My internship at HorseWorks Wyoming was an opportunity of a lifetime. I not only became a better rider, but also a better farmer and gained skills that I can use in my future career. I thought I had pretty good work ethic before, but when I arrived home from the ranch, I wanted to do so much more around the farm. I was constantly wanting to be on the move, and I had a new energy about me. I wanted to put what I learned there to the test with my own horses and cattle. I gained confidence in talking to people and teaching people about riding. I gained problem solving skills that I have used around our farm. Before, if I didn’t know how to do something, I would go get my dad. Now, I figure it out myself. I also gained confidence in my own abilities as far as strength and toughness. I can now work cattle in the chute, holding them for the vet and do other things like that.

Seeing MaeCile run that ranch all by herself gave me the goal of being independent. I want to learn how to do everything on a farm, so that one day I won’t have to rely on anyone else if there is no one available. Not only did I learn things that can be applied immediately, but also that can be applied in the future. I learned about people from all different backgrounds and cultures. I learned how to get along with people that are extremely different than I am. I learned so many interpersonal skills that apply in any workplace. HorseWorks Wyoming made me a better, more skilled and confident person. This internship fit me better than any other could have. I got to do what I love while learning the same social skills that you learn in an office environment. I learned about myself, about others, and most importantly, areas I need improvement. HorseWorks Wyoming was the perfect start to my future as an agriculture major.

Ashton Light, Intern 2016 and Ranch Family Member, Agriculture Business Finance and Management Major