Harold Barnes, a third generation horsemen, and resident of Shelbyville, was posthumously inducted into the Indiana Standardbred Hall of Fame on Jan. 25 in Indianapolis. Barnes devoted his life to the horse racing industry and was a true ambassador of Indiana harness racing.
Born in Maxwell, Ind., Barnes grew up in the harness racing business, thus developing a passion for it early on. He competed as a driver for the first time in 1958 at the Shelby County Fair, and he won. Barnes made horse racing his lifelong career, with success all across the United States, from California to Canada and the East Coast. Later, he became a fixture in racing in Indiana.