By: Madison Smith, Contributing Writer
Griffin Holliday was nominated for the January SAE Spotlight. He is a junior at Centralia High School and is involved in PHBA (Palomino Horse Breeders Association), PEAM (Palomino Exhibitors Association of Missouri), MQHYA (Missouri Quarter Horse Youth Association) and AQHYA (American Quarter Horse Youth Association).
During his SAE, Holliday works with his horses by showing, breeding and riding them. He has been working with horses since he was five. His favorite part of the SAE is getting to travel across the nation and competing with his horses. Holliday was recently awarded the 2017 PHBYA Reserve World Champion in two-year-old geldings. His goal is to make and win as much money and as many awards as possible. He has learned many skills while working with his horses and how to have patience with his horses as well as people.
FFA adviser Scott Stone picked Holliday because his SAE is outstanding. Stone is impressed with all the hard work and national awards Holliday has received and is excited to see what the future holds for him.
The objective of a Supervised Agricultural Experience is to work with educational programs to better prepare FFA students for their future careers. The simple skills such as communication and patience will help them succeed in life. Stone says he has his students do an SAE for the learning experience. He says they can explore any career interest they may have and even find a field they might not want to follow. Stone said, “I hope they all have the chance to earn a profit, but I hope they can learn what areas they are interested in as a potential career.”
Holliday is preparing to expand his breeding herd and will continue to work hard on his SAE. He wants to take his SAE to the next level and have his little business grow to make it more profitable.