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CHAMPION – Over the past 23 years, students at Trumbull Career and Technical Center have learned practical skills in an equestrian curriculum that prepares them for multiple careers.
Lisa Street, who taught the program for those 23 years, said that once a student completes two years, they can move into many careers, such as horse training assistant, veterinary technician in a equine hospital, horse groomer, stable hand, feed store and beginner riding instructor.
“Many students choose to study more at Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute or other colleges to get more education. I have many students who have become veterinary assistants or trainers. There are so many different areas that this program prepares them for,” she says.
Students receive TCTC credit for the Kent State University Veterinary Technology Program.
Anina Karlovic, program supervisor at TCTC, said Street was able to make many connections in the equestrian field to help students in their future.
“We have had many graduates who have successfully found lucrative employment as trainers and groomers and assistant veterinary technicians and in many other fields,” Karlovic said.
Street said the program fills up quickly each year with new junior students and many returning students for their senior year. In 23 years, more than 700 students have completed the program,
It emphasizes the relationship students develop with horses and their accomplishments with them.
“Some students may come here with no experience with horses and may leave here really understanding them, and also developing a special bond with them. I have a lot of former students who come back to visit the horses,” she says.
The students take care of the horses and a large barn by feeding and caring for the horses, cleaning their boxes, exercising and training them.
“They come in every school day and run the whole barn. They learn all aspects because no one else comes to the barn,” said the street.
She wants college students to be prepared for equine programs.
“I currently have two graduates from the ATI Equine Program. It’s a very good transition from here to there. I made sure I had the horses here to prepare these students for this,” said the street.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
Isabella Cochran of Howland, a senior, said that in addition to class, it was also possible to join the extracurricular equestrian drill team, an after-school varsity sport.
Students get together after school and practice riding to show horses and competitions. They also ride horses in local parades around Memorial Day and Halloween.
“I have always loved horses and growing up I had a passion for horseback riding. When I found out about this program I knew it would be something I would love to do and help me do. advance my career after high school,” said Cochran.
She plans to go to college to study horse care in an animal science field.
William McCormick, a junior from Mineral Ridge, said he was in the class because he enjoyed working with animals.
“I love taking care of horses. I like shows and preparing events with horses. It shows what we can do,” he said.
Angela Palozzo, a junior from Mineral Ridge, said she enjoys the hands-on learning every day.
Street said the students enjoy competing as an equestrian team.
The school recently acquired a horse named Gunner’s Special Doll, or “Cart” in short, who is trained to show off at events; and Fritz, who is more for going to shows. These are the two new horses added to the eight horses already in the large barn east of the TCTC school.
“We are capable of putting on more shows with these two horses,” said the street.
Dolly and Fritz replaced two horses who died last year at 26 and 28
“We usually have horses for 25 to 30 years. Some reach their thirties. One of the horses, Bomber, is 25 and has been here for 19 years – and another, who turns 30 this year, will be retired. said the street.
She said they were lucky most of the horses were donated to the program.
“We barely got Dolly, shortly after I got a text that we were getting a donation from Fritz. The last time I got new horses, I got one and shortly after, two more. I still want to maintain that quality trained horse that allows that student who really wants to excel to have that horse here to do it. We have entry-level horses here for students who have never seen or touched one. I need a horse to take them to that level of career working with horses,” said the street.
The drill team started in 2010 and the students compete together. The team also does a musical ride performance for the annual Horse Fest held at Cleveland Metroparks in May. Street said the team had been at Horse Fest for six years.
“It’s an all-day event where people from all over come to see the horses and the performances. We also organize many local parades. If I have a student and his hometown is having a parade and he needs horses, then we go,” said the street.
The team participated in the Champion Memorial Day Parade, Niles Halloween Parade, and local Flag Day parades.
Street said TCTC plans to be part of a community night on April 21 and a horse show on April 30.
“There is an equine judging event where students can demonstrate what they are learning, such as their practical skills. They can ride the horses and it develops their riding skills. Students also travel to other judging events to judge other horses. That’s what we do and the students do it very well. said the street.