Monday, March 4, 2013

Darke County Harness Horseman’s Association (DCHHA) Awards Banquet

This was originally posted last week but now contains a correction for the DCHHA Presidents name: Kerby Wilcox. -JohnL

The annual Darke County Harness Horseman’s Association (DCHHA) honored local horsemen Saturday night (Feb 23) at the Turtle Creek Golf Course in Greenville, Ohio. DCHHA President Kerby Wilcox welcomed everyone and spoke of the association's 40th anniversary. An original Charter member and past president Larry Aultman was recognized.

The DCHHA was honored to have State Representative Jim Buchy as the guest speaker, who talked about the changes in the state that affect the horseman and agriculture in Ohio. He also stressed the importance of the younger generations coming in to the industry.

Ten classes of Standard Bred horses and individual awards were presented by presented by Kerby Wilcox and Mike Baker.

The first of individual awards were recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award going to Alan Riegle and Roger Walls.

Greenville sports reporter George Starks was awarded the Honorary Achievement Award. George Starks was honored for his reporting on local harness racing and horsemen. During the Great Darke County Fair, George is there thruout the race program diligently covering the races including behind the scene stories.

Brittany Farms was also recognized as a Honorary Achievement Award winner.

The 10 classes of horses as well as owners and trainers recognized are as follows:
  • 2 yr. old colt pace- Cherokee Hunter- owned by Indian Creek Farms and trained by Kent Wilcox.
  • 2 yr. old colt trot- Hometown- owned and trained by Ron Wulber.
  • 2 yr. old filly trot- Coverlet- Owned and trained by Ron Wulber.
  • 3 yr. old colt pace- Ravenswood Yankee- owned and trained by Wayne Bowman.
  • 3 yr. old filly pace- Shakinmymoneymaker- owned by Mandy Jones, trained by Brian Jones.
  • 3 yr. old filly trot- Tesla- owned by Myron Brown and Beth Simons and trained by Dave Brumbaugh.
  • Aged Horse pace- Cherokee Ryder- owned by Indian Creek Farms and Kent Wilcox, trained by Wilcox.
  • Aged Mare pace- Lil Miss Alibi- owned by Cindy Austin and Steve Livingston trained by Livingston.
  • Aged Horse trot- Online Auction- owned by Don Bolyard and trained by Jeff Bolyard.
  • Aged Mare trot- Hollys Secret- owned and trained by R.C. Bowling.
Also on hand was Darke County Agricultural Society President Dick Delk and numerous fairboards members. President Delk spoke of the relationship with the DCHHA and the fine fair racing program that Darke County has.

The awards presentation was followed by a auction fundraiser with auctioneer Mike Baker. The DCHHA was privileged to donate monies from an auction item to the Gene Riegle Memorial Race Fund.

Elections were also held for officers and a trustee. Voted in were President Kerby Wilcox, Vice President Ron Richards, Secretary/Treasurer Debbie Nisonger, and one year trustee Dick Delk.

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