Wed, 15 March 2023
OFI 1651: The Adrenaline Of The Show Ring | FFA SAE Edition | Preston Sechrest | East Davidson High School FFA
Preston Sechrest is a 2022 SAE Grant Recipient. He is also the treasurer of the East Davidson FFA Chapter in Thomasville, North Carolina, and he is going to use his grant money as well as money that he saved from working at a grocery store to purchase his first dairy heifer for showing.
This all began for Preston during his 9th Grade year of high school. He was considering becoming a game warden in the future, he still is actually, so he took an animal science class as an elective. When his teacher, Mrs. Leonard, did a unit on introduction to the FFA, he thought he had been tricked. However, by the end of school year he had been hooked, and he was a full-fledged FFA member.
His advisor encouraged Preston to go to a dairy cattle showing clinic to get introduced to this event. He went, and he took to it. People could not believe that he had never showed cattle before, and he got several offers to show for other people. He has done ten heifer shows for a neighboring farm since then, and this has sparked an interest that Preston believes he will have for the rest of his life!