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9/24/2012 5:57:00 AM
Draft Horse Show rides again
Estimated 250-300 horses on parade at Highland County Fairgrounds over the weekend
The Clemsons Show Belgians entry from Chardon, Ohio is pictured at the 2012 Southern Ohio Draft Horse Association Show. (Photo by Steve Roush)
The Clemsons Show Belgians entry from Chardon, Ohio is pictured at the 2012 Southern Ohio Draft Horse Association Show. (Photo by Steve Roush)
Trenton Gulley, 3, of Hillsboro and other youngsters paraded around the show ring at the Highland County Fairgrounds with stick horses Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Steve Roush)
Trenton Gulley, 3, of Hillsboro and other youngsters paraded around the show ring at the Highland County Fairgrounds with stick horses Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Steve Roush)

By STEVE ROUSH
For The Highland County Press 

In perfect step, magnificent horses paraded around the show ring at the Highland County Fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon as the three-day Southern Ohio Draft Horse Association Show came to a close.

The show, now in its 37th year, was originally held in Russellville, but has been held in Highland County for the past 15 years.

“The show started at a little park in Russellville,” said Ruth Bloom, who has held pretty much every office at the Southern Ohio Draft Horse Association.

Her son, Jeff, is currently president and director of the group.

“I’ve been active in the show with horses for 36 of the years and attended the first show.”

 




Ruth Bloom said that from the show’s start on Friday until it closed on Sunday, an estimated 250 to 300 horses took part in the popular event.

“People come from all over,” she said. “We have horses here from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Canada, and last year, we had horses here that came from New York.”

She added that the attendance and the weather were “pretty good” this year, but said the chilly, windy weather Saturday night made things a little tough for the participants and those watching the show.

Overall, the Draft Horse Show is a “family weekend,” Ruth Bloom said.

“One thing about draft horse people is that everyone helps everyone,” she said with a smile. “It’s really a close-knit group. People come here every year and stay the whole weekend.”

She said that she appreciates all the people and businesses that donate and sponsor the event, along with everyone who helps make the show possible.

“A lot of hours go into this,” she said. “We thank everyone who helps put this on every year.”




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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012
Article comment by: John Sullivan

Harriet, I totally agree, the Blooms are to be commended. The Southern Ohio Draft Horse Association Show is a great event, and kudos to everyone who helps make it possible each year.

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012
Article comment by: Harriet Fenner

A very BIG Thank You goes out to Ruth and Ralph Bloom!

Who knows whether this event would have even survived, much less stayed in Southern Ohio, without the Bloom's dedication to keeping alive the interest in these magnificant animals.

I don't attend the event anymore but I still have a love for these huge beauties. I remember the "goosebumps" I got while watching these horses and their owners/handlers go through their paces.

I would urge parents to take their children to see this event (what kid doesn't have a love for horses?). Where could families have a more wholesome experience? The closest most of us could come to seeing anything like these animals is to watch the "Budweiser Holiday Commercial" on TV.

Here's your chance, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, to see these horses in our own backyard! Mark this on your calendar for next year. You won't regret it!

Again, thanks to Ralph, Ruth, their family and the many others who help bring this event to Highland County (and the world) each year.




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