May 17 & 18 • 9 am to 5 pm
KIRTLAND –The majestic beauty, splendor and grace of the horse are all part of the “mane” event at HorseFest. You’ll have many opportunities to meet – up close – more than 20 breeds of horses from the very small miniatures to the very tall draft horses, including Farmpark’s very own Percheron and Belgians. Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities, presentations, training techniques, and demonstrations for all ages. Saddle up for family fun during HorseFest at Farmpark May 17 and 18. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm.
The Wells Fargo Stagecoach at HorseFest!
From 1852 to 1918, Wells Fargo rushed customers’ important business by any means – steamship, railroad, and, where the railroads ended, by stagecoach. In the great enterprise of building reliable transcontinental transportation, Wells Fargo came to own and operate the largest stagecoach empire in the world. Since then, Wells Fargo has been forever linked with the six-horse Concord Coach charging across the vast plains and high mountains of the West. Visitors can see and take a ride in the world-famous stagecoach pulled by a team of four horses at HorseFest!
Ohio Top Hands Rodeo Drill Team
The premier all-girls mounted drill team of the State of Ohio, The Ohio Top Hands Rodeo Drill Team is back for a second year! They are professional champions of the American West, keeping alive the romance and tradition of the free spirit and beauty of the world of horses. Since 1999 twenty-three Top Hands horses have been made into collectible Peter Stone models and are available world-wide. A meet the team opportunity is scheduled after each performance.
Cowboy Mounted Shooting
This exciting demonstration reminds spectators of cowboys of the old west! Armed with two single action .45 caliber pistols, the competitor speeds through a course designed to test their horsemanship skills and shooting ability – all put together. While navigating through a course, the rider must shoot at 5 targets with one gun before re-holstering and pulling out their next gun for the last 5 targets. Scoring is based on speed, accuracy and following the course of fire correctly. Targets are balloons and ammunition is black powder blanks for safety.
Clemson Show Belgians
The Clemson Show Belgians from Chardon will amaze you as these mighty horses, weighing more than 2000 pounds each are hitched as a six-horse hitch. For their finale, feel the ground shake as eight giant Belgians thunder past Showman’s circle!
Fieldstone Farm Tack Market – used tack sale
For more than 35 years, Fieldstone Farm has been helping improve the lives of those with special needs and challenges through the therapeutic power of horses. An abundance of saddles, riding apparel and boots, horse blankets, bridles, brushes, wraps and more will be available for purchase at the sale. Merchandise is sold at highly discounted prices and will benefit programs at the Therapeutic Riding Center. Market will be held in front of the Visitors Center. Admission is not required to shop at the market.
Kids, come to HorseFest dressed as cowboys or cowgirls. Hand-on activities for children include:
· New! Kids cowboy agility course
· “Mounted” archery
· Grooming miniature horses or donkeys
· Line driving miniature horse
· Cart driving a miniature horse
· Make a stick horse
· Pony Rides ($4)
Learn to line drive as you take the reins of one of Farmpark’s mighty draft horses; a Farmpark equine staff member will walk with you. Hands-on children’s equine activities throughout the weekend include grooming, line driving and cart driving a miniature horse. Pony rides are available for $4, weather permitting.
Meet the Breed:
Throughout the day in Showman’s Circle you can enjoy one-on-one encounters with a variety of breeds of horses, including the Buckskin Gypsy Vanner, Norwegian Fjords, Lusitano, and the Black Forest Horse. The Black Forest horse is a rare and endangered breed native to Germany; currently there are only about 1000 in existence.
· Governor General’s Horse Guard Cavalry Squadron (skill-at-arms competition)
· The Versatile Draft program
· Therapeutic riding by Fieldstone Farms
· Trumbull Career and Technical Center Drill Team (Sunday only)
· Mounted unit competition
· Jumping demonstrations by Little Glen
· Cavalcade of Breeds
· Musical rides
· Six-horse draft hitch demonstration by Clemson Show Belgians
Vendors offering various equine-related products and services.
Take time to experience Farmpark with its regular activities including cow milking, cheese and ice cream making, horse- and tractor-drawn wagon rides are all in Visit Farmpark’s Gift Shop for a great selection of unique gift ideas. Enjoy lunch or snack at the J & J Café.
Admission to HorseFest is only $4 for kids ages 2 to 11; Ages 12 to 59, $6; Ages 60 and older, $5; and Farmpark members and children younger than two are free. 4-H groups receive discounted admission. For more information visit lakemetroparks.com or call 440-256-2122 or 800-366-FARM (3276).
HorseFest 2014 is presented by Discount Drug Mart, Tractor Supply Company and Western Reserve Farm- Cooperative, Red Roof Inn, and Big Creek Veterinary Hospital. Supporting sponsors include Schneider’s and Universal Disposal.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located only 25 miles east of Cleveland at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland. 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.