Asbury Equine Center to Host Draft Horse Day

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University invites the public to experience equine power and strength at its fifth annual Draft Horse Day on September 21 at the Asbury University Equine Center. Admission is free; lunch will be available for purchase. 

Draft Horse teams will demonstrate farming techniques at Asbury's Draft Horse Day on Sept. 21.
Draft Horse teams will demonstrate farming techniques at Asbury's Draft Horse Day on Sept. 21.

Demonstrations throughout the day will introduce visitors to the traditional agricultural roles of draft horses as well as other equine activities for which Asbury is known, such as police mount training and vaulting. Also located at the Equine Center is Asbury’s Mission Farm Project, an exercise in low-impact farming techniques geared toward increasing students’ capacity to serve in developing areas of the world.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of Asbury’s Equine program is a high degree of student involvement. From maintaining facilities to planning events such as Draft Horse Day and the annual “Christmas in the Country” program later in the fall, students take the initiative to pull together events that both demonstrate their horsemanship and minister to the local community.

“Most of the students helping are a part of a class called Horsemanship Ministry,” said Libby Vandervennet, a student coordinator for this year’s event. “It’s all about using horses to give and be a light to others. Students do everything from directing parking and serving lunch to face painting and pony rides for kids. Students from Asbury also get the chance to demonstrate their passion for what we do during the student demonstrations part of the day.”

Lunch options will be provided by the Jessamine County Cattleman’s Association for $3 to $5 beginning at noon.

9 a.m. – Team arrival and harnessing
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 and more)
Noon – lunch
1 p.m. – Student Demonstrations (vaulting, police mounts and more)
2 p.m. – Horse-drawn equipment demonstration

Education Stations
“Identify Hay and Pasture Plants”
“The Mission Farm Project”
“Parts of a Harness”

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, at mile marker 4, turn right onto Shanty Hill Road, which continues to the Equine Center.

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