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Colorado 4-H group visits Ohio
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - by Jessica Schroeder, USTA Outreach & Membership Enrichment Coordinator

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Columbus, OH --- The Weld County 4-H group has been in Columbus, Ohio, for four days preparing for and competing in the Horse Bowl contest at the All American Quarter Horse Congress.

Horse Bowl covers all aspects of the equine industry, including breeds and disciplines, conformation, reproduction, diseases and much more. After finishing 12th out of 24 teams Tuesday, the group from Greely, Colo., decided to expand their knowledge and learn more about the harness racing industry.

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Trainer Sandy Beatty and trotter B Lowthree demonstrate all the equipment that a harness horse uses.

The first stop Wednesday morning was to Scioto Downs Racino where race secretary Jason Roth gave them an overview of the Ohio racing industry. Then the group met trainers Scott Mogan and Sandy Beatty and 3-year-old trotter B Lowthree. The trainers went over the differences between trotters and pacers, race bikes and jog carts, the various equipment horses use and the breaking and training methods of young horses and older racehorses.

Afterwards, the group went 40 minutes south to Midland Acres in Bloomingburg to meet Doc, Jay and Dr. John Mossbarger. After visiting with stallions Big Bad John, Victory Sam, Real Desire and Chip Chip Hooray, the group went on to tour the breeding shed. The group was quizzed by Dr. John Mossbarger in different breeding terminology and situations before heading over to the yearling barn to see horses being prepped for the upcoming sales.

The tour was organized by group leader Theresa Johnson and the USTA.

If you have a group that would like to be introduced to harness racing or are hosting a group at your farm, track or local fairgrounds, contact Jessica Schroeder at or 877.800.8782, ext. 3212 for supporting materials for the group to take home.

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