The History of Harry Hughes Youth Equestrian Center
Harry Hughes spent most of his leisure time with children and horses. He trained, showed, and shared his knowledge and experience with young riders. His belief was that he could help children learn good sportsmanship through horsemanship.
Mr. Hughes became a National Director of the Appaloosa Horse Club. He judged horse shows and put on special clinics. He received an Honorary Member Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the Ohio 4-H. He never charged money for his youth services.
Harry Hughes was a giving member of society. He never let his heart condition interfere with his love of children and horses. He just kept that quiet as he lived his life. He passed away in 1972. The next year his friends formed a not for profit organization known as Harry Hughes Horseman's Haven Inc.- a memorial to Mr. Harry Hughes in the things he loved the most.....his love of children and horses.
The first Harry Hughes Memorial Horse Show was put on in August 1973. The first formal Board of Trustees meeting was held on March 2, 1974. In 1975 the Harry Hughes Sportsmanship Award was created to honor youth who showed good sportsmanship, were non abusive to their parents, were involved in helping others and took wins and losses with equal grace. The Harry Hughes Scholarship was first given in 1983. Our annual Scholarship Show raises the money to fund the scholarship.
The Jones Family donated the land for the youth equestrian center. Hard work, caring individuals, time and money have made this facility what it is today. The annual Ride-A-Thon is sponsored by the board members and raises money to keep the facility in top condition. Everyone is encouraged to participate! It is with everyone's support that we can continue to improve and maintain the grounds.
Youth now and in the future will enjoy this facility as long as the horsemen and horsewomen continue to live Harry Hughes's dream. It is with hope that the youth of today become Board Members and caretakers of tomorrow and that they pass the legacy on to future generations.