Society Horse Show Fans Field, Bloomington, 1953
Fans Field, an old minor league ballpark once located on Bloomington’s south side, off Main Street and behind (or east) of the National Guard Armory, used to host an annual horse show. The June 20-21, 1953 show, featuring 286 horses in 34 classes, was sponsored by the Corn Belt Horseman’s Association.
Seen here is “High Tide,” first-place winner in the hackney singles stake. Owned by S.S. Ferguson of Heyworth, “High Tide’ was driven by Orris Gray (holding the reins). Presenting the trophy (center) is Philip Schandein. Joe Wiltermood is on the left.