Farming Magazine - June, 2010


Horse Progress Days 2010

July 2-3, Topeka, Ind.

Horse Progress Days 2010 will be held July 2-3 in Topeka, Ind., and showcase the latest innovations in horse farming equipment demonstrated in real field conditions. The Topeka Sale Barn sells thousands of draft horses through its facility every spring and fall. Held annually in various parts of the eastern United States, the event offers serious horse farmers an opportunity to learn about various kinds of equipment available.

While the heart of Horse Progress Days is the equipment demonstration area, there will also be numerous seminars offered with a variety of subjects. Most of the seminars are offered both Friday and Saturday, so that those who want to watch the field demonstrations on day can take in the seminars on the other. Seminar subjects will be handled and presented by hands-on practitioners, experts in their areas of experience. Subjects for the seminars: horse training, horse tooth care, horse physical therapy, intensive grazing practices for dairy farmers with a panel of four farmers, power generated from horses on modern treadmills and harness and collar fitting, among other things. Also, children will find ways to make good memories as they play on swings and play with small animals.

A bus tour is planned for Thursday, the day before the activities officially begin. The tour includes stops at seven horse-related businesses and lunch in an Amish home. The cost of the tour is $75 per person. Reservations can be made by calling Loretta Sumpter at 260-768-7549. The daytime tour runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is also a separate evening tour planned beginning at 5 p.m. with dinner in another Amish home after which the group will travel to Menno-Hof, an Amish and Mennonite life and thought interpretive center in nearby Shipshewana. The evening bus will return to Topeka by 8:30 p.m.

Crossroads Tours will be offering shuttle bus service from Shipshewana to Topeka. The cost is $5 per day per person and includes unlimited rides for the day. Contact Loretta Sumpter at 260-768-7549 for details about the shuttle bus.

More information about the event can be found on the Web site or by calling 717-940-4412.