CFN – Throughout the season, Upper Canada Village has been hosting a series of special theme weekends. This Friday to Sunday will see the village play host to more than 50 natural horsemanship enthusiasts from across the region. Several trainers and riders from North American Equine Trainers headquartered in Alberta, Kastle Rock Gypsy Farm in Malloytown and Drogheda Manor in Lunenburg are on hand to showcase their horses and to give anyone interested in the possibility of learning horse back riding a chance to experience it up close and personal.
Events this weekend include several demonstrations by the Spirits in Unity team from Drogheda Manor, including explanations and presentations of vaulting, roman riding, tricks, bridleless riding and more. Guest presenters and Village staff will faciliate demonstrations of traditional horse ploughing and treadmill operation. Of course, the entire village is open as usual and season passes are applicable for this event. Horse rides are available daily from 4-5 p.m.
Each day at noon visitors to the village will be treated to a horse parade. Wayne Rostad (former host of t.v.’s On the Road Again) will perform on the porch of Cook’s Tavern for approximately an hour following Saturday’s parade. Feel free to bring your own lawn chair and be prepared to laugh and have a great time! Rostad will also auction approximately 15 items hand-made at Upper Canada Village. Then he will participate in an 1860’s mock horse auction at Cook’s Tavern barn. Buy your own mock money from the lemonade stand in the fairgrounds and bid on the horse of your choice. The highest bidder will get their picture taken with the horse.
Here is some footage from this afternoon’s parade; the horses are truly beautiful.
The event runs from 9-5 each of the three days. Additional information can be found in this week’s edition of Cornwall Free News’ Spirits in Unity column and on the Upper Canada Village website. See you there!