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LTAC Welcomes our New Team Member!

Jermo Reese

Equine Instructional Assistant

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Check out Mr. Reese's bio:

Jermo Reese, founder of Frankie's Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade (FCLTC) is a native of Lexington Kentucky. Reese spent his childhood working alongside his grandfather Frank Wilson on a local Thoroughbred farm, where his love of horses began.

In 2004 Jermo moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in photography and while photographing a client, a conversation of horse behavior and training came up. With his background in working with thoroughbreds, he told the client of his experience and offered some help. Reese spent the next several years in Acton, CA. where he worked with breeds of horses he had never worked with, such as Draft, Quarter, and Arabian. Interacting and learning these new breeds, Reese was also taught a new aspect for working with horses in relation to groundwork, lunging, free lunging, joint up, and most importantly the philosophy of a horse’s cognizance. Reese enjoyed his learning experiences and it was confirmed that dealing with horses was in his blood. After 2 and ½ years working with the client’s horses, Reese went back to Los Angeles with new skills and was blessed with another venture for a year working in a small horse community in Compton, CA.

September 2015, Reese moved back to Lexington Kentucky, and care of his widowed grandmother. His first week back, there was a news story regarding a man that was being indicted for recruiting gang members. Reese, being raised in this city, pondered what was becoming of these times and how could he promote change. Later, while meditating in the room his grandfather Frank passed in, Reese was drawn to a hand-painted portrait of his grandfather working as a ring handler “green coat”. During that moment Reese asked, “Granddaddy, what are you trying to tell me?” At that instance, Frankie’s Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade was born.

Along with being the founder and clinician of Frankie’s Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade (FCLTC), Reese services as a board member, mentor, and advisor for multiple youth/young adults in the Lexington Area. Community Inspired Solutions, Knights of Pythagoras, Boys of Color, and Shiloh Baptist Church are the current organizations. Reese’s’ mantra, “Because every child deserves a chance at a life-changing experience" is the core of his service. Reese believes children are the adults of tomorrow, “if we don’t take the time to teach youth to invest in their own future, what good was kept knowledge we had”?

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In the Spotlight

Carter G. Woodson Academy

Locust Trace Satellite Program

Under the guidance of Mr. Jacob Ball, Agriculture Education Teacher and FFA Advisor, we are proud to showcase the CGWA Middle School FFA Officer Team.

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President: Gary Motley

My favorite thing about FFA is the different opportunities that are given to us. I want to be a coach or commentator on basketball games. One thing that I want to accomplish in FFA is to learn how I can better my understanding of FFA and to promote agriculture.

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Vice President: Nash Breeze

My favorite thing about the Carter G. Woodson Academy ag program is that it gives you opportunities you otherwise wouldn't have. You get to meet people you never have met before. You get to learn things you didn't know, and you get to go places you have never gone to. My college aspiration is to go to Arizona State University and get a degree in journalism.

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Secretary: Bryan Israel

My favorite thing about the FFA program is that there is a lot of hands-on experiences and I learn things I have never known. When I go to college I want to play sports and get to learn how to be a real estate agent and if that doesn't go as planned then I’ll be a businessman. One thing that I want to accomplish this year is to memorize the creed and learn the opening and closing ceremonies.

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Treasurer: Jalen Johnson

My favorite thing about FFA is all of the new things that we learn about opportunities in agriculture. My future college career is sports and study business management. My goal to accomplish this year is to have more than last school year and get more fellow scholars involved in our FFA/Jr. MANRRS Chapter.
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Reporter: Michael Trujillo, Jr.

My favorite thing about CGWA is that it goes through high school so we know who we will be around through the years. I plan to be a therapist or a producer and I hope to study in Florida. I hope to grow and maintain some plants for my SAE this year.

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Sentinel: Zion Strozier

My favorite thing about FFA is learning new life skills and being better prepared for college or a career. My future college and career plans are going to the NFL or sports turf management. One thing I hope to accomplish this year in FFA is to do hands-on skills and grow our chapter.

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Committee Chair: Christopher Chenault

My favorite about CGWA and the FFA Chapter is the friendships I have developed. When I grow up I want to be a cartoonist. My goal to accomplish this year is to get all A’s in my classes.

8th Grade Application for 2021-2022 now Open!

Current Fayette Co. 8th graders click here to apply!

Fayette County Public Schools students, make sure to use your Fayette County student email!

Outstanding Farm Bureau

Youth Contest

Locust Trace Finalists

Students will compete September 30th to determine the local Farm Bureau winners. Winners will advance to the District Farm Bureau Contest.
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Shawn Frost

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Caroline Groth

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Kennedy Little

Julian Palomeque Lopez

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Ana Saunders

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Elyssa Spiggle

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Haivan Stroman

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Artemus Willey

Congratulations to all participants!


  1. Kennedy Little
  2. Ana Saunders
  3. Artemus Willey


  1. Cheyenne Stigall
  2. Haivan Stroman


  1. Caroline Groth
  2. Bailey Jorgensen
  3. Elyssa Spiggle


  1. Jaydin Bodager
  2. Shawn Frost
  3. Julian Palomeque Lopez
  4. Reine (Kat) Watson

Equine Studies Program

Senior Spotlight

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The Kentucky Castle Program

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Organic Farming at the Kentucky Castle

Around the Farm

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Fayette County FFA Alumni

Officers Needed

Fayette Co. FFA Alumni has openings for


Vice President


Shelley Kidd plans to serve as Treasurer for a second year.

If you are interested in serving as a member of the board to please reach out to Shelley Kidd at

If you know of someone else that may be interested, please forward them this information.

Get connected with the Alumni!

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Calendar of Events

  • LTAC Farm Bureau Outstanding Youth Contest

10/1 and 10/2, 2020

  • Fall Break

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Want to know more about Locust Trace?

Locust Trace AgriScience Center Overview

KY Thoroughbred Association & Fayette County Public Schools Partnership

Locust Trace AgriScience Center - Press Video

KTA/FCPS Press Conference

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