Helen McKell Sproat passed away August 10, 2018 at the age of 85. She grew up in Chillicothe, Ohio and married Ben Sproat in 1955, who preceded her in death. They raised four children: Anne, Sam (JoAnn), Tom, and Scott (Jackie). She was blessed with four granddaughters: Hannah Sproat, Rose Sproat, Wrenata Sproat, and Caroline Sproat.
Helen always enjoyed horses and horse showing. She was a member of the Miami Valley Hunt Club and was a registered judge with the American Horse Shows Association (now US Equestrian) and the United States Eventing Association. She thoroughly enjoyed her 40 years directing the mounted stewards of the Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4* at the Kentucky Horse Park.
For 40 years, she operated Hidden Hill Gallery in Springboro. She enjoyed working with the Springboro Area Historical Society, especially leading guests on historical tours. She was a founding member of the Springboro Merchants Association, the Springboro Christmas Festival, and the Family Tree Dulcimer Band.
She served as a member of the Horizon Telcom Board of Directors.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m. with a celebration of life from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, located at 1357 E. Second Street, Franklin, Ohio.
Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Butler and Warren Counties and the Springboro Area Historical Society.
My name is Tayah Fuller and I’m 14 years old. “On course” to me is a phrase that makes my heart pump fast and my excitement go wild. There is no better feeling than galloping through a field or flying over cross-country jumps with my heart thrumming along, especially when it is with my best friend. You see, I was born with a congenital heart murmur. While it has never really affected my athletic abilities, the one time that I notice it is when I am riding through a cross-country course with my horse.
Please always remain vigilant when it comes to sending any personal communications via email or text. Every year we receive reports of members and leaders of our sport receiving phishing attempts both online and by phone. These are often communications disguised as being sent from USEA staff or other leaders. As the years go on, the phishing attempts appear to be more directed and tailored.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).