The Buckeye Western Horse Association (BWHA) is a not for profit organization incorporated on July 22, 1942 in Hancock County, Findlay, Ohio

“For the purpose of conducting activities designed to promote, stimulate and further interest in Western-bred horses; and in general to do all things incident, necessary or proper thereto.”

The horse industry has changed over the years yet BWHA continues its existence today with our primary endeavors being the sponsoring of AQHA horse shows and supporting local youth and charities.

For many years prior to 2013 we presented an annual AQHA show at the Hancock County Fairgrounds and the University of Findlay. Nearly all profits were put back into the facilities or donated to various charities including establishing a scholarship at The University of Findlay for Hancock County youth entering the equestrian or veterinary fields. BWHA has also put on a Special Open Horse Show since its beginning at the Hancock County Fair in Findlay Ohio.

Motto of the Buckeye Western Horse Association

All of this was accomplished as a result of the faithfulness of our exhibitors coming back each year. We believe that this was all possible since our motto has and continues to be,..

To treat all our guests equally and as we would like to be treated.”

In the last 20 years BWHA has spent over $650,000 on the following:


At The Hancock County Fairgrounds:

  • New 40 stall horse barn
  • New open multi-use covered building
  • 72 new portable stalls for 4-H horses
  • Residing of Pony Horse barn
  • Rebuilt horse arena with new lighting
  • Various equipment and supplies
  • Yearly maintenance of horse arena
  • Paying for judges at 4-H shows

At The University of Findlay Equestrian Complex:

  • New announcers stand for show arena
  • Upgrades of electrical for camping areas

Come to our monthly meetings to learn more about our joint efforts!

In July of 2012 the Ohio Amateur Quarter Horse Association and BWHA met and agreed to combine forces to establish The Buckeye Classic Horse Show at Eden Park Equestrian Center. The goal was to create a new premier Quarter Horse show in Ohio with the emphasis on the exhibitor and having fun while showing. The BWHA team is excited about this opportunity and the success it has had.

While our membership is primarily from Hancock County we welcome others to join and help continue our success. Simply give one of the officers below a call.

BWHA’s monthly meetings are held at 6:30 PM on the second Sunday of the month at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. A couple of times per year we have a joint meeting with The Ohio Amateur team. Several members also attend the monthly Amateur meetings.


Tom Harmon, President
(567) 525-1823

Pat Ball, Vice President
(419) 721-8677


Melinda Mueller, Secretary
(419) 348-0308

Bill Higginbotham, Treasurer
(419) 348-5030