Name: Breanna Wortman
Parents: Jay and Jean Wortman
Groups: Neosho High School FFA, Advisor, Jennifer Thogmartin; Round Prairie 4-H, Leader, Kelly Shilling
How are you involved in agriculture?
“I show horses and do rodeo. In my 4-H group I’m the Junior Horse Leader and have been president for several years. I get to have one-on-one time with the kids, showing them how to show and train horses, and basically helping them wherever I can. In my FFA chapter I help with whatever is needed. This year I brought my horses a lot, taking them to elementary schools for showing. I won the Creed Speaking award for my presentation of the FFA creed, judged entomology and Ag 1 student knowledge of FFA. I also won the Star Greenhand award, and will be junior vice president next year.”
How did you get involved in agriculture?
“I’ve loved animals and horses ever since I was little. Everyone in my family rode, and we’ve always had horses. I just gradually increased showing into riding in rodeos. I’ve done jumping, Western and English riding, barrel racing, goat tying, pole bending and breakaway roping.”
How do you mange your time?
“I have a calendar and I write down all the rodeos to keep track of them. I try to get all my homework done at school, and then come home and ride for however long I can. I just work my best in getting it done. My parents are always there to cheer me on. Mom makes sure I get to places on time, and Dad’s there to lead me in the ring for say, barrel racing. They’re always right there to get me to it.”
What’s in the future?
“I want a career in agriculture – maybe teach and be an AQHA judge. I want to get an equine degree, and get my rodeo card, be a rodeo professional. I’m looking at colleges now to find a good school – NEO has the best rodeo team, and my ag teacher says that if I stick with it, I can get a scholarship. One of our recent graduates went to NEO, and is now one of the best in horse judging.”
By Pam Artman