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Horse park to host dressage, jumping events

FRANKLIN FURNACE — The Ohio Horse Park of Ohio University Southern is hosting its annual dressage and jumping shows, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

“Both dressage and jumping are Olympic sports,” Kelly Hall, director of the equine studies program, said. “It is just on a much lower level here.”

Dressage is a competition that is a test of training of the horse.

“Riders ride in the dressage test based on whatever level they feel comfortable at,” she said. “There are all different levels from beginner all the way up to Olympic.”

The jumping event will feature horses and their riders completing obstacles.

The nearly 200-acre horse park was founded in 1995 and features two classrooms, a main barn as well as a therapy barn, an indoor arena for college classes, a small indoor arena for therapeutic riding, an outdoor arena and two labs.

As an academic division of Ohio University Southern, the park is a center of learning and opportunity for Ohio University students as well as the general public.

“The shows will feature riders from young children all the way up to older adults,” Hall said. “Although the riders needed to sign up in advance, everyone is invited to come show their support at no cost.”