Clinton’s Jayden Oyler – FFA Spotlight Presented by Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma

By Derrick Smith

When Jayden Oyler joined the Future Farmers of America program in the eighth grade, it was not his first introduction to showing animals. In fact, he had begun that years earlier.

“I started showing sheep in the third grade,” he said. “I had no doubt that I would join FFA as soon as I was able to.”

Jayden is a senior at Clinton High School. He says that his love for agriculture started way before he was in high school.

“When I was younger, I was fascinated with show sheep,” he said. “I loved getting to go to fairs and watch FFA and 4-H members show. When I turned nine, I got my first set of show sheep and my passion for agriculture and the FFA has grown ever since.”

While he enjoys the agriculture aspect, there are other parts of FFA that Jayden enjoys also.

“I love networking and self-growth that FFA provides,” he said. “Meeting new friends at different types of FFA events is one of my favorite things. The FFA has a way of helping members find themselves and what they are truly passionate about.”

The FFA program helps students learn more than just about agriculture and showing animals. They learn about things that will help them for the rest of their lives, whether they choose a career in agriculture or not.

“There is a plethora of things I have learned from the FFA,” Jayden said. “Dedication, responsibility, time management, being humble about your wins, and using your losses to drive you to do better. To be confident in yourself, and the work you have put into your projects. The list of things I have learned could go on and on.”

Jayden has also brought home the hardware to show that his hard work has paid off. He has won Clinton FFA Star Farmer 2019, as well as a three-time Custer County Free Fair showmanship winner. He is also a two-time Custer County Junior Livestock Show showmanship winner, 2017 Champion and Reserve Champion Heifer Custer County Junior Livestock Show. Second place eighth, ninth, and tenth grade opportunity division at the Elk City P.I. Speech Contest. He has also served as Clinton FFA Chapter President and is a two year member of the Oklahoma State FFA Chorus.

One of Jayden’s favorite moments in FFA was when he went up against his sister in a show.

“One of my favorite FFA memories would be during the Oklahoma Youth Expo in 2016,” he said. “My sister and I are both extremely competitive, especially with each other. That year, her senior year and my 8th grade year, we happened to both be showing a maintainer heifer. We both won our division within the breed and were in the breed drive next to each other. Sadly, neither of us were selected for champion, but it was such a cool moment to be able to show side by side for her last time in the show ring. I learned most of my showmanship skills from my sister, so to be showing in the big ring together was one of my all time favorite memories from the FFA.”