When it comes to horse shows, Ashland County Fair has it all.

Horses events have always been a main attraction at the fair, harness racing being one of the most popular.

"It’s one of the things that county fairs are known for is the harness races," speed superintendent Edna Cox said.

Harness racing will kick off Monday at the Grandstand with two sessions—one at noon for two-year-old horses and one at 6 p.m. for three-year-old horses.

The favorite pastime continues to grow bigger each year.

"We’ve had more last year than in the previous years and it looks to be the same about this year," Cox said.

Last year’s count was around 100 horses, with the same or more expected this year. The races will be determined the Friday before the fair when entries are taken.

The races offer free admittance and parimutuel betting is allowed.

Besides the races, horse lovers check out a variety of draft horse and pony events throughout the week at the Coliseum.

A combination of relay races, including egg-and-spoon and ribbon races, the annual Draft Horse Stable-In Fun Show is Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

"It’s just something for fun," draft horse and pony supervisor Ben Carpenter said. "There’s no prize money. They’re just out there for fun."

The Draft Horse and Pony Halter is Tuesday at 8 a.m. Fairgoers can enjoy watching the judges evaluate and place each horse as riders parade their horses around.

Later at 12 p.m. on Tuesday spectators can watch the Draft Horse and Pony Hitch. Judges will evaluate and place horses based on the way they move as they pull carts or wagons. Two teams of two horses will pull at the same time.

"The Tuesday hitch show at noon is the most popular," Carpenter said. "It always falls on Seniors Citizens Day and a lot of seniors enjoy watching the show. It’s pretty impressive watching the four-hitched show."

A similar show will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Open Draft Horse and Pony Hitch.

The fun continues with the Draft Pony Pull Friday. Starting at 7 p.m. teams of two will pull weighted sleds for about 21 feet with 1,000 to 2,000 pounds starting out. More weight will be added each round until there’s a winner. Most horses reach somewhere between 6,000 to 6,500 pounds, Carpenter said.

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