Parents: Louis. Jr., and Heather Trytsman

Age: 18

Siblings: Johnnie and Jesse Trytsman

Hometown: Walker, Mo.

FFA Chapter: North East Vernon County (NEVC)

Advisor: Brett Neil

How have you been involved in agriculture over the years?

“I grew up on a livestock farm and have helped take care of them. I show livestock in 4-H and FFA. My family also grows crops and I help in different ways. We run about 20 Dorper sheep, a small cattle herd and some horses; just your typical farm. I have always been in the showring with lams, goats or turkeys. Livestock is really a passion of mine. I try to hit about three local shows then, depending on how well I do locally, I might go to the Missouri State Fair.”

What are some other things you enjoy?

Maggie is currently the president of her FFA Chapter and is also very involved in her 4-H Club, as well as sports and other activities.

“I’m always involved in something. I play volleyball and softball, but most everything I do is agricultural-based.”

She also has two horses, a Missouri Foxtrotter named Blue and an Arabian named Legacy.

“For the last couple of years, they have been in retirement, but I plan on showing them this year. I actually got them from a rescue where they rehab horses, and when we got there, these two were best friends. I have always loved horses since I was a little girl, so my parents came home with two horses.”

What do you enjoy most about agriculture?

“My favorite thing is showing livestock. It’s a lot of work to get an animal to where it is finally ready to show but having it perform correctly gives me a feeling of accomplishment.

What are your future plans?

“I plan on becoming a veterinarian in equine science… I feel like I could be a human doctor and I thought about becoming a cardiologist, but I knew if I became a cardiologist, I couldn’t be involved in agriculture as much as I wanted to. I have grown up around animals; it’s just a love that I have. I don’t think I could be without animals, so there’s no better way to be around animals and to care for them than being a vet.”


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