OQHA Trail Ride another success!

Posted: June 14th, 2017

OQHA All Breed Trail Ride and Challenge was a success

More than 400 people attended the Annual Ohio Quarter Horse Association All Breed Trail Ride and Challenge held June 8-11 at the Tri-County Trail Association in East Sparta, Ohio with 237 participating in the Trail Challenges and 138 out on the trails.

The success of the family fun filled weekend has allowed the Trail Ride organizers to donate $1500 back to the Ohio Quarter Horse Foundation and $4500 to fund grants for 18 4-H kids throughout Ohio. The grants are used to support a 4-H kid’s passion for horses whether they need supplies, products, proper attire or a horse to show.

The weekend kicked off on Thursday with beautiful weather that lasted throughout the weekend. Announcer Joe Coalter along with judges Kelly Chapman and Billy Jo Chapman kept the spirit going throughout the weekend where Rebecca Burrell received the highest adult score over three days and Sydney Hawk received the highest youth score. 

OQHA Director Todd Salome brought fryers with him to prepare Friday night’s dinner, while OQHA Queen Kelsey Dorka switched things up as she participated in the Saturday trail challenge on a Paint Horse and rode around camp with the kids. Dorka also helped pass out the weekend awards and took pictures with all the winners.

Saturday evening attendees tried their hand at a challenging course created by the Baumans that even stumped some of the Masters class!

Event organizers contributed much of the weekend’s success to the kitchen crew, the challenge crew, and all who jumped in where help was needed. Organizers also commended the youth who attended for going mostly cell phone free the entire weekend.

Trail Ride organizers extend a special thank you to the generous sponsors who continue to support OQHA events:

Anthony Feed &Supply


Bauman’s Farm

Big Dee’s



GC Reclaiming

Harris Leather & Silverworks 

Haus of Dawgs

Horsemen’s Corral and Joe Coalter

IronGate Farm

Keller Williams

Mary Vedda

Mt Eaton Trailer



Sarchione Ford

Schneider’s Tack

Sparta Steel

Straight A’s Ranch City

Taggerts Icecream

Tammy Miller

Territory Fire Arms


Unkefer Equipment

Vaughan’s Pub and Grill

Western Rustic