Elsberry FFA Member SPOTLIGHT
Name: Sheyana Curtis
Office: 2013-2014 Chapter and Area V Treasurer
Parents: Terry (Junior) and Theresa Curtis
How are you involved in agriculture?
I’ve lived on a horse farm my whole life with my three older brothers, older sister, and parents. We run and equine operation known as Horses R Us, where we buy, sell, trade, train, and haul quarter horses across the United States. On the farm, we currently have nine horses, three of which I personally ride. I barrel race and pole bend, traveling all over the country, competing against other barrel racers with the same passions that I have, all while spending wholesome, quality time with my crazy, but wonderful family.
How are you involved with FFA?
As a third year FFA member, a second year chapter officer, and a first year Area FFA officer, I have been involved in many local, state, and national FFA activities. I have served as the chapter Reporter, and currently serve as the Treasurer for the Elsberry FFA and Area V FFA Association. I have participated on the Livestock, Knowledge, and Nursery and Landscape contest teams, all of which I qualified for state while competing. I have also participated in Fall and Spring Public Speaking contests. I have attended multiple leadership conferences and participated in many chapter FFA activities. I was one of the first members from my chapter to participate at the State Agriscience Fair, and the first member from my chapter to qualify for the Agriscience Fair at the National Level.
What is your Supervised Agriculture Experience Program?
My Supervised Agriculture Experience Program, I help take care of the nine horses on our family farm through Equine Science Entrepreneurship and Placement. I feed, water, bathe, and do whatever else needs done to keep the horses healthy, in shape, and happy. For the super fun side of my SAE, I get to compete nearly every weekend throughout the summertime all across the States, at the local, state, and national levels, with my horses, barrel racing, and pole bending. Another small project that I use as my SAE includes an Agriscience project, that I completed for the state Agriscience Fair, and ended up competing with at the National Level.
What is your favorite part of FFA?
Being so involved in FFA, there are a lot activities that I am involved in, which makes it really hard to choose a favorite. I enjoy so much being an officer for my chapter, as well as representing my Area. I also enjoy attending State and National FFA Convention because it’s a lot of fun entertainment for days on end. Although I like to travel and attend such large conferences, I think my favorite FFA activity involves only my chapter member. There is a trip we go on every summer called College Days. During College Days, students get the opportunity to attend various private and public universities throughout a particular region in Missouri. Each year, the region in Missouri rotates so that by the end of their high school career, they will have visited every major university in the state. It’s a great opportunity for students who have no idea what they want to do when they graduate high school.
What are your future plans?
For the future, I’ve always wanted to continue doing something with my horses. Currently, my plans are to go to Murray State University, in Murray, Kentucky. I would like to participate in college rodeo, and double major in Equine Science and Agriculture Business Management. I eventually hope to become an Equine Geneticist, working with genetics in the horseracing industry to breed better quality, racing animals. I would enjoy to open my own business doing what I love, and continue to barrel race and pole bend on the side. You know what they say though, “If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.”