A team of four students from the Natural Science Center, Equine Science program placed 2nd out of 118 teams in the Ohio FFA Equine Management Competition qualifying them to compete in the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) World Contest in June in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Equine Management Career Development Event is an educational contest designed as a practical method of teaching students current horse evaluation and selection techniques in addition to developing management skills necessary for success in the equine industry. The contest included a written exam, visual tack identification, and horse judging classes along with additional questions regarding the halter and performance classes of the horses.
“We worked really hard for many weeks to prepare for this competition,” shared Fredi Burke, senior on the qualifying team. “It was virtual this year, which made it more difficult because we couldn’t see the things we were judging up close like we could have if we were in person. I am very proud of all of my teammates and all of the hard work we put into this to be where we are today.”
The Equine Management Team includes (L-R): Fredi Burke (Carlisle High School), Jillian Proctor (New Miami High School), Sophia Fields (Lebanon High School), and Tea Pence (Hamilton High School).