houston
Board member ofK9s4COPs
Children's Museum of Houston
Spouse(s)John D. Schiller (m. 2002)[3]

Early life[edit]

Schiller was born Kristi Kay Hoss to Eric Roger Hoss [4] and Jo Ann Dupnik and grew up in Freeport, Texas. She attended the University of Houston and graduated with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. In 1987, she served on the board of the Brazoria County Youth Home.[5]


After college, Schiller modeled for Playboy magazine[6][7] and went on to become an entertainment reporter on the radio. As of 1992 she presented a program as "Lucy Lipps - the skirt with the dirt" on the radio station KLOL on "The Stevens and Pruett Show."[8] Schiller later went on to host her own morning show, "Cruze with Lucy" on KTBZ -The Buzz. She then moved to television. She was hired on the CBS Syndicated show Day and Date,[citation needed] and also found work on the E! Channel and Hard Copy. In 1993, she launched an entertainment based website, and in 1997 Forbes dubbed Schiller "Queen of the Internet."[9]


In June 2010, Schiller founded K9s4COPs after seeing a Houston area news story of a K9 being killed in the line of duty, after chasing down burglary suspects.[10] K9s4COPs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation dedicated to providing K9s, trained and ready for action, to law enforcement agencies and school districts in need. Schiller's husband John Schiller is also a supporter of K9s4COPs. Together they hosted the foundation's first fundraiser in 2011 at their home in River Oaks to help get donations for the nonprofit.[11]

K9s4KIDs is an initiative of K9s4COPs, aiming to benefit school districts and college campus police departments with trained K9s.[12] Schiller thought of K9s4KIDs as a result of recent school shootings and the suggestion for police dogs as a solution. The idea was that dogs would help out in situations were there is a lack of campus security.[13]

K9s4Cops was included as an entrant in the 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on January 1, 2014.[14]

Kristi was featured on "The Steve Harvey Show" as one of Harvey's Heroes on April 23, 2015.[15]

Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic[edit]

In 2011, Schiller founded Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic[16] Together they came up with the idea for DDBHC and Schiller tied the nonprofit, K9s4COPs, into the event. (03:27) [17]

In its first year, Diamonds & Dirt drew contestants from 30 states, Brazil, Canada and Mexico and gave away more than $300,000 in prize money.[18] DDBHC currently[citation needed] has the largest futurity purse in Texas with over 2,000 runs and champion riders including Brittany Pozzi.[17] The proceeds of Diamonds & Dirt are donated to K9s4COPs.[1][19]

In 2013 the Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic was held at the Brazos County Expo Center.[20][21] Schiller arranged sponsorship by the event for K9s4COPs and proceeds from A Night of Diamonds were able to benefit the nonprofit organization.[20]

In 2019 the 8th annual DDBHC will be held in Bryan, Texas, April 1–7, 2019.[22][23]

Personal life[edit]

Schiller met her husband, energy executive John D. Schiller in the summer of 2001 while she was living in New Orleans. She moved back to Houston and in the spring of 2002 the two were engaged.[3] Together the Schillers have one daughter, Sinclair Schiller,[6] and John has two children from a previous marriage, Daniel and Hailey.[citation needed]

Honors and awards[edit]

In 2013 she received Harris County Sheriff's Department's Peace Officers Award in 2013 for her work with K9s4COPs.[24] Schiller received the Humanitarian Service Award presented to her for her donation of three trained K9s to the Houston Police Department.[25] In 2013, Schiller was presented with The Leon Goldstein award given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to fighting crime in the Houston Area.[26][27]


As a board member of the Brazoria County Youth Home, Schiller launched a toy drive benefiting children who had not yet found a foster home during the holidays and birthdays.[5]

Schiller was named one of ABC 13's "Women of Distinction" in 2011, for her impact in the community and her service on a number of community boards, including the Contemporary Arts Museum, The Children's Museum of Houston[28] and as a trustee for the Houston Ballet and the Houston Council for Alcohol and Drugs.[5] She has helped with events including the Opera Ball, The Houston Humane Society Gala, the Nutcracker Market and Habitat for Humanity.[9] Schiller also hosts the K9s4COPs charity softball tournament in Houston which also benefits K9s4KIDs.[13][dead link]


  1. ^ a b "Q&A with Kristi Schiller". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  2. ^ "K9s 4 Cops". K9s 4 Cops. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  3. ^ a b Hodge, Shelby. "It was a damp start to a hot romance". CultureMap Houston. Archived from the original on 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  4. ^ "Obit: Roger Hoss - Obituaries - Family History & Genealogy Message Board -". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  5. ^ a b c "Women of Distinction: Kristi Schiller". KTRK-TV. 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  6. ^ a b Murphy, Kate (2011-07-20). "Playhouses: Child's Play, Grown-Up Cash". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  7. ^ Swartz, Mimi (2009-03-01). "The Grand Gesture". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  8. ^ Peterson, Karen (1999-11-16). "The Internet aims at the heart". USA Today.
  9. ^ a b Ryan Rice (2012-05-28). "Dialogue with LIFE+DOG: Kristi Schiller - Issue 3 2011". LIFE+DOG Magazine. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  10. ^ "Harris County Sheriff's Office |". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  11. ^ "Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl Champion Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Announces Grant to K9s4Cops". Business Wire. 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  12. ^ "K9s 4 Cops". K9s 4 Cops. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  13. ^ a b "Advocates believe dogs will make schools safer". Abilene Reporter-News. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  14. ^ "K9s4Cops make their debut at the Rose Parade". January 2014.
  15. ^ "STEVE on Watch".
  16. ^ "Every Dynasty begins With An Epic Leader" (PDF). Barrel Racing Report. 10 September 2013.
  17. ^ a b "Diamonds and Dirt Barrel Horse Classic". 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  18. ^ from P+R Productions PRO 1 year ago not yet rated (2012-05-10). "Diamonds & Dirt 2012 Recap on Vimeo (00:55)". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  19. ^ "Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic". KBTX-TV. 2013-02-06. Archived from the original on 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  20. ^ a b "Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic". 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  21. ^ "Schiller Ranch Congratulates Winners of 2013 Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  22. ^ "Diamonds and Dirt Barrel Horse Classic Barrel Racing Event". Archived from the original on 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  23. ^ from P+R Productions PRO 4 months ago not yet rated (2013-07-18). "Diamonds & Dirt 2014 30sec on Vimeo (00:08)". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  24. ^ "K9s4COPs Founder Honored by the Harris County Sheriff's Office". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  25. ^ "K9s4COPs Honored with Humanitarian Service Award by the Houston Police Department". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  26. ^ "Crime Stoppers of Houston - Events". Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  27. ^ "Crime Stoppers has chosen K9s4COPs founder as this year's Leon Goldstein Award recipient". 3 May 2013.
  28. ^ "Parents and Families Luncheon". Children's Museum of Houston. Archived from the original on 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2013-11-22.

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