A Glance at the Author

Hey y’all! My name is Sami Johnson and I am from rural Southwest Missouri. For a little background about myself, I am currently a senior studying Animal Science from Missouri State University. Long story short, I am about to put my big girl pants on and enter the real world. But there is a twist on things, I am taking life by the reins and am chasing a future career with horses. To some this seems like a dream, but to me this is a long term goal. I guess that you could say that it should come naturally to me as my world has revolved around horses since I was 6 years old, but the real world still is scary and intimidating. The process of turning a hobby into a career is exhilarating, but the fear of failure is real.

My educational journey involved in agriculture first started at Aurora High School where I was actively involved in FFA. I wondered off my career path and successfully judged livestock, where I was led to Indianapolis for national convention, the UK for the Royal Highland Show, and finally Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College where I completed my Associate’s Degree in General Agriculture. While at NEO, I was a rider on their very first IHSA Western Horsemanship team where I competed against other collegiate riders in our region. After completing school in lovely Miami, OK I moved on to my hometown college of MSU where I am currently wrapping up my Bachelor’s Degree. As a college student, I plan to reflect on several of my favorite, frustrating, and fun filled moments that I had along the way being an ag student.

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Currently, I am employed at a beautiful facility known as Black Diamond Stables in Rogersville, MO. My two lovely mares reside there, along with about 50 others that we are responsible caring for on a daily basis. In addition to being a farm hand and a fellow boarder, I also am a ARIA certified riding instructor where I specialize in giving beginner/intermediate level riding lessons and help others spark their love of horses. From time to time, I even ride a few horses for others and give tune-ups. The bosses, boarders, horses, and fellow coworkers are wonderful. There are so many lessons to learn in an environment like it, many experiences to share, and even a few situations that make you shake your head but that’s really just what life is about.

I hope that you will check in from time to time to see what I have been up to and get to know me more along the way!


6 thoughts on “A Glance at the Author

  1. I, too board three horses at Black Diamond Stables. The staff there is incredibly professional, and Sami is critical to its success. Debbie and Sami manage the barn with attention to every detail in farm management. I feel fortunate to have Sami as a caretaker of my equine family, a a competition team sorting partner, and most of all a friend.


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