By Jody Miller
BATH TWP.: The traditions of the Bath Horse Show can be traced back 69 years to a small but determined group of young equestrians who banded together and put on that first show. Since its inception, the horse show has attracted riders and horse lovers from near and far, offering competition in Western and English riding.
Equally as significant as the historical traditions of the Bath Horse Show, set for July 6, is the spirit of camaraderie among those involved with the show – from the full and part time firefighters and the fire department’s women’s auxiliary to the members of the Bath Volunteers for Service and the numerous volunteers – everyone pitching in to help in any way needed.
The entire Bath community benefits from this annual two-day tradition because the Bath Fire Department is the main beneficiary of the Horse Show proceeds.
“The Horse Show is the only major fundraiser for the Bath Fire Department,” explained Amy Bowers, co-chair of the BVS Horse Show Committee, which coordinates ticket sales and donations, staff the front admittance gate and organize and help to judge the annual poster contest.
In recent years, those proceeds have ranged between $30,000 and $40,000.
And how does the money benefit the community?
“The bulk of the funds is used towards the purchase of fire and rescue equipment and gear for the firefighters.”
All of which helps those firefighters better serve the community when they are called upon to do their job.