A family-friendly, educational outing that all ages will enjoy, Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s annual HorseFest on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 in Kirtland, Ohio is a showcase and a celebration of these magnificent animals. It is approximately a 30 minute drive from Cleveland.
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 numerous breeds of horses in all sizes and shapes including Friesians, Belgians, miniature horses, Fjords, Haflingers, Clydesdales and the giant Percheron draft horses. Be sure you don’t miss the Meet the Breed event where you can enjoy sone one-on-one encounters with the various breeds.
There will be plenty of children’s activities including face painting, crafts and grooming a miniature horse or donkey. Jan Sharp’s miniature horse team will be there pulling a Cinderella pumpkin carriage and offering a photo opportunity with the children. Pony rides will also be offered ($4).
There will be a variety of demonstrations for visitors to observe including jumping demonstrations, a Small to Large Multiple Hitch demonstration and a Combined Driving demonstration. Visitors can also watch a miniature horse obstacle challenge, a Princess ball performance, a drill ride presentation and they will be able to take draft and miniature horse cart rides.
New this year at HorseFest will be a logging demonstration and a Feed Team Race. Also, be sure to catch the Trick Horse performance (Saturday only) and the demonstration by the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club (Sunday only). One of the highlights of HorseFest will be the opportunity to take a ride in a stagecoach.
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. Parking is free. For more information about HorseFest or about Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 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.