Columbus, OH – Bruce Ekstrom and Tuigpaarden Farm’s horses and ponies dominated the winner’s circle at the Ohio State Fair, adding more world championship titles to their already long list of accomplishments. Ekstrom, who is passionate about driving and his high stepping horses, owns Tuigpaarden Farms with locations in Ocala, Florida and Shelbyville, Kentucky.
Ekstrom and his Hackney Horse stallion, Halstead’s Viking, continued their three-year winning streak, bringing home the Hackney Harness Horse Grand Championship and the Hackney Horse Championship. “It’s hard to believe after this many years that Halstead’s Viking is still undefeated, but he is and I am thrilled with his success,” Ekstrom said.
Ekstrom drove his American Show Pony Jimmy Choo into the winner’s circle, earning the Ohio State Fair ASPR World Grand Champion Country Pleasure Driving and the ASPR Country Pleasure Championship. Tuigpaarden Farm’s Grand Marque was also in the winner’s circle, winning the Ohio State Fair ASPR Reserve World Grand Championship and the ASPR Roadster Championship.
Tuigpaarden Farm ponies Doncha won the Shetland Pony 46” and Under Roadster Pony Grand Championship and Chaz’s Bit O’ Love won the three and over Senior Champion Modern Pleasure Mare Grand Championship. Ekstrom was thrilled with the success of his horses and ponies and said he will continue to show in Ohio and Kentucky throughout the fall.
“Entries at the Ohio State Fair have been a little down in the past, but this year they had a record number of people showing and it proved to be one of the best shows I have been to in a long time,” Ekstrom said. “Not only was the show excellent, but the camaraderie of the show was amazing.”
Ekstrom said his highlight of the show was a morning breakfast in which Ekstrom and his friends did all the cooking. “The breakfast was spearheaded by members of the Hackney Horse Association and everybody at the show came. It was a great way to get everyone together and the President of the Ohio State Fair said it was the best thing he had seen in years,” Ekstrom said.
As a long-time supporter of harness ponies and horses, Ekstrom believes driving is one of the best-kept secrets in the equine world. Ekstrom believes another great secret is the Hackney Horse. “That isn’t something I want to keep a secret, though,” he said. “I want more people to know about the Hackney Horse as it is a magnificent breed.”
Ekstrom is doing his part to help the Hackney Horse line continue, as Halstead’s Viking became the proud father of three purebred foals this year. Ekstrom is also a strong supporter of the American Shetland Pony and the Hackney Pony, and not only owns and shows both breeds but supports the breeds through sponsorships at shows.
Photos: Bruce Ekstrom and his Hackney Horse, Halstead’s Viking, continued their winning streak at the Ohio State Fair when they won the Hackney Harness Horse Grand Championship. (Photo courtesy of Terry Young)
Bruce Ekstrom drove his American Show Pony Jimmy Choo into the winner’s circle, earning the Ohio State Fair ASPR World Grand Champion Country Pleasure Driving and the ASPR Country Pleasure Championship. (Photo courtesy of Terry Young)