18-year-old Hayven Chase is a busy student at Timberlake High in the north Idaho town of Athol.
The high school senior is a member of the local Future Farmers of America chapter and was also a finalist in the High School Discussion Meet competition held by the Young Farmers & Ranchers of Idaho. And she’s loved horses since she was a little girl.
“I started riding at my aunt’s ranch when I was about 5 years old, so I’ve obsessed with them ever since I was little. And so, I’ve always been known as kind of the horse crazy girl,” said Hayven Chase.
Hayven also competes as a Rodeo Queen and plans to pursue an agricultural business degree at the University of Idaho this fall.
“There’s so many different opportunities having an ag business degree, there’s so many different pathways that I can go to,” said Hayven.
Almost ten years ago, she got some news that would change her life.
“I was diagnosed at eight years old with Type 1 diabetes, and I really had no idea what it was. I knew that my cousin had it, but I didn’t know what would go into it,” said Hayven.