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More than 100 horses expected at Bath Horse Show

6/20/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

Bath resident Haley Zimmerman is shown competing in a past Bath Horse Show.
Photo: Lew Stamp
BATH — The Bath Fire Department will host the 69th annual Bath Horse Show July 6-7 at the horse grounds at Revere and Everett Roads, across from Revere High School.

Amy Bowers, a co-chair of the Bath Horse Show, said more than 100 horses will be featured at this year’s event.

“The show features Western classes on Saturday [July 6], and English classes, which includes jumping, on Sunday [July 7],” she said.

According to Bowers, the Bath Horse Show is the lone fundraising event to supplement the purchase of fire and EMS equipment and training for the Bath Fire Department, and supports community CPR classes and other safety related community activities.

“This is the Fire Department’s biggest fundraiser and those funds go towards funding new Emergency Medical Services [EMS] and fire safety equipment,” she stated. “Last year, the money went towards a new water truck.”

While the event funds different items and programs for the Fire Department each year, Bowers said, the show pretty much stays the same from year to year.

“It’s pretty consistent. It’s a family-friendly event with a number of activities,” she said. “This year, they’re expanding the vendors at the front gate to include community service groups. That’s a little different. It’s grown a bit.”

Even though the Bath Horse Show is centered around equestrian-based activities, Bowers said the event also will include activities for people who aren’t interested in horses.

“There will be a display of fire equipment and there will be vendors,” she said. “People can always stop by to support the Fire Department and the community with the 69th edition of this annual event. This is a fun social event for Bath, Richfield and surrounding communities. People come to see their neighbors that they don’t get to see that often. It’s kind of interesting. That’s one big reason I go.”

Another of the event’s major draws is the annual Bath Horse Show Poster Contest.

“There were almost 800 posters turned in from kids in the Revere [Local] School District,” Bowers said. “About 150 were selected as winners. They get a ticket to the horse show, and there will be a raffle prize drawing on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The prizes include Barnes & Noble gift cards, books and T-shirts — stuff like that.”

As in the past, several awards will be handed out at the Bath Horse Show. Those awards include: the Sarah Wharton Trophy, named for one of the original supporters of the show; the Bath Horse Show Trophy, given to a student from the Revere Local School District; and the Bath Volunteers for Service (BVS) Trophy.

Bowers said the BVS got involved in helping the Fire Department with this event “sometime in the ’70s.”

“BVS is a local community service group that has several projects that support other area groups,” she said. “BVS coordinates and administrates all the ticket sales before and up to the event — mailings begin in March to the whole community — and they staff the front gate of the show. The Bath Horse Show is our biggest service event for the year.”

The Bath Horse Show, which is a rain-or-shine event, will begin at 9 a.m. each day and will end at approximately 4 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the front gate. General admission tickets are $5. Discounted tickets are available for seniors at $3, and children younger than 5 years old will be admitted free of charge. In addition, two-day family passes are available for $15.

For more information, call the Bath Fire Department at 330-666-3738. For additional information about the BVS, go to www.bathvolunteersforservice.com.

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