The 19th Annual Horse Progress Days will be held June 29-30 at the Alvin Yoder Farm in Clare, Mich. This is the showcase event for newly manufactured and modified horse drawn equipment, featuring field demonstrations, educational seminars, a parade of breeds and something for everyone in the heavy horse industry.
Admission is just $10 per day. Children under 14 are free when attending with an adult.
Horse Progress Days will again offer its Draft Horse Farming Exploratory classes. Instructors will again be Ferman Wengerd and Kim Hadwen. The classes will cover three days, and the tuition is $500. Included in the tuition is free access to the event all three days, a $30 value.
The classes will be limited to six to eight students and will be filled first come first served.
Call Ferman Wengerd at 330-857-6340 with questions and to reserve your spot in the program as a student. Send payment to Horse Progress Days (Horse Farming Class), 16875 Jericho Road, Dalton, OH 44618.
For more information about the show, visit www.horseprogressdays.com.
Horse Progress Days Bus Tour
Each day, 8 a.m.
Yoder's Buggy Shop - Clare
Dyna Products - Evart
Cherry Creek Posts - Evart
Countryside Dinners - Clare
William Byler, Shady Maple Farm & Furniture Store - Farwell
Meadow View Kitchens - Farwell
Colonville Store - Clare
Cost of the tour is $75 per person, first come first served.
To make your reservations, call Leroy Yoder at 989-386-9082. To secure a spot on the tour bus, you must send payment to Horse Progress Days (Tour), 9484 S. Rogers Ave., Clare, MI 48617
In the Outdoor Arena, Friday & Saturday
7:45 a.m. Pony Express welcome followed by Ohio cowboy Krist King whip-cracking demonstration
10:30 a.m. Sheep herding demonstration
11:30 a.m. -1:00 pm Hands on driving for beginners and novices
1 Children's pet auction
4 p.m. Amateur auctioneer's contest (Friday only)
6 p.m. Breed presentation (4:30 on Saturday)
7 p.m. Informal farm team barnyard horse pull
In the Fields, Friday & Saturday
9 a.m. - Field equipment and produce/small equipment demonstrations. Field demonstrations traditionally include manure spreaders, plows and tillage equipment.
1 p.m. - Haying equipment demonstrations will begin with the bigger equipment, and the smaller produce growing equipment demonstrations will continue in their designated area. Look for new innovations in horse farming equipment, as in the case of the improved I&J Mfg. ground drive forecart, especially as you see its mechanization adapted to an all-new ground drive sickle bar mower the company will be introducing in 2012. Pioneer's Homesteader tool will be ready for the market; see it demonstrated, and come prepared to be introduced to other new equipment.
Daily Activities in the Round Pen, Friday & Saturday
- Wilmer Slabaugh of Munfordville, Ky., on training horses, especially to stand to be shod.
- Rick Wheat and the Noaval Headstall
- Buck Wheeler and the Stabilizer and milking apparatuses