Hi my name is Payton Miner; I am 16 years old, and a junior at New Braunfels Christian Academy. My parents are Tim and Rosie Miner and I have four little brothers.
I have been riding horses for the past 11 years and have ridden everything from English Pleasure to speed events, and Western riding.
I am an 8 year Comal County 4-Her and have shown and participated in multiple 4-H activities from showing project animals to singing and being active in leadership roles as well as being heavily involved with community service projects. I am currently working on a 4-H Candy Collection Drive to benefit our brave men and women overseas. This along with handwritten notes from fellow 4-H kids is a small way to say “thank you.” This past year I completed a very successful 4-H Book Drive that benefited The Crisis Center of Comal County. This was a very humbling experience for me as I saw how grateful this organization was to receive 277 books that they can now make available for all of the displaced families they serve daily.
I am a proud 2013-2014 Comal County Equine Ambassador and just completed an Equine Ambassador mentorship for this year’s 2014-2015 class. This granted me the opportunity to help new incoming ambassadors as well as allowed me the chance to share the experiences of my first year with everyone. In addition I was invited to attend the prestigious Ambassador Advocacy Academy at the Texas Capitol this past summer. This is a leadership course is unlike anything else offered in the nation. While the first year of the Ambassador Program focused on mentoring families and applying animal/equine science knowledge, the Advocacy Academy focused more on building participants’ understanding of the importance of the political world surrounding agriculture, providing a global perspective of agriculture and endowing all of the participants with the tools to effectively educate others about agriculture and the legislative side of agriculture. We met with Agriculture Lobbyists and Advocacy groups as well as State Representatives and other Elected Officials. The group also learned all about ethical considerations of raising livestock and horses for food and entertainment as well as ethical considerations of reproductive / growth technologies and GMO’s. I was fascinated to learn about Agricultural Law and had the opportunity to participate in an Agricultural Issue debate with my peers, which was fun.
This September I was honored to be crowned Duchess of The Comal County Rodeo Court for the second year. Being on the court was both fun and an opportunity for me to share with others all about my Equine Ambassador experience, share my passion of horses and agriculture, and make great friendships along the way.
Being so active in my community through Comal County 4-H has afforded me experiences and opportunities I would never had a part of otherwise. I can tell you with 100% honesty, that #iam4h.