Kassidy Shaffer hopes to land a 4-H college scholarship someday.
The 14-year-old from Rigby has enrolled in all kinds of 4-H projects — market sheep, horses, cooking, sewing, leather and woodworking, crocheting and even hiking and backpacking. She is especially fond of Western and English equitation.
“One reason why I take a lot of different 4-H projects is so that I can learn various skills so when I apply to schools I can get a variety of offers, which will make it easier to pay for college,” she said. “If you get a good recommendation from your 4-H leader, then you might get a scholarship depending on how you did in 4-H.”
She’s interested in veterinary medicine or getting into the livestock feed/nutrition field.
“I am looking at a few different schools but I’ve always wanted to go to Texas,” she said. “I think it would be fun to go there and see and explore different cultures. I’ve only been in Idaho and surrounding states. I definitely want to major in something in the ag field.”
Kassidy has danced for 10 years at Dance Unlimited in Rigby and belongs to the Rigby High School FFA Chapter. She runs cross-country and track at her school. Track conflicts with high school rodeo; otherwise she’d be active in rodeo like her three brothers. Her parents, Colby and Stephani Shaffer of Rigby also rodeoed in their youth and Stephani Shaffer organizes the Rigby Stampede royalty contest.
After taking a break, Kassidy is dancing again and her other interest is pleasure riding.
“I love to go up to the mountains and trail ride,” she said. “Basically I live outside most of the summer.”