I got my first glimpse of agriculture looking through the ears of my American Quarter Horse. I quickly learned there is much more to this industry than crops and cows. My name is Maggie Glidewell, no it’s not short for Margaret, and I am currently a senior majoring in agricultural education and leadership with emphasis areas in marketing and journalism.
Growing up in Lathrop, Missouri, a small town in the northwest part of the state, it didn’t take me long to find my place in organizations such as the 4-H and FFA. 4-H allowed me to take my chances in the show ring at an early age, and I never looked back. Growing up on the back of a horse taught me that with hard work comes rewards. I was hooked on the love of friendly competition and the diversity of disciplines that the equine industry offered me.
In the future, I hope to take the skills that I have learned at Mizzou and pursue a career in informal education and youth development, working to build up and shape the minds of the future of our industry.