Harold E. Barnes, 79, of Shelbyville, Ind., longtime Indiana harness racing icon, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019. He was born February 26, 1940 in Maxwell, Ind. to Edward “Eddie” and Luella (Martin) Barnes.
Harold, a third-generation horsemen, spent a lifetime in harness racing, participating as an owner, trainer, driver and breeder. He was successful horsemen who competed throughout North America, from California to Canada to the East Coast, spent the later part of his career racing in the mid-west, primarily in his home state of Indiana. His accomplishments include winning races such as the Kentucky Sires Stakes, Indiana Sires Stakes, the Fox Stake and driving horses such as Mr. Spunky, Sales Force and most notably Abercrombie. He earned leading driver and trainer titles at Louisville Downs and a training title at Hoosier Park.
Harold previously served on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Harness Horsemen’s Association and the Indiana Trotting & Pacing Association (ITPHA). In 2016, he was inducted into the Indiana Horse Racing Association Hall of Fame and was recently named as a 2019 inductee in the Indiana Standardbred Hall of Fame. Harold was a member of the Indiana Standardbred Association, United States Trotting Association and Westport Masonic Lodge.
In addition to being known as a remarkable horseman, Harold will also be remembered by the love and pride he had for his family. He was married to the love of his life, his wife of 59 years Kay Barnes, who survives. Together they had four children, Robert Barnes, DVM, of New Palestine, Beverly Korobkin (Michael) of Indianapolis, Brenda Barnes (Brian Rietel) of Mooresville, and Brian Barnes (Jessica) of Shelbyville; and grandchildren, Mellissa, Lauren, Colin, Mallory, Haylee and Dylan. He is also survived by his sisters Janet Bozzelli (Bill Gutzwiller) and Marlene Fritz.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, 2711 Friar Tuck Road, Anderson, IN 46013. For more information, please call (317) 908-0029 or visit www.hhyf.org.