What I Can Be When I Grow Up was the topic of the day for Cascade Elementary School students on Tuesday, May 11. Students had the opportunity to learn about a career in equine science. Walking horse trainer Tony Mercer from Mercer Manor Stables, Bell Buckle, Tenn., shared with approximately 100 second and third graders, who were bubbling over with questions, the best and worst things about his chosen career path.

Mercer talked about his love of horses and his typical training day. He shared with the students that those best suited for a profession as a horse trainer are those who are hard working, enjoy the outdoors, have patience with animals and are great communicators with people. An added treat for the young children was Mercer’s hands-on presentation. Students got to get up close and personal with a four-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse as well as watch Mercer exhibit Flashed By Lightning on the school grounds. It’s worth noting that the Tennessee Walking Horse is the Cascade Champions’ school mascot.