Discover the magical beauty of the horse during HorseFest 2012

Lake Metroparks Farmpark

May 19 & 20 • 9 am to 5 pm

KIRTLAND – The magical beauty of the horse is yours to discover during HorseFest at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland.  Meet more than 20 breeds of horses of all shapes and sizes at HorseFest including Clydesdales, Belgians, Friesians, Miniatures, and the gentle giant Percheron draft horses.  Throughout the event, get up close and personal and meet these breeds and many more at Showman’s Circle.  Saddle up for family fun during HorseFest – presented by Schneider’s – at Farmpark May 19 and 20.  Hours are 9 am to 5 pm.

FEATURED PRESENTER

Hear and feel the thunder of 24 hooves as six mighty Percheron draft horses enter the arena driven by Sam Rettinger.

For more than 30 years, Sam and his grandfather have owned and operated “Whispery Pines Percheron” in Kingsville, Ohio. They are very active in the draft horse show circuit, traveling to ten different shows per year from Pennsylvania Michigan, and the Ohio State Fair. Locally, they show in the Jefferson, Great Geauga County, and Lake County fairs.

EQUINE PRESENTATIONS, DEMONSTRATIONS, AND EXHIBITS

At HorseFest, experience the splendor and versatility of the horse, and discover how they have been used throughout history.  Get a hands-on appreciation for the horse at HorseFest. Young horse lovers can meet, groom, and drive miniature horses and learn the art of roping.  Pony rides are available for an additional fee.  All ages can experience the power of a draft horse as you take the reins and drive  through the field, with staff supervision (10 am and 4:15 pm  both days).

Jumping demonstration by Maypine Farm (Saturday Only)

Learn about various techniques of horse jumping in this exciting presentation. Maypine Farm is a locally owned, national/international hunter-jumper show and school stable.

General’s Horse Guards Cavalry Squadron

The mastery of weapons proficiency can mean the difference between life and death, victory and defeat. A skill-at-arms competition will be demonstrated by The Governor General’s Horse Guards Cavalry Squadron .  This skill is a basic requirement for all members. Skill-at-arms competitions are a way of encouraging excellence within the unit while skill-at-arms demonstrations are a way of engaging the public support.

Janet Tenney, along with her beautiful Spanish Lusitanos will present a Baroque managé.  The Lusitanos are often considered the most romantic looking animals because of their flowing mane & tail and noble confirmation. The term Baroque generally describes the descendants of athletic war horses in the Middle Ages, with muscular hindquarters an arched neck and a powerful presence.

Throughout the event, enjoy a variety of equine activities including:

•          Drive a draft (10 am & 4:15 pm both days)
•          Dave Davis —  Roman riding & trick training
•          Horse and hound competition
•          Mounted unit competition
•          Cowboy field challenge
•          Jumping demonstration (Saturday only)
•          Freestyle costume contest
•          Various breed highlights
•          4-H musical ride
•          Driving obstacles demonstration
•          Driving cavalcade
•          Live music noon to 4 pm in the Courtyard
•          Pony rides ($4) and children’s activities

During HorseFest visit vendors offering various equine-related products and services.

Admission to HorseFest is $6; $5 for ages 60 and over; $4 for ages 2 to 11; and children younger than two are free.  Members of Lake Metroparks Farmpark receive free admission.  4-H groups receive discounted admission.  For more information please call (440) 256-2122 or (800) 366-FARM (3276), or visit lakemetroparks.com.

HorseFest 2012 is presented by Schneiders.  Supporting sponsors include Tractor Supply Company, Western Reserve Farm Cooperative, Purina.com, Discount Drug Mart, and Big Creek Veterinary Hospital.

During your visit to Farmpark, milk a cow, take a horse or tractor-drawn wagon ride, make ice cream, meet farm animals in the Well Bred Shed and Barnyard, plus visit the Plant Science Center to explore The Great Tomato Works, solar and wind power, and hydroponics displays.  Visit Farmpark’s Gift Shop for a great selection of unique gift ideas.  Enjoy lunch or snack at the J & J Cafe.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland.

Directions: Take I 90 to the Rt. 306 exit; head south on Route 306 five miles to Euclid Chardon Road (Route 6); turn left on Route 6, and head east one mile.  Entrance to Farmpark is on the right.

Information submitted by:
John Venen
Promotions and Advertising Manager
Lake Metroparks
P: 440-352-2914
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