Virginia Smith, of Ava, Illinois, is twenty-two years old. She attends Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where she is pursuing a degree in Agribusiness Economics and a minor in Equine Science. Horses and the sport of rodeo are her passion. Other hobbies include: trail riding in the Shawnee National Forest, hunting, fishing, and trap shooting. In the future, Virginia plans to obtain a job in the U of I Extension program to continue to help educate and encourage youth to become involved in the equine industry and the western way of life.