VIDEO: Birth of a Horse at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences


Horse breeder Denny Pietranduono explains how he introduced breeding horse to students at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, and how they picked up the routine of breeding horses

Farming and raising horses isn’t something people often associate with Chicago. When two race horses named Vega and Calling Card took up residence at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, students helped care for them.

The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (“CHSAS”) is a public secondary magnet school opened in 1985 by the Chicago Public Schools as a unique, experimental high school devoted to teaching agricultural science to urban students. The school is located on a 72-acre campus with 40 acres
dedicated to a working farm. The school was built on the site of the last farm to survive within the Chicago city limits. Students commute from all across the city to CHSAS.

All students are members of the FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America).


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