Equine team learns skills, horses get second chance

CHAMPION, Ohio (WKBN) – A group of students in Trumbull County have turned an after school activity into a championship team.

By day some students at the Trumbull County Career and Technical Center learn how to take care of horses. They groom them, saddle them up and learn barn management. At night they like to horse around, and it has paid off for the last four years.

Equine teacher Lisa Street started an equine drill team four years ago at the school. The group came in first place two of the years and won second place another year at competition.

“I was looking for something that we could try that would connect real life to what we are learning here at school and I found drill teams,” said Street. “I get the kids in September and a lot of them have never sat on a horse before, so that is always a challenge each year.”

It’s also a challenge for the students to teach the horses to do what they want them to do.

“It depends on the horse and depends on what you are trying to get them to do,” said Warren student Robert Edwards.

The horses in the program are getting a second chance at life. The animals are usually donated to the school or purchased at a low cost. Many of them are retired from other use.

“Some of the kids will say why is he doing that, and I say because that is why he is here,” said Street. “Each of them comes with their own little issues they have to learn to ride around and work with.”

The TCTC Equine Drill Team will travel to Alexandria, Kentucky on May 16 for their next competition.

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