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.
For those that compete in a Hylofit USEA Classic Series Three-Day Event, what truly sets the competition apart from a regular horse trials is endurance day, where, in addition to cross-country, riders have the chance to experience the two roads and tracks phases and the steeplechase phase.
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The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event (FHI) will host the U.S. Equestrian CCI4*-L and CCI3*-L Fall Eventing Championships along with the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships presented by Dubarry, October 17-20 at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area. The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International will award $50,000 in prize money.