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.
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!