FREDERICKTOWN, Ohio – Despite cold and blustery weather the last day of April, about a dozen intrepid Percheron teamsters and an equal number of helpers showed up for the Percheron Horse Association of America plow meet.
The event was held at the group’s headquarters just off state Route 13 on Quaker Road near Fredericktown, Ohio.
The predicted showers held off and the ground proved just soft enough to make an easy pull for the teams.
Passersby on state Route 13 saw the teams strung out across the field and came to see what was going on. They watched the plowing match and then the log skidding and obstacle course competitions.
Winners. Howard Goodyear topped the log skid contest, followed by Dick Rook in second.
Dave Orahood won the walking plow match, with second place going to Bill Shuey. Gary Kisamore won the riding plow division, with Jim Reed finishing second. Kisamore also won the Best Matched Team honor.
In the obstacle course, Joe Reed won the top spot, followed by Jim Reed, who also won the day’s Best Male Teamster honor.
Amanda Mangus was named Best Female Teamster and Ron Skinner’s team was named Best Broke team.
Home in Ohio. The Percheron association has about 3,000 members scattered throughout the 50 states. It registered nearly 2,500 news horses each year, and 3,000 or more registrations change hands.
With the largest Amish community in the world, Ohio is still a center of draft horse breeding.
In 1991, the breed association created a charitable and educational fund for the purpose of promoting Percheron draft hose skills and traditions.
The education fund supports both youth and adult clinics in the many phases of caring for, driving and working the Percheron horse.
The Percheron association building was built in 1992.
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