HARRODSBURG¿— Dan Grigson has been coming to the Mercer County Fair &¿Horse Show for years, but he could never get the seat he wanted.
That changed this week when Grigson finally found his way his way into the announcer’s stand.
The Stanford resident, who has been a horse show announcer for 30 years, served as a pinch-hitter of sorts for the past two nights and said he would love to have the opportunity to work the show on a more permanent basis someday.
“That would tickle me to death. I’ve wanted to do this show for years,” Grigson said during a break in Thursday night’s program.
He would have preferred to do so under other circumstances, however. Longtime show announcer David Collier was forced to cancel due to an illness, forcing show officials to look for a replacement on short notice.
“This is not the way I wanted to be here,” Grigson said.
Still, Grigson manned the microphone for two nights, and he is one of three men who will serve as announcers this week. Show manager Brad Noel was forced to do the job himself on Tuesday, and Guy Shelburne of Taylorsville will announce the Friday and Saturday night programs because Grigson was already committed to a mountain and walking horse show in Winchester.
Grigson said he was enjoying himself as he worked alongside Allison Ramsey and David Best, who anchor the radio broadcast of the show on WHBN-AM from the same booth.
“I’ve got two nights in, and I’ve had fun. Allison, she keeps me all straightened out and makes me do things right, and we have a good time,”¿he said with a laugh.
Grigson works by day as the Lincoln County agriculture extension agent, and he fills many of his weekends by announcing at horse shows of seemingly every variety. His easygoing announcing style has been heard in show rings across Kentucky, including at the Lincoln and Boyle county fair shows.
His only previous experience at the Mercer show, however, had been as a spectator.
“I do 25 to 30 shows a year, and I¿don’t have many weekends open, so I usually run over here on Wednesday or Thursday night to watch the show, and then go on and do a show someplace else (on the weekend),” he said.
Grigson said he would love to be able to add this show to his schedule in the future.
“This would be a dream if I could some time work into this spot here and announce at the oldest county fair (and horse show),” he said. “I do the second-oldest, too, which is the Germantown Fair up close to Maysville, and that’s next weekend.”
But he said the history and tradition of the Mercer show holds a special appeal for him.
“It’s just the tradition of the Mercer County fair,”¿Grigson said.
Mercer County Fair &¿Horse Show
At Mercer County Fairgrounds
(Horses listed with owner and exhibitor, if different)
ASB¿yearling — 1. Mountjoy’s The Bee’s Knees, Joe T. Smith, Herbert Medely; 2. Chambers Wild Commander CC, Chambers Circle C¿Ranch, Todd Walker; 3. Mountjoy’s Savana Santana, Michelle Hale.
NHSA¿good hands equitation — 1. CH¿Can You Hear Me Now, Michelle Werry, Jessica Wuesthofen; 2. Cody, Delovely Farm, Macey Joan Miles; 3. Frogger, Delovely Farm, Taylor Walters.
Three-gaited pleasure pony — 1. Cocktails And Dreams, Harl &¿Marion Foreman, Foster Roberts.
Three-gaited open park — 1. Imperiaptor, Laurel Nelson, Mitch Clark; 2. Locust Grove’s Tsunami, Carol McIver/Four Boys Farm, Suzanne Crabtree; 3. Evening, Larry Nunley, Jennifer McGowan.
Open harness pony — 1. Major Impact, Karen Frickey, Randy Harper; 2. Mastercraft’s Promoter LF, Golden Creek Farm, Tom Lowry.
12 &¿under walk-trot pleasure — 1. The Agateer, Stacey Himmelstein White, Rhiannon White; 2. Loaded Weapon, Holly Reed, Kelsey Martin.
Three-gaited natural pleasure — 1. The King’s Champagne, Sheri Frankel.
Two-year-old fine harness — 1. Gotta Have Her, Gaynor Shane, Ed Millet.
Junior three-gaited — 1. Roselane’s Kiss Me All Over, Roselane Farm, Brian Chappell; 2. Monnington Sir Charles, Louise &¿Paul DeBlois, Lionel Ferreira; 3. Watercolor Memories, George Nash &¿Travis Herlocker, Ben Nash.
Ladies roaster to bike — 1. Scruff, Melinda Moore.
Junior exhibitor three-gaited park — 1. Best Of News, Ray Yoder, Angela Magine; 2. You’ve Got Mail, Patrice Watson &¿Joe O’Brien, Trey Watson; 3. He’s A¿Royal Pepper, James Williams, Alexandra Lawson.
Amateur fine harness — 1. Headhunter, Martin Gueldner.
Pleasure equitation, 17 &¿under¿— 1. Feng Shui, Rainbow Princess Farms LLC, Caroline Rainbolt-Forbes.
Roadster pony, limit — 1. Regal’s Wildcard, Golden Creek Farm, Tom Lowry; 2. Heartland Fire And Rain, Bill &¿Lisa Waller, Melinda Moore; 3. Regal’s Amigo, Whistle Stop Farm, Doug Bowen.
Masters three-gaited show pleasure — 1. Storm Heir, 925 Park Lane LLC, Mary Jane Fredricks; 2. Supreme Spotlight, Lisa Schlesinger.
Roadster pony to wagon — 1. Touche, Cedar Brook Stables, Mike Cox; 2. Razz Ma Tazz, Lanny Judd.
Junior fine harness — 1. Until Next Time, Newtown Animal Clinic, Sandy Currier; 2. Solideo, Barry &¿Carolyn Morris, A.J. Bruwer; 3. The Rhumba, Donna Farmer, Steve Crabtree.
Five-gaited pony championship — 1. I¿See Daylight, Barbara Von Borries, Mitchell Tunstall; 2. SilvashayRainbow Princess Farms LLC, Eleanor Rainbolt-Forbes; 3. Legend’s Leading Lady, Dan &¿Diana Martin, Abigail Mutrux.
Roadster to bike, limit — 1. Unbridled Star, Pat Croper, Steve Crabtree.
Junior exhibitor five-gaited — 1. CH¿Platinum’s New Look, Steven E. Chancellor, Hunter Chancellor; 2. Lotta Bucks, Southridge Saddlebreds, Kerry Jeffries; 3. I’m A¿Flirt Too, Emily Stumbo.