A family-friendly, educational outing that all ages will enjoy, Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s annual HorseFest on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 in Kirtland, Ohio is a showcase and a celebration of these magnificent animals.It is approximately a 30 minute drive from Cleveland.
HorseFest Guests will be able to learn all about various breeds of horses and discover how these versatile animals have contributed to society throughout history. HorseFest will feature presentations, hands-on activities, riding disciplines, training techniques and demonstrations.
This year’s HorseFest will spotlight more than 20 breeds of horses in all sizes and shapes including Clydesdales, Friesians, Belgians, miniature horses and the giant Percheron draft horses. New breeds this year will be the Hackney Pony, American Saddlebred, the Norwegian Fjord and the Black Forest Horse. Native to Germany, the Black Forest Horse is a rare and endangered breed. Currently there are only about 1000 in the world.
Hands-on children’s activities include grooming, cart driving a miniature horse, line driving and pony rides ($4).
HorseFest will feature a mounted unit competition, a Cowboy team field challenge, a Horse & Hound Relay competition, the Light Horse Brigade presenting Horses and History and a presentation of Lake Metroparks Color Guard.
There will be a variety of demonstrations for visitors to enjoy including a side saddle demonstration, jumping demonstrations (by the Maypine Equestrian Center), a Draft Unicorn demonstration (three- horse hitch), a Cavalcade of Breeds and a demonstration by the Governor General’s Horse Guard Cavalry Squadron. There will also be a blacksmithing demonstration.
Make sure you check out the performance by the Trumbull Career and Technical Center Drill Team (Sunday only). And don’t miss the demonstrations of Costume Freestyle and musical rides.
One of the highlights of HorseFest will be a presentation by Janet Tenney of her Spanish Lusitano Baroque horses with their flowing manes and tails.
Another must-see presentation includes the Clemson Show Belgians from Chardon with their mighty horses weighing more than 2000 pounds each. Can you hear the thunder of their hooves and feel the ground shake as 8 giant Belgians roar past Showman’s Circle?
And you will be amazed by the Ohio Top Hands Rodeo Drill Team, the state’s premier mounted drill team that has performed all over North America.
Hours for HorseFest are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults (12-59), $5 for seniors (60+) and $4 for children (2-11). Children younger than 2 are free.
For more information about the Lake Metroparks’ Farmpark HorseFest call 440-256-2122 or 800-366-3276 or get online at www.lakemetroparks.com.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8899 Euclid Chardon Rd. in Kirtland, Ohio. Kirtland is 22 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 30 minute drive.