The Recorder – Franklin Tech students participate in Future Farmers of America event

Published: 01/28/2022 16:48:41

Modified: 01/28/2022 16:47:24

Students from Franklin County Technical School recently showed off their equine acumen by participating in equine presentation and horse evaluation classes at the Future Farmers of America equine career development event at Briggs Stable in Hanover.

For Equine Showmanship, contestants were assigned a random horse to work with and then judged on their handling skills, according to a press release from Franklin Tech. Seven Franklin Tech students competed: Mattie-Lee Newcomb, Rylee Ares, Britney Zager, Anna Morrissey, Bella Johnson, Hannah Mackie and Abby Shaw.

In Division A, Zager placed first and Morrissey placed second, the statement said. In Division B, Ares placed first and Newcomb placed third.

For horse evaluation, students worked in teams to gain new insights into equine science by evaluating and classifying horses based on breed characteristics, conformation, and performance. According to the statement, participants defend their decisions through oral presentations before a panel of judges.

In Division A, with Newcomb, Ares, Zager, and Morrissey competing, Franklin Tech earned a third-place finish in the overall team standings. Individually, Morrissey earned third place overall and Newcomb took home a bronze medal, according to the release. Division B team did not place.

“It’s always special to see our students take what they’re learning here at Franklin County Tech and showcase it in real-world events and competitions,” Superintendent Richard Martin said in the press release. “These students have achieved good results and have achieved very good results in terms of internships. They have also been great ambassadors for our school and we are proud of their accomplishments.

Veterinary science professors Regina Grover-Parsons and Kimberly Barry served as coaches at the event.

Career development events such as this create a link between classroom instruction and real-world employment opportunities, the statement explains. Building on knowledge learned in the classroom, the events prepare students for careers in agriculture. the Massachusetts Future Farmers Association of America offers a variety of these events throughout the school year at various host sites.

Joseph K. Bennett