Dixie and her owner, Susan Timmons, appear to still enjoy showing together even after 24 years.

Draft horse is 24-year fair veteran

It is not rare to find families that enjoy showing at their local county fair year after year, but what is rare is that for the last 24 years Ron and Susan Timmons have been able to show Dixie, their Belgian mare, at the Morrow County Fair every year.

Twenty-four years ago, Ron brought Dixie home from a sale as a weanling as a surprise for Susan. Since that time, Dixie as become a regular at the Morrow County Fair. She has been shown at the fair in various events during the annual draft horse show during every year of her life.

Dixie and Susan Timmons competed in the Ladies Draft Horse Cart Class at the 2013 Morrow County Fair.
Dixie and Susan Timmons competed in the Ladies Draft Horse Cart Class at the 2013 Morrow County Fair.

Dixie still looks great and is healthy and was able to compete at the 2013 Morrow County Fair in Belgian Mare Halter and in the draft horse cart classes. She still seems to enjoy her time at the fair and in the show arena.

This type of longevity in the draft horse show arena is unique and speaks to the quality of the horse and the care she receives. As for me, I’m hoping Dixie is able to continue to be a part of the fair for years to come. I can’t imagine spending a week in the draft horse barn without her.

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