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The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association banquet on Saturday, January 18 at the Marriott University Area Hotel in Columbus. The Ohio Chapter will honor Chris Page as the recipient of the Winner's Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past year; Pierce Henry as the Peter Haughton Memorial Award winner as the young Ohioan who is an "up-and-coming" star among harness horsemen; Ed Mullinax into the Immortal Hall of Fame; Golly Too into the Standardbred Hall of Fame; and Scott Mogan as the winner of the Rambling Willie Award for the Ohioan who has done the most for harness racing over the past two decades. Page recorded 435 seasonal wins and $5.9 million in seasonal earnings. He captured the Ohio Sire Stake's Kaltenbach title for the fourth time in six years, piloting 23 winners and earners of $1 million in OSS earnings. He was the regular pilot behind divisional champions, Elver Hanover and Looksgoodinaromper. Henry is a 23-year-old resident of Lipsec, Ohio. He enjoyed a tremendous early career success with 238 driving wins and earnings approaching $1 million in purse money. Mullinax was one of the largest Ford car dealers in the United States. In 1993, he started buying harness horses. His P Forty Seven won the Little Brown Jug in 2005 and he campaigned Dragon Again, who left his mark on the track and in the breeding shed. He also raced horses under the Up Front Racing banner as a tribute to his dealerships 'up front' pricing. He passed away in August 2018 at the age of 85. Golly Too was a four-time Ohio Sire Stakes Champion. The Final Score gelding went undefeated in his two-year-old season. As a sophomore, he captured the American-National at Sportsman's Park and was third in the Breeders Crown Final. He finished his four year career with $694 thousand in earnings thanks to 29 wins in 49 career starts. Trainer Scott Mogan was born and raised in Circleville, OH. He began working in the business in 1974 at the age of 15 and opened his public stable in 1983. He conditioned two Ohio Horses of the Year - KF Pro Sam and J J Hall. He trained the winners of six Ohio Sire Stakes Champions. Mogan has been a director of the OHHA for the past six years. by Jay Wolf, for Ohio Chapter of USHWA

Jerry Knappenberger, the General Manager of the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association, has been elected as the newest member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Kanppenberger, a native of Newark, Ohio, began his 50 year harness racing career as an assistant trainer for his high school classmate, Terry Holton. After a 25 year stint with the Holton Stable, Knappenberger was hired as the Assistant General Manager of the OHHA. Knappenberger took over the top spot with the OHHA upon John Stanley's retirement in 1998. Knappenberger, 72, worked tirelessly for the introduction of Video Lottery Terminals (VTLs) in the state of Ohio. The VTLs have allowed the standardbred industry in Ohio to return to its place of prominence with increased purses at the four commercial tracks and the 65 county fairs. Knappenberger will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association banquet in Columbus on Saturday, January 24. Tickets to the OHHA banquet are $45 per person and can be purchased by calling (800) 353-6442. by Jay Wolf, for the Ohio Chapter USHWA  

The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association banquet on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest (Dublin). The Ohio Chapter has voted Brian Brown as the recipient of the Winner's Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past year; named Hunter Myers as the Peter Haughton Memorial Award as the young Ohioan who is an "up-and-coming" star among harness horsemen; elected George Alber into the Immortal Hall of Fame; selected Buck I St Pat into the Standardbred Hall of Fame; and will honor Dr. Robert Schwartz as the winner of the Rambling Willie Award for the Ohioan who has done the most for harness racing over the past two decades. Brown, 50, secured a career best 106 training wins and $2.1 in earnings in 2014. The native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio conditioned Jugette champion Color's A Virgin ($532,622 in 2014), Lost For Words ($200,286), Candy's A Virgin ($181,371) and Friskie Lil Devil ($177,266). Hunter Myers is the 16-year-old resident of Williamsport, Ohio. Myers had 17 wins in 105 seasonal starts to garner an impressive .342 drivers rating. Myers earned his first career win on July 11, 2014 at the Wellston Fair with Uptown Dreamer Alber, a native of Marion, Ohio, was a highly respected businessmen and longtime owner/breeder. His top horses included the trotting mare Sara Rodney and Sara Flo. Alber owned the Marion Plant Life Fertilizer Company and upon his death donated more than $32 million to Marion area charities and organizations including the Matinee Club Barn at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Three-time USTA Trotting Mare of the Year Buck I St Pat was one of the greatest Ohio bred trotters ever to compete. The daughter of Jailhouse Jesse was campaigned by Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold, Abraham Basen and Ron Fuller during her seven year career. Buck I St. Pat won 51 of 106 lifetime starts, including two Breeders Crown finals, the Armbro Flight, the Classic Series final, the Conway Hall, the American National and two Maxie Lee Memorial titles. She earned $2.32 million in purses and is credited with a lifetime mark of 1:51. Dr. Robert Schwartz has been a veterinarian for the state's largest nursery, Midland Acres, for 43 years. Schwartz has been the farm's vet since his graduation from Ohio State University in 1971. Schwartz is also a member of the Fayette County Fair Board and leads their racing program. For banquet or ticket information, please visit www.OHHA.com or call (800) 353-6442. by Jay Wolf for the Ohio USHWA Chapter   

January 25, 2014 -- The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association banquet on Sunday, January 26, 2013 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest (Dublin). The Ohio Chapter has voted Brian Brown as the recipient of the Winner’s Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past year; named Joseph Essig as the Peter Haughton Memorial Award as the young Ohioan who is an “up-and-coming” star among harness horsemen; elected Eddie Wheeler into the Immortal Hall of Fame; selected Missouri Time into the Standardbred Hall of Fame; and will honor David Carr as the winner of the Rambling Willie Award for the Ohioan who has done the most for harness racing over the past two decades. 2013 was Brian Brown’s best year in terms of earnings ($1.5 million) and training wins (65), establishing a UTRS of .385. The native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio conditioned Limelight Beach (p,2,1:49.4 - $210,192), winner of the Bluegrass and International Stallion Stakes, Color’s A Virgin (p,2,1:53.2s - $2111,700) and Beach Memories (p,3,1:48.3f - $429,739). Joseph Essig is the 21 year-old son of the 1986 Peter Haughton Memorial Award winner, Joe Essig, Jr. The younger Essig recorded 18 wins in 2013 and earned $97,106 in purse earnings, racing mainly at Hoosier Park and Lebanon Raceway. He is expected to be one of the top reinsmen at the new Miami Valley Raceway. Wheeler, a native of Troy, Ohio, was a highly respected by his peers as a horseman and driver. He trained and drove the great trotter Duke Rodney, winner of the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity, two of the Triple Crown legs in 1961. He later served as a second trainer for prominent horsemen such as Stanley Dancer, Tom Haughton and others. Missouri Time was one of the toughest distaffers ever to compete in the state of Ohio. The daughter of Race Time was bred by Billy Colson and campaigned by Dominic Staffery during her seven year career. She finished on the board in 90 of her 138 career starts and competed against the best mares in the country, including Silk Stockings, Handle With Care and Tarport Hap. She retired from racing in 1979 with $328,423 in earnings and a lifetime mark of 1:56.3f. Carr is a 30 plus year employee of the United States Trotting Association is the manager of the Information & Research Department for the USTA. Carr is an unsung hero to the publicists, writers and sales’ companies and was awarded the LeeAnne Pooler Memorial Award by the national U.S.H.W.A. in 2008. by Jay Wolf for Ohio Chapter USHWA

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