Name: Jordan Yoder
Hometown: Ozark, MO
Parents: Merlin and Lyn Yoder
4-H Leader: Merlin Yoder
FFA Advisor: Heath Wright

How did you get your start in 4-H?
“A couple of friends and I wanted to get active with horses, so we decided to join 4-H. It is a great opportunity to meet new people and a good way to see how people interact with their own animals. You get to go to new places.”

What new places have you been to with 4-H?
“We went to Europe last summer with the Easy Riders Equestrian Drill Team. We were able to ride our horses and train with Olympic coaches, Christopher and Jane Bartell. We rode at the Yorkshire Riding Center in Harrogate, England.”

What was exciting about traveling to Europe?
“The cultural experience. We were able to see how things were different from home but also similar.”

What breeds do you show at the fair?
“I show mostly Painted Horses or Quarter Horses. I show my Quarter horse “Buddy” specifically.”

Why is being involved in Agriculture important to you?
“It's a good scholarship opportunity since I want to continue my education in Agriculture. I show big in American Quarter Horses and am now getting into jumping and dressage and other English aspects of showing. I am also raising a colt, “Shooter,” to jump. I just placed in the top three at the American Quarter Horse All Novice Youth Show. And my favorite horse is my first horse, “Blondie,” who I have also shown and who has gone all over the country with me.”

What would you like to do in college with your Agriculture background?  
“I would like to be involved in Equine Science and Animal Nutrition, maybe be an Equine Nutritionist.”

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