HUBER HEIGHTS — The Ohio Horse Plowing Contest will be held at Carriage Hill Metropark Farm on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. This is the 13th year of the Ohio contest. The first two years were held at the Farm Science Review near London.
Nine teamsters will be plowing 13 plots to compete for Ohio’s bragging rights. Teamsters include Mike Atkins of Lucasville, George Fuller of Pedro, Dale Goecke of Columbus Grove, Scott Link of Fort Recovery, Chris Mosher of Cardington, Doris Mosher of Marengo, Richard Palte of Bluffton, Tim Roush of Hillsboro and Don Ryan of Seaman.
The contest is being held in conjunction with Carriage Hill’s Draft Horse Days.
The U. S. Horse Plowing Contest, which in recent years has been contested at Carriage Hill Farm, has been moved to Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky. on Saturday, Sept. 5, according to Lynn Neal, a member of the plowing committee.
Neal said the plowing committee had been discussing for several years the possibility of moving the national contest to either Indiana or Kentucky as there are several teamsters who plow from those areas.
Neal said that Asbury University expressed their interest in hosting the contest in conjunction with their equine program. He indicated that the committee made several trips to Wilmore, Ky. and were “very impressed” with what they had to offer. The Ohio committee will be helping them this year. The judges for the National contest are from Michigan, Alabama and Mississippi.
Because Ohio is the only state that holds a state plowing contest, the U. S. contest will also be open to any Ohio contestant who wants to plow, according to Neal. This is only fair in that other states may have as many contestants as wish to enter.