hooves to be heard soon at Ripley County Fairgrounds Park
racing makes a comeback
Just a few days before the Ripley County 4-H Fair has its official
opening, harness racing will take place on the renovated original
track at the grandstand. July 14 at 11 a.m. will be the first race,
with another event planned for September 6 also at 11:00 a.m. The
last time harness racing took place in Osgood was in 1955, according
to one historian.
Reviving the sport from the past has created a flurry of excitement
at the Ripley County Fairgrounds Park in Osgood. There has been
a lot of movement with the original track, which is situated on
the outskirts of the race track where motor vehicles now run, being
completely restored. This was made possible through a $20,665.24
grant from the Indiana Standardbred Association, Greenfield.
There is much to be done to prepare for the races, according to
Carrie Hollman of Milan, who participates in the sport. She said
its a generation thing. Her parents raced, now she is racing,
and passing it on to her own children.
Hollman encourages families to come to the event and let their children
interact with the horses. They are welcome to pet them,
she told The Versailles Republican.
For Hollman, its a 365-day-a-year job. She said the horses
have to be harnessed and driven, shoed, fed, and have annual veterinary
checks. On race day, there is a lot to be done as well. She talked
about warming the horses up two hours before the race and then afterwards,
cooling them down. But, its all worth the effort, according
The Ripley County 4-H Corporation is sponsoring the races. Member
Lowell Summers said, Since it hasnt been done in more
than 50 years, it will be interesting. The Ripley County Park
Board has also been involved in bringing the races to Osgood.
Someone who remembered the races well is Osgood native Donald Dunbar.
Oh, yes, I remember going to the races back in the 30s
with my grandfather, Dunbar told The Versailles Republican.
He said it was great fun and hopes this will be a drawing card to
bring people to the fairgrounds park.
Phil Mohr who serves as the vice-president of the park board said,
This will be good entertainment for the family. You could
bring a picnic and enjoy the day. He told of a recent experience
attending a horse race and said it is exciting that it is coming
Families are encouraged to come to the event where door prizes will
be given away.
This racing event in no way is to take away from the traditional
races held at the grandstand. The truck drags and much more will
take place throughout the fair week.
That track was not compromised in any way when the new track was
For businesses that are interested in sponsoring a winners
blanket, they can contact the park office at 689-6535 before June
30. There will be a total of 16 winners circle blankets businesses
can sponsor for only $85.00.
For more information you can contact Julie Brancamp, Ripley County
Fairgrounds Park manager at the above number.