20 Under 30 Class of 2010

417 Magazine proudly presents the next generation of 417-land leaders.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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Elizabeth Guillebeau, 27

Founder, EasyRiders drill team; Engineer, Springfield ReManufacturing Corp.

Elizabeth Guillebeau started riding horses at age 4, a passion she turned into a job at 17, when she began riding in the Dixie Stampede show in Branson. The following year, Elizabeth founded the EasyRiders drill riding team. Now an independent 501(c)3 youth development agency, EasyRiders has 20 members, age 8–18, from around 417-land. EasyRiders travels the country competing at shows and at rodeos. The group is three-time national champions in just four attempts. Professionally, Guillebeau is a five-year member of SRC’s signature work-rotation program. She’s done everything from sales to engineering to purchasing and back again.—M.L.

Check out our behind-the-scenes video from the 20 Under 30 shoot!

Q&A: Get to know Elizabeth Guillebeau

How do you get your news?
“I don’t watch TV, and don’t have Internet at home, so I get my news on my iPhone or via the Wall Street Journal at work, if I can snag it before someone else does.”

What’s one website you check daily?
“Usually the Google news site.”

What did you want to be when you grew up when you were 5?
“I told my riding instructor when I was four that I wanted to be a horse trainer. She looked at me and said ‘No you don’t’.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“I want to have a bucket list that’s close to being done, then maybe I can focus on something long-term. There are a lot of things I want to do before I’m too old to physically do them.”

If you had to choose any other profession, what would ou choose?
“Run the farm. That’s about it.”

How do you define success?
“The definition is up to the individual. You can’t compare one’s success to another’s … the definition of whether you achieved [your goals] is whether or not you did everything in yoru power to achieve them. You’ve got to be very honest with yourself.”

Why do you like what you do?
“Freedom. For me you can get on a horse and get out. If you’ve been good to your horse they’ll be good to you and carry you as far as they can.”

Fill in the blank. A perfect day at work is… ?
“Wake up in the morning when I want, without an alarm clock. Fix breakfast with a loved one, and then ride a couple of good horses, not crazy ones. End with a dinner with friends and loved ones. What I do in between isn’t as important.”

Three words that describe your job are… ?
Diverse, ever-changing, challenging

What’s the craziest practical joke you’ve ever taken part in as part of your job?
“We did have this one guy who was scared of snakes, and we put a real one on his four-wheeler one time. He didn’t even see it until he got on the four-wheeler. Then he came alive. Sometimes we decorate horses. One day a girl [in our group] woke up and her horse was pink; the stall was pink with pink balloons.”

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do for your career?
“Put off doing the things I really love.”

Where’s your ideal vacation?
“Location doesn’t matter as long as it’s warm.”

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