LANGSVILLE — On Saturday, approximately 60 members of the Meigs Chapter of the Ohio Horseman Association gathered at the AEP /Gavin Equine Trails in Langsville to dedicate a permanent memorial for fallen riders.
According to Meigs Chapter President Paul McDaniel, riders wanted a remembrance for those who had passed, and came up with the idea of a monument at the entrance.
“Today, the memorial became a reality,” McDaniel said.
Kenny and Ed Turley were credited with the design, and along with McDaniel, Larry Turley and Dave Grigsby built and installed the memorial. The center stone featuring a horse was donated by Forest Run Block Company and painted by Vicki Hill.
As rain fell, the ceremony began with TAPS, and two riders with U.S. flags approached the monument as Bagpipes played. Larry Cove had prayer and spoke to the crowd. Teresa Grigsby announced the first members to be honored: Bob and Fern Daniels and Lorele Savage.
“Everything went well in spite of the steady rain,” McDaniels said. “It was a group effort to get the monument built, and I’m proud of what this club has done, not only with the monument, but with the development of the trails and structures on the grounds.”
The Equine area of the 6,885 acres was undeveloped when AEP/Gavin designated the land for hunting andfishing. When approached by the Meigs Chapter OHA to use some of the land for an equine area, they agreed. Through the efforts of club members who have volunteered their time and resources, the area now includes 19 miles of riding trails, an arena, picnic shelter and camp sites for use by club members.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.