Fair begins with Blessing of the Horses

LIMA — Winston Churchill once said, “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” Equestrians of various ages brought their steeds to the Allen County Fair to be blessed on Saturday morning.

The county’s 4-H horse clubs continued their tradition with the Blessing of the Horses as their initial activity of the fair. Through the years, various members of the Lima clergy have been given the responsibility of blessing the horses. This year the honor was bestowed on Jessica McCullough of the Shawnee Alliance Church.

Horses were rode or walked into the arena in the Schmidhorst Pavillion on the south end of the fairgrounds. When the horses were in the arena, McCullough shared the story from the Bible of the feeding of the five thousand in John 6: 1-14, in which Jesus and his disciples feed a huge crowd of people with a boy’s five loaves of bread and two fishes.

McCullough added this interpretation of the well-known story. It took courage for the young boy with the five fishes to step forward offering all that he had. McCullough explained, “Jesus wants you to be willing. It takes a lot of courage. We got to be willing to step up. He can use you and whatever you have to bring to help someone else.”

Horses then exited the arena one at a time. Each horse and each rider received a blessing from McCullough.

McCullough shared, “This is the first time that I have ever been able to do this. Actually, it is the first time I have ever heard of the Blessing of the Horses. But I thought it a phenomenal opportunity and a great show here at the fair. I think it should be in every barn.”

Reach Dean Brown at 567-242-0409

Dean Brown joined The Lima News in 2022 as a reporter. Prior to The Lima News, Brown was an English teacher in Allen County for 38 years, with stops at Perry, Shawnee, Spencerville and Heir Force Community School. So they figured he could throw a few sentences together about education and business in the area. An award-winning photographer, Brown likes watching old black and white movies, his dog, his wife and kids, and the four grandkids - not necessarily in that order. Reach him at [email protected] or 567-242-0409.