I have always had a passion for horses and the Equine Industry. Since I was a little girl, I have always been drawn to the horse world. It is a feeling I can’t quite describe- one of peace, reassurance and happiness when I am around these marvelous creatures. I grew up riding horses and building my horse project through 4-H. As I grew into a senior 4-H member, I had the desire to further my career in the Equine Industry. One day I read an article about the Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador Program. I was blown away by the unique and beneficial opportunities this program had to offer. I quickly knew this was an endeavor I wished to pursue. I remember putting 110% into my application in hopes of being selected into something I had always dreamed of doing. Little did I know, I was about to begin one of the most memorable journeys of my life.
I can still remember the excitement I felt when I read the acceptance letter for the Ambassador short course. Attending the week-long training to become an influential and useful leader in the industry is an experience I will never forget. We were challenged to learn college level information while meeting with professionals in the industry. We were given the priceless opportunity to tour some of the best facilities in Texas while speaking with leaders who make pivotal changes in the horse world every day. We were trained to give informative and professional answers to hard questions that face our program today. Many times throughout my experience as an ambassador I have seen that education is key to ensuring a bright future to our program. In the past year, I have been able to take the tools I was given and lead educational presentations, informational booths, horse workshops and inform the public about livestock at major shows. I have been privileged to see many kids start a project and share the same love I have for the industry.
We have a dire need for leaders in the agriculture and livestock industry today. We were able to learn about this need along with solutions during our trip to the Capitol. We met with State Representatives, Senators, and leaders in the agriculture industry. We discussed useful ways to educate the public and one day be leaders for the industry that so heavily impact our country. I was given a new appreciation and want to grow in this field.
Looking back on my experience as an ambassador, I am exceedingly grateful to have been a part of such a fantastic program. I have witnessed lives changed and exponential growth in the interest of the program. The experiences I have had and the friendships I have made will travel with me for a lifetime. The Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador program has inspired me to pursue a career in this industry. It has only continued to feed the flame to my love for horses and the want to make a difference. I look forward to giving back to this program and hope to one day be a leader in the industry I love.
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