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Popular LC Fair outrider horse dies


FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Phar Lap, a longtime Logan County Fair harness racing outrider horse, is shown on the Watkins farm near Rushsylvania. The popular horse was euthanized on Jan. 7 after an illness at age 24. ABOVE: Annie Watkins and her pony Phar Lap pose for photos at one of the many Logan County Fairs where the duo was well-known as the outrider at the harness racing events. (PHOTOS | SUBMITTED)

A horse named Phar Lap once changed the sport of horse racing worldwide.

But locally, a steed of the same name helped shape the Logan County Fair’s harness racing scene for most of the past two decades.

And unfortunately, the popular and well-recognized outrider horse had to be euthanized Jan. 7 because of an illness, his owner Annie Watkins of Rushsylvania said. He was 24 years old, which is “old, but not exceptionally old” for a horse.

The horse was named after the Australian racing horse Phar Lap who made a splash on the international racing scene during the Great Depression era.

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