Joyful trails_ Don’t miss the Equine Expertise at Ag Progress Days

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Whether or not you might be an avid horse individual or simply an spectator, there’s something for horse lovers of all ages on the Equine Expertise at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days.

Throughout the three-day occasion, Aug. 8-10, guests can attend demonstrations, work together with Penn State equine science school and workers, and find out about horse well being and care.

Positioned on the prime of Most important Avenue on the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Analysis Middle in Pennsylvania Furnace, the Equine Enviornment and Equine Reveals Constructing will showcase the flexibility of the horses and horse breeds, in addition to spotlight details about forage, pasture administration and secure amenities.

“Final 12 months, we had nice crowds for our equine demonstrations,” mentioned Danielle Smarsh, equine extension specialist and assistant professor of equine science within the School of Agricultural Sciences. “We’re bringing again a lot of our favourite exhibitors, so I hope folks will return to Ag Progress Days to see all of the great horses and be taught one thing new.”

Equine science school, workers and members of the Pennsylvania Equine Council can be out there to reply questions and supply info on equine-related subjects within the Equine Reveals Constructing all through the three-day present.

This 12 months’s area demonstrations cowl subjects for each curiosity and horsemanship stage. The total schedule can be out there within the coming weeks. Highlights embody:

Tuesday, Aug. 8

The Pennsylvania State Police Mounted Patrol will conduct two demonstrations to spotlight the work of the police horses.

Penn State Extension’s 4-H Group Horse Energy — comprising teenagers within the equine trade who’ve handed the primary two ranges of the Pennsylvania 4-H Horsemanship Abilities Program — will host demonstrations on primary security and horsemanship. Group Horse Energy representatives educate horsemanship and security abilities at clinics, camps and workshops all through Pennsylvania whereas selling the 4-H program.

Guests can be taught the fundamentals of dealing with and coaching younger horses in demonstrations with the College’s Quarter Horses.

Wednesday, Aug. 9

The Keystone Dressage and Mixed Drill Group will return to Ag Course of Days to place its horses by their paces.

Rick Shaffer of R&S Paso Fino Stables of Somerset additionally will return for 2 breed clinics and using demonstrations.

The Capital Space Therapeutic Using Affiliation Youth Ambassadors will exhibit their miniature horses in two demos.

The Wednesday night extravaganza will embody one other demo from Spring Mount Percherons and a salute to America, adopted by a mini leaping derby.

Thursday, Aug. 10

Penn State Extension’s 4-H Group Horse Energy will return to host extra demonstrations on primary security and horsemanship.

Guests may have one other alternative to be taught the fundamentals of dealing with and coaching younger horses in demonstrations with the College’s Quarter Horses.

To wrap up Ag Progress Days, 4-H groups will problem their friends in an equine data competitors through the annual Penn State Equine Science Horse Quiz Bowl Thursday.

Over all three days, Spring Mount Percherons, owned and proven by David and Linda Hershey of Warriors Mark, can be on web site with a six-horse hitch demonstration. This 12 months, Ag Progress Days will welcome Gail Eichelberger, present president of the Pennsylvania Equine Council, and her husband, Richard Eichelberger, to talk every day about gaited horses, which transfer in a different way than non-gaited horses at greater speeds. Attendees may also attend a Bear Hill Horse Logging demonstration to be taught extra about horse logging and restorative forestry daily. Bear Hill makes a speciality of low-impact timber administration, selective harvests and wetlands logging.

Sponsored by Penn State’s School of Agricultural Sciences, Ag Progress Days is held on the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Analysis Middle at Rock Springs, 9 miles southwest of State School on Route 45. Hours are 9 a.m. to five p.m. on Aug. 8; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 9; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 10. Admission and parking are free.

For extra info, go to the Ag Progress Days web site. The official hashtag for social media is #agprogressdays, and the occasion additionally could be discovered on Fb.