The art of dressage and the wild west headline HorseFest in Kirtland


KIRTLAND, Ohio — Discover the beauty of horses during HorseFest at Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21 and 22.

Learn about the different breeds, riding disciplines and uses for these versatile animals. At HorseFest, you will see Clydesdales, Belgians, Friesians, Miniatures, and many more.

HorseFest is an equine showcase of the splendor, versatility, and history of the horse, featuring more than 20 breeds participating in a variety of hands-on activities, presentations, training techniques, and demonstrations for all ages to enjoy.

Featured presenters

Charlotte Bayley has been involved with the art of dressage for 30 years. Her extensive training helped her develop a logical approach to training both horse and rider. She is dedicated to the practical application of correct aids and exercises that develop both the rider and horse to their fullest potential.

Bayley works with 65 students on a regular basis at Maple Star Farm in Geauga County and conducts clinics in seven states.

The Black Lightning Wild West Show features a lively presentation with roping and whip cracking featuring the humor, skill and daring of an actual Wild West Show. The show’s trick and fancy roping is always fun, especially with the help of the audience.

Equine presentations

Janet Tenney presents a Baroque manage with her Spanish Lusitanos. Baroque horses generally describes the descendants of athletic war horses in the Middle Ages, with muscular hindquarters an arched neck and a powerful presence.

The Governor General’s Horse Guards Cavalry Squadron GGHG Cavalry Squadron Skill-at-Arms will demonstrate weapons proficiency, a basic requirement for all members.

Skill-at-arms competitions were a way of encouraging excellence within the unit while skill-at-arms demonstrations were a way of engaging the public support.

Throughout the event, get up close and personal with different breeds of horses all day long at Showman’s Circle.

Other highlights include driving demonstrations; various breed highlights; stagecoach rides; Fox Hunting; Historical encampment; Team sorting; Cowboy obstacle challenge; Natural horsemanship and bridleless riding demonstration; Jumping demonstrations by Scenic Run Equestrian Center; Horse and hound competition; Mounted Unit Competition.

Young horse lovers can meet, groom, and drive miniature horses and learn the art of roping with Cowboy Ben. Pony rides are available for an additional fee.

All ages can experience the power of a draft horse as you take the reins and lead it around the field, with staff supervision (10 a.m. both days).


Admission to HorseFest is $6; $5 for ages 60 and over; $4 for ages 2 to 11; and children younger than two are free. Members of Lake Metroparks Farmpark receive free admission. 4-H groups receive discounted admission.

For more information call 440-256-2122 or 800-366-FARM (3276), or visit Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland.


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