Horse show raises funds for HSOV

There was plenty of “horsing around” during the Open Horse Fun Show at the Washington County Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon as more than 30 horses and riders took part in the first-ever horse show fundraiser for the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.

“It’s just a fund event for the kids and the community. And I wanted a way to give something back to the local animal shelter, so 100 percent of the proceeds from this event is going to the H.S.O.V.,” said Annette Dunn, who’s provided a foster home for some larger shelter animals over the last decade.

“I take in horses that have been abused as well as livestock of all kinds,” she said.

Money raised from entry and grounds fees, as well as concessions and the sale of raffle tickets, will help pay for veterinary services and other day to day expenses at the animal shelter on Mount Tom Road.

Shelter manager Steve Herron said the horse show is another new event to help support the H.S.O.V. this year.

“This gives kids a chance to bring their horses out to see how they might do in a real horse show,” he said. “And some people don’t know that horses are among the animals people sometimes bring to the animal shelter.”

Alexis Doak of McConnelsville was among those who entered horses in Sunday’s show. She rode an Appaloosa named “Emmy” in the 25 contests that were part of the horse show.

“The poles will probably be most difficult for her,” Doak said. “She doesn’t like to weave in and out of the poles on the field.”

Jevona Bille of Stockport was riding an Arabian horse named “Blaze.”

“I do these shows mostly for fun, but it also helps us train our horses for other shows,” she said.

Herron said the shelter has taken in four or five horses so far this year which are housed at foster homes like Dunn’s as there are no facilities for such large animals at the Mount Tom Road facility.

“We’re not just here for cats and dogs,” he said. “We’ve taken in cattle, llamas, goats-even boa constrictors. We get four or five snakes every year, too. Just recently we took in a six-foot boa.”

Herron said large animals are often left at the shelter because people don’t know how or can’t afford to take care of them.

He said events like the horse show and an upcoming yard sale and Bingo fundraiser help pay the bills to care for animals at the shelter and in foster homes.

The yard sale is scheduled Aug. 1 and 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Legion Post 64 on the corner of Eighth and Wooster streets in Marietta.

The Bingo fundraiser is slated for Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.) in the Reno Community Recreation Center at 260 Sandhill Road in Reno.