Meyer youth earns national draft horse honors



For more than 30 years, Randy Meyer of Loyal and his descendants have raised and trained Belgian draft horses to be shown at fairs across the Midwest. Now in their fourth generation of working with Belgians, Ty Meyer, son of Kris Meyer and grandson to Randy, is continuing in their legacy, recently receiving awards for his work from the Belgian Draft Horse Corporation of America’s (BDHCA) Youth Merit Program.
According to Kris, the family has had a long history with Belgian draft horses, starting with his grandfather, who used to take horses to fairs to compete in pulling contests.
“Grandpa had horses and did pulling,” he said. “My dad (Randy) did too, but he decided to switch to showing instead of pulling.”
It was this switch to showing horses that eventually led to Ty’s awards. The 13-year-old was the top overall youth in the 10-14 age bracket, competing against 35 others from across the country for the overall award.

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