Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Ky. State Fair 'out of the ordinary'

Competitions, fun get under way Thursday

By Gina Holt
Enquirer contributor

        UNION - Northern Kentuckians will be loading up trailers with horses, hogs and other livestock this week as they head to the Kentucky State Fair.

        John and Nancy Jones, owners of Rosemont Manor Farm, a stable in Union, are taking six horses to Louisville for the fair, which runs Thursday through Aug. 25.

  • What: Kentucky State Fair at the Kentucky Fair and Exhibition Center, 937 Phillips Lane Kentucky Fair, Louisville.
  • When: 7 a.m. to midnight, Aug. 15 - Aug. 25, exhibit buildings 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Cost: Gate admission $7 per adult $3 children under 13 and seniors 55 and over, $3 for parking
  Advance admission can be purchased at Kroger stores by the end of the day on Aug. 14 for $5 per adult and $2 for child and senior. Ride tickets are 75 cents each or in advance 30 ride tickets for $14 at Kroger. Fair admission includes admission to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom and Cumberland Valley Shows Midway.
  • Information: www.kystatefair.org or (502) 367-5002 for fair information, 1 (888) 568-4784 for hotel information.
        Callaway's Copyright - an American saddlebred, four-time world champion and one-time world grand champion - will compete. He'll be defending his title in the Fine Harness Horse division. Callaway's Copyright is owned by Fox Grape Farm in Roanoke, Va., but is trained in Union.

        “John will drive Copyright. He pulls a buggy,” Mrs. Jones said.

        “We've had over 60 or 70 world's champions in my career in all divisions,” Mr. Jones said. “I've had numerous reserve world's champions (second place).”

        Several horses from Rosemont Manor were shown at the Boone County 4-H and Utopia Fair last week.

        “We won a couple classes there,” said Mr. Jones, 57. “Some of the horses that won there will compete at the World's Championship Horse Show.”

        “I'll compete with a mare that won a class at Boone County named High Point's Fandango,” Mrs. Jones said. “She'll be in the Ladies Five-Gaited Class.”

        The Jones family has owned the training stable 10 years. More than 100 horses are managed there, while 40 are trained each day.

        “I've trained saddlebreds all my life,” Mr. Jones said. “I grew up close to a farm that did this in Pennsylvania. I moved to Kentucky in 1973. I've had my own public training stables most of my life.”

        Mrs. Jones isn't a stranger to horse training either.

        “My family had shown horses since the 1920s,” she said. “I always grew up around a horse in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.”

        She added, “We do it for the enjoyment of the horses and the sporting aspect of it.”

        The theme of this year's Kentucky State Fair is “Out of the Ordinary,” promoted with a poster showing two pigs in a roller coaster. Fair admission includes Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom rides. Performers at the fair include Merle Haggard, Beatlemania Live, Engelbert Humperdinck and John Michael Montgomery.

        The fair will have squealing representation from Northern Kentucky. There will be a pig race, in which hungry piglets chase after a cookie.

        Twins Travis and Craig Rouse, 14, of Union will take to the fair a Duroc, a hamshock and a crossbreed hog that they raised. The hogs will be judged on appearance, muscle and length.

        “It's fun,” Craig said.

        “It's a learning experience,” Travis added.

        The two Gray Middle School eighth-graders said most of the animals on their farm, including the show hogs, are slaughtered 1/2ndash 3/4 but that's part of life on a farm.

        “Some are slaughtered,” Travis said. “Some are used for breeding. You just get used to it.”

        A mother-daughter team is also headed to the fair. Kathie and Cyd Simmons of Burlington will both show horses next week.

        Cyd's five-gaited saddlebred pony, Sammyshine, has twice been both world champion and world grand champion.

        “Cyd won the World Grand Championship when she was 10,” said Jeff Simmons, the girl's father. Cyd is now 13.

        “It was amazing. She was screaming and crying and crying some more.

        “There's a good chance she'll win again, but we don't like to say it aloud. In our horse world, it doesn't get any better than that. It's like winning the Super Bowl.”


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