Nonprofit in Lexington teaching kids about the horse industry
One Lexington nonprofit is taking full advantage of its location, at the heart of the Horse Capital of the World. Frankie's Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade is giving students a first-hand look into the horse industry.
"Mondays and Wednesdays are typical days that we come right after school. We just added a new component for Friday, where we get to teach them agriculture, farm living, and how to raise different types of fruits and vegetables," explains Jermo Reese. Reese has been running the nonprofit for several years. Named in honor of his grandfather, Frankie's Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade teaches kids the equine industry.
"I've been around horses my whole entire life. A lot of stuff I learned, I learned from him," says Reese. His grandfather spent more than four decades working with horses. He was a well-know fixture at Keeneland sales. Reese is sharing his knowledge and love of horses with students that don't necessarily have the funds to fuel a horse riding passion.
"We live in the horse capital of the world, yet most kids are not able to get easy access to horses, so what we do is we give them that opportunity to come here and learn hands-on day-to-day how it is to work with horses," says Reese. He works with students nine and older, and with many, he's fostered a sense of pride in the business.
Frankie's Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade is hosting a charity gala October 13th. For tickets or sponsorship information, email FCLTC22@gmail.com. You can also call (859) 693.1223.