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Ohio has a lot of horses, one of the highest populations in the US, so it has a lot of horse activities, and facilities for those events, plus a lot of trail riding. Ohio’s highest horse population is that of the Thoroughbred, followed by the Quarter Horse, but just about ‘every’ breed and discipline is represented in this state. Racing is the most popular activity(with Harness racing being very big), the second being showing, followed by all recreational horse activities and there are more trails for riding that in all the surrounding states combined.
Standardbred Horse Activity in Ohio
Ohio ranks very high for numbers of Standardbreds and the Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association is very active. The World Standardbred Horse Show is held in October at Eden Park in Sunbury, Ohio, hosted by the (SPHO) Standardbred pleasure horse of Ohio. Harness Tracks: Lebanon Raceway, Northfield Park Racetrack, Raceway Park, Scioto Downs.
The Little Brown Jug, the second leg of the Pacing Standardbred’s Triple Crown (and also the premier pacing classic for 3-year-olds), maintains the long tradition of the famed Grand Circuit Harness racing at the lovely and time-honored Delaware Ohio County Fairgrounds, Some serious Harness Racing history has happened here through the years. The famous pacer Tar Hell, went the first 2 minute mile in 1951. In 1959, the great Adios Butler broke that record with 1:59 and was the first of the triple crown winners. Then in 1965, Bret Hanover won with the incredible time of 1:57, which remained the fastest time until Governor Skipper in 1977 won in 1:56.1. In 1980 the famed Niatross in 1:54.4, with the current Jog record made by the winner in 2008, Lonestar Legend in 1:49.3.
The Cane Pace, The Little Brown Jug, and the Messenger Stake are the three races comprising the pacer’s Triple Crown,and it has only been won ten times so far.
Horse Trail Riding in Ohio
The heart of the Ohio Trail finds and outdoor arena, and camping near Mount Vernon at the Knox County Horse Park, with 60 acres. Horse shows are open to the public.
There are so many trail rides it is impossible to list them here, but here is a good website that provides lots of information for those who love to ride their horses on trails! Horse Trail Guide Ohio
The Ohio Quarter Horse Association offers an annual grand trail ride too, held in Laurelville. Following the ride, everyone gathers for dinner and auction events.
Ohio Quarter Horse Activities
This breed enjoys a very high population throughout Ohio, and for 24 days in October, at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, The All American Quarter Horse Congress takes place. This is the world’s largest single breed horse show, and results in something over 400 championships being awarded.
Along with single breed classes these Quarter Horses also have the opportunity to compete in events sanctioned by the National Cutting Horse Association, The National Reining Horse Association, the National Snaffle Bit Association and the Southern Belle Invitational Breeder’s program. It’s quite an exciting 24 days, and is attended by folks for all over the world, not to mention the finest horses of this breed. Of course there are also many, many other local and even state shows in Ohio for the Quarter Horse.
Ohio is full of horse activities
The Ohio Horse Park is an active center of education and learning as a division of Ohio University. And if not a student, there are open arena nights for public riding, several and horse shows,clinics and training camps.
Ohio also has three Thoroughbred Race Tracks: Beulah Park, River Downs, Thistledown. Annually, the state hosts a very large Equine Affaire, and one of the largest Arabian horse shows in the entire country , which takes place every Memorial Day Weekend at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The Champions Center Expo in Springfied, is also home to lots of national horses shows, as well as regional. Then there is the National Champion Equestrian Complex in Findlay. Really, every horse breed/discipline in Ohio is given many opportunities and venues for shows and gatherings.
For a more relaxed tempo, one can visit Ohio Amish Country, the largest such settlement in the world, where the number of horses is higher than the number of humans.
Yes, Ohio is horse poor!
Ohio Horse Property
While Ohio has forest and rougher terrain toward the east and southeast, nearing the Allegheny and Appalachian mountains, a large part of the state is fairly flat which makes it incredibly nice for locating horse property, small or large.
Yet if one enjoys more variation, there is a Great Lake (Erie) with a few islands, and many rivers, such as: Great Miami River, Maumee, Cuyahoga, Muskingum and Scioto River. Ohio also offers Cuyahoga Valley, a national park, an Wayne a national forest, plus a number of National Wildlife refuges too. Summers of course are the typical mid-west hot and humid, and winters can get cold. Precipitation is moderate all year.
Ohio has a wide range of housing and building styles , from very famous examples to today’s modern. Ohio does have a good system of roads connecting everywhere in the state, so hauling a horse trailer is not difficult. In this state it’s probably a matter of actually locating the house and land you like the best for the purchase price. Realtors abound ! Do check in with your favorite breed and discipline associations and chat with some local horse owners though.
Be sure to check HSC’s calendar of shows for this state.