Blanket contributed by Charlo Maurer to Blanket Stories: Transportation Object, Generous Ones, Trek

Blanket contributed by Charlo Maurer

Charlo Maurer
Watertown, WA
Animal stories, In memoriam, Mothers

My mother Charlotte Maurer, got into the harness racing business in Yellow Springs, Ohio, when I was in high school and college. It was a money-losing business, but she loved it.

This blanket was awarded after one of their rare wins to a colt named Doug’s Special at a race at the Champaign County Fair in 1983. We were so proud of our colt and knew that our tiresome grooming and training had paid off, at least a few hundred dollars of winnings, plus this blanket.

My mother passed away in 2013, and she left me this blanket, a reminder of her racing days, when she put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into caring for her horses. On this particular day, she felt proud and hopeful that there would be many more blankets to come.