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Mount Vernon resident Mike Spearman takes a lap around the Knox County Fairgrounds with his four-year-old horse, Dash, in a recent practice run. Spearman is one of several family members who raise and race horses in central Ohio.
Mount Vernon resident Mike Spearman takes a lap around the Knox County Fairgrounds with his four-year-old horse, Dash, in a recent practice run. Spearman is one of several family members who raise and race horses in central Ohio. (Photo by Bez Saciri) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
June 28, 2013 10:54 am EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — Even though he spends a majority of his time in the hot conditions of Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors, Mike Spearman still manages to find time to partake in his favorite activity — harness racing.

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Since he was born, Spearman has been exposed to horses and the way they act and develop.

“My father got involved with horses in 1958, and I was born in 1959,” Spearman said. “I did not have my first drive until I drove at the Knox County Fair in 1981. I have been hooked to horses ever since then.”

Besides Mike and his dad Herb, Mike’s uncle Eldon, and his cousin Larry have spent a major part of their lives with horses.

“In 1983, I owned my first horse,” Spearman said. “I have always had between three to 10 horses that I have trained to race. In the ’90s, my dad, uncle and I had 30 horses at one time. Every year, I typically receive one to three new horses. I like to train and develop the two-year-old horses.”

There is a lot that goes into training horses, and Herb Spearman has plenty of experience in doing so.

 

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