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Ryan Gobble

State Vice President

AbingdonFFA Chapter



My SAEs consist primarily of Equine Entrepreneurship along with diversified livestock.. My SAE began through my work on my family’s farm in Washington. Ounty. My families farming  operation raises Quarter and Miniature horses, raising and showing gave me the opportunity to learn how to train and learn about Equine nutrition, maintenance,health ,etc. . As my interest and passion increased I began receiving the opportunity to compete at both the state and national levels. My duties on the farm include mixing custom rations,training, genetic selection, waste disposal and barn design and maintenance. Over time, I was able to also  start raising more livestock, such as cow calf pairs and market lambs. These gave me more opportunities to spread my wings and try new things. My SAEs have taught me multiple life skills that will indeed help me in my future. They also have strengthened my passion for Agriculture.


My Favorite CDE:

My favorite CDE was the Agricultural Sales CDE. I have always had a passion for the Agricultural Industry in conjunction with human interactions. This contests brings forth the best of both worlds.  In the contest, you compete as a team as well as individuals, selling an assigned product to a panel of judges and complete a written exam. I did not just learn about the business side of the industry through the contest I also learned a lot about what it means to set a goal and work towards  it. One of the neatest things about this CDE to me is how applicable the skills and knowledge you develop are to the real world. I know my experience in Agricultural Sales greatly enriched my SAEs and will be vital in my future.


My Favorite FFA Memory:    

My favorite FFA memory took place during my freshman National FFA Convention. Walking into my first session seeing everyone in their jackets was very impactful. Seeing over 60,000  members all dressed the same,with a passion for the Agricultural Industry. The jackets for me in that session hall didn't just represent an organization but a home. Making me feel welcomed and at home making me feel that for once I was where I belonged. That is what my favorite FFA memory is.


My Future Plans:

My future plans are something that after much debate I feel are the perfect decision. After my year of service to Virginia FFA I will be attending Ferrum College in Ferrum Virginia. At Ferrum I will be studying Agriculture Education. After graduation I would like to teach, giving agricultural students the opportunities and motivation that I received.  After settling into my career I would like to return to the family farm, to keep the tradition alive, as well for the lifestyle it provides.


One Interesting Fact About Me:

One interesting fact about myself is that I am legally blind.  So throughout the year if you see me holding something close or doing  something strange, that is why. My disability however has made me who I am and I would not  have it any other way.


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