At the office, we’ve been encourage to vote on a “best of” list, hosted by a local magazine where our business is included in one of the categories. While I placed my votes, it got me thinking… central Ohio has some pretty great, horse-specific things that deserve recognition. Here are my personal votes:
Best Equine Hospital-The Galbreath Equine Center at the Ohio State University. Considered one of the finest equine hospitals in the world, Ohio State’s Galbreath Equine Center offers state-of-the-art, comprehensive diagnosis and care of all horse breeds and disciplines.Considered one of the finest equine hospitals in the world, Ohio State’s Galbreath Equine Center offers state-of-the-art, comprehensive diagnosis and care of all horse breeds and disciplines.
Best Fairy Tale Moment-All Occasions Carriage & Pony rides, owned and operated by Patti Smith. She has a variety of horse-drawn vehicles to suit every need, but by far the most popular, is her “Cinderella” carriage.
Best All-Around Horsey Shopping & Shows-The Equine Affaire, held at the Ohio Expo Center every April. This event caters to all levels, breeds, and disciplines with clinics, demonstrations, and a huge trade show to stock up on all your favorite supplies. The can’t-miss attraction every year is “Fantasia” which is a horse and handler performance, set to music. Words can’t describe, it’s incredible!
Best Family-Owned Tack Shop-Keith Saddle Shop in Pataskala. The Keith family has passed the store on through it’s generations, but it’s always the best place to find all the latest and greatest. They’re open seven days a week, and their staff is the best around (I may be just slightly biased, after having worked there myself!).
Best Single Breed Showcase and Sale-The All American Quarter Horse Congress, hands down, is the best ever. Even if you’re not a Quarter Horse person, there’s plenty to love. Shopping, dining, classes to watch, horses to be bought at the Super Sale, and nightlife, all in one place! The Ohio Expo Center is home to this show every October.
Best Youth Showcase-The All American Youth Horse Show. Open to all breeds and disciplines, for anyone 18 and under, held ever May at the Ohio Expo Center. As a youth, this was my favorite time of year, and even after to go back and watch my friends. This show gets better every year!
Best Night Out (that doesn’t have to involve getting your boots dirty!)-The Scioto Downs Racino. Featuring live harness racing May-September, dining options, entertainment, and a casino, you won’t be bored here!
Best Therapeutic Riding Facility-The Shane Center in Centerburg. For over 25 years, this facility has given confidence and strength back to children and young adults with disabilities, and they’re now adding programs catering to our veterans. Horses can heal, and this is the place to see it in action!
For the 614 Columbus “Columbest List” you can submit a write-in vote for me, under People & Community for Best Local Blogger (pretty please and thank you so much!) at http://columbest.614columbus.com/start.
Did I miss anything? Feel free to share your personal “bests” by commenting!