Day At The Track

Brook Sugg receives OHHA scholarship

01:15 AM 14 Sep 2019 NZST
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Brook Sugg, harness racing
Brook Sugg
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The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association offered $12,500 in scholarships divided among five individuals this year

Brook Sugg of Deshler, Ohio was a recipient of a $2,500 scholarship. She is the daughter of John Duke and Lisa Sugg. She is a 2019 graduate of Patrick Henry High School and is enrolled at Bowling Green State University where she is majoring in Graphic Design. While in high school she ran track and cross country.

Sugg is also a fourth-generation horseman. Her great grandfather, Ralph Sugg, was active in the industry for twenty-six years. When he passed in 1960, her grandfather, Ivan Sugg, took over his business.

"My grandfather has accomplished many great things in the harness racing business including developing one of the greatest mares of all time Glad Rags and training a Triple Crown Winner No Pan Intended," Sugg shared. Her father Duke now takes care of the horses and farm since Ivan's retirement. Her uncle, Kurt Sugg is also an active horseman.

Sugg is also involved in harness racing. During the summers she helps her father jog and train the horses. She also grooms for him. They travel to many fairs and pari-mutuel tracks. She was also a co-owner of Shoe Shopper, that they raced two years ago. "My father has taught me many rewarding things related to the horses and I have become a more responsible and hardworking person from it, shared Sugg. "I will be forever grateful for our family business."

She plans to continue helping her father race their horses. She would like to become more involved in the industry and someday she would like to drive. She shares the best part about working with the horses is being able to work with her father. "I love going to the fairs and racetracks with him. It makes up both happy."

By Regina Mayhugh, for the OHHA

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