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2014 US Draft Horse Plowing Contest


Over the 2014 Labor Day weekend, draft horse owners and enthusiasts gathered at Carriage Hill Farm MetroPark in Huber Heights, Ohio to hold the US Plowing Contest. There were contestants from 6 different states on hand to compete on Sunday. Prior to the Sunday US competition, plowers from the state of Ohio spent Saturday determining which of the many Buckeyes on hand would be representing their state on Sunday in the US competition. In order to represent Ohio in the Sunday competition, individuals had to place first in their class on Saturday. The Saturday winners were announced at the dinner on Saturday night following the plowing. In all, there were 4 competitors who advanced to the US competition on Sunday. (There were a few of the US competitors from other states who the organizers had permitted to also plow on Saturday as their religious beliefs would have prevented them from plowing on Sunday.) It was also announced at the Saturday dinner that the US Plowing Contest for 2015 will be held at Asbury University in the town of Wilmore just south of Lexington, Kentucky. Dr Marty Bilderback from the university was on hand to formally invite everyone to attend the event next year at Asbury. This is part of the effort by the organizers to help this event become a true national event by rotating it's location between various states. The Ohio Plowing Contest will be held again in 2015 at Carriage Hill Farm 2 weeks prior to the Labor Day event at Asbury. Sunday's plowing this year was hampered slightly by overnight rains and overcast, threatening skies most of the day, but it did stay dry all day and the competitors were able to plow with no weather related problems. When the final scores were all tallied, Mike Atkins from Ohio was again the high point winner. Mike and his mules were repeat winners from the prior year and also from other years in the past. Most everyone agreed that the ground this year was the best that we have ever had at Carriage Hill. Congratulations to Mike and to all of the competitors and a special thanks to the group of individuals that do all of the work that it takes to bring this event to us each year.


 

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Friday - Practice

Friday - Practice

Saturday - Ohio State Plowing Contest

Saturday - Ohio State Plowing Contest

Sunday - US Plowing Contest

Sunday - US Plowing Contest

 

 

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