Jacob Blank of Richland won the Missouri FFA Equine Science Placement Proficiency Award at the 90th Missouri State FFA Convention.

Blank, a freshman at the University of Missouri, is the son of Lora Blank. He is a member of the Richland FFA Chapter. His FFA advisor is Shane Kardosz. 

Blank’s supervised agricultural experience program consists of showing and training  horses. He facilitates both therapeutic and novice horse lessons. Blank manages the health and nutrition of 24 quarter horses and three gaited horses. 

As an FFA member, Blank has attended National FFA Convention and Expo, Area Officer Institute and Public Speaking Institute. He was also a state participant in the Missouri Farm Bureau Public Speaking contest. 

In addition to FFA, Blank is the executive director for the Missouri Quarter Horse Youth Association and participated in the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Show. He also traveled with the Missouri 4-H Equine Tour and participated in the electric co-op youth tour.

After graduation, Blank plans to continue his education at the University of Missouri, Columbia studying agricultural education, agricultural economics and animal science. 

Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agriculture entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Equine Science Placement is one of 48 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. William Woods University Equestrian Studies sponsors this award. 

The Missouri FFA has 25,375 members representing 343 chapters. The national organization has more than 653,000 members representing 8,568 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.