POSTED MAY 9, 2019
By Kate Miller
State FFA Media Intern
OKLAHOMA CITY – Elmore City-Pernell FFA member Seth McCaa’s successful employment at horse ranches around Garvin County led him to earn one of Oklahoma FFA’s highest honors: the 2019 State Star in Agricultural Placement.
McCaa’s supervised agricultural experience was rated the best in agricultural placement among the 807 FFA members who received the State FFA Degree during the 93rd annual State FFA Convention on May 1.
McCaa said he grew up in the equine industry because his dad works as a horse trainer. When he decided to look for a high school job, he said he wanted it to be connected to his passion, so working for horse ranches was the perfect fit.
“My SAE provides me with diverse experiences and opportunities to gain knowledge in equine reproduction and horse training,” McCaa said.
McCaa was able to learn nearly every aspect of equine management through his employment at Equine Reproduction, Diamond R Ranch and Coppin Ranch Hand Services, where he was able to work with a variety of farmers and ranchers.
McCaa said he was specifically involved in equine breeding and reproduction whenever possible. He has been trained in procedures like ultrasounds and embryo transfers.
After graduation, McCaa plans to attend college to pursue a career in the equine industry. He said he wants to stay in the equine industry for the rest of his life, because he recognizes the character he has gained and wants to pass the same qualities down in the future.
In addition to the State Star honor, McCaa received the Governor’s Trophy and a $1,500 cash award, which is sponsored at the state level by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives. He will compete at the National level in October.
The 18-year-old Elmore City-Pernell FFA member is the son of Jeffrey and Stacey McCaa. His agricultural education instructor and FFA adviser is Tanner Nauta.
FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education division in the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education system.
With nearly 27,000 members and 362 chapters, the Oklahoma FFA Association is the fourth-largest state FFA association.
The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
To learn more about the Oklahoma FFA, visit okffa.org.