Anne Judd To Judge Dayton’s 150th


            The board of directors for The Dayton Horse Show Assn. is pleased to announce that Anne Judd will judge the 150th edition of The Dayton Horse Show held Aug 2-5 at the historic Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Dayton, Ohio.  Judd comes to center ring with a wealth of experience having trained world and national champion horses and riders throughout her career.

  With the show reaching a milestone that few accomplish, it is through the hard work of the Board of Directors and their volunteers is one of the many reasons this horse show has maintained for these many years.  The horse show was originally called the Dayton Horse Fair, where in earlier years was the place to be for the areas elite and horse owners, trainers and exhibitors from far and wide.

  What once was a beautiful treed hillside where the towns people would come and picnic and stroll the lovely setting eventually turned into one of the most historic sites in the state of Ohio.  Situated on 27 acres, it is now the sight of one of the states most recognized shows.

 With four days of competition and owners, trainers and exhibitors coming from 9-11 states to compete, Dayton has become known for its friendly atmosphere and where exhibitors always are the priority.  Upon arrival, water, carrots and apples are distributed for all to enjoy.

  Emphasis this year is put on the historical factor of the show with photo displays of horses/riders who over the years have shown at Dayton.  Old trophy’s and ribbons will also be on display with articles written about this show both old and newer complete with photos of the grounds from earlier days through present day.  In addition, exhibitors from years gone by to present day will have an opportunity to meet one another and share Dayton Horse Show experiences at what is called The Reunion, it will be held prior to and including the exhibitors party.

  The show offers classes for American Saddlebreds, Harness/Hackney/Road Ponies, Friesians and Dutch Harness horses with a full schedule of Academy classes.  Another highlight is the Equine Wine & Stein Event, better known as #tastetesthursday, a popular wine & craft beer tasting with complimentary etched wine glasses, a delightful selection of quality wines and locally made craft beer.  This will give those attending an opportunity to watch the show in a comfortable setting under tent with dinner prepared by one of the areas more popular restaurants El Meson, where both horse and non horse guests will have an opportunity to get acquainted.

  A very popular raffle is the Muck Bucket Raffle, a Muck Bucket overflowing with quality wines and liquors.  This will be the third year for both of these popular additions to the show.  As per usual, the ever favorable hospitality tent will be made available for trainers, owners, exhibitors and caretakers to enjoy some tasty food and snacks.  In addition the well attended Trainer’s Brunch will be yet another highlight of the show.

  From years gone by and bringing back some of the earlier days of the show a Tack Room Judging will take place.  The judging will not be announced as to the time and date, requirements for judging will be listed in the Premium list.  And what show would be complete without the Best In Show winner.  An anonymous judge will select a winner from the qualifying classes so that the winner can be announced during Saturday nights Grand Championships.

 Food trucks, and traditional fair food will be available with vendors from horse supplies, to clothing/boots, Dayton Horse Show T’s, Hoodies and Hats and a Silent Auction for both horse and non horse guests to bid on.  On Saturday, Grand Championship night, James Advantage Fund has their catered dinner for 250-300 clients and their families which also gives their guests an opportunity to watch the show and cheer on their favorites.

 One of the most noted Equine Photographers, Doug Shiflet will handle the ring photography duties as Shiflet has been a fixture at Dayton for many, many years.  Whether you have shown at Dayton for years, haven’t been there for a while or never before, The Dayton Horse Show is where competition, fun, friendships and good times are had by all who enter the gates.

  For information, please visit