Equine Center to Host Annual Draft Horse Day

Asbury University and the University of Kentucky will host the fourth-annual Draft Horse Day on Sept. 15 at the Asbury University Equine Center in Wilmore, Ky. Activities are free and open to the public.

A draft horse team demonstrates non-mechanical plowing techniques at the 2011 Draft Horse Day.
A draft horse team demonstrates non-mechanical plowing techniques at the 2011 Draft Horse Day.

Events for the day begin with a “Parade of Teams” at 10:30 a.m. Other activities include a children’s activity area, demonstrations by the Asbury Police Mounts program and the opportunity to view Asbury’s Mission Farm Project, a sustainable farming initiative with applications for the developing world.

“Draft Horse Day is a good opportunity to see real, working teams in action and learn about farming in this area in the not-too-distant past,” said Dr. Marty Bilderback, associate professor at Asbury. “The Police Mount demonstration and educational booths emphasize the ways in which horses continue to play an important role in every-day life, as well.”

University of Kentucky faculty and grad students will be on hand to answer questions on topics such as “Identifying Hay and Pasture Plants” and “Color Coat Genetics.” Asbury University students and staff will host information stations, as well. Lunch will be provided by the Jessamine County Cattlemen’s Association for $3 to $5.

Schedule of Events

10:30 a.m. — opening ceremony with “Parade of Teams”

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. — education stations open

11 a.m. — draft horse team competitions

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. — Children’s activities (pony rides, face painting, etc.)

Noon — Lunch

1 p.m. — Student Demonstrations

2 p.m. — Plowing Demonstration

Directions

From New Circle Road in Lexington, head south on US 68 toward Harrodsburg. After 12.9 miles, turn left toward Wilmore. Just south of Wilmore, on mile marker 4, turn right onto Shanty Hill Road, which continues to the Equine Center.

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