#HorseFest • Lake Metroparks Farmpark • May 17 - 18, 2014 • Equine Presentations, Demonstrations, and Exhibits


Due to the nature of this event and facility, please do not bring your pets.


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May 17 & 18, 2014
9 am to 5 pm

Lake Metroparks Farmpark
8800 Euclid Chardon Rd;
Kirtland, OH 44094
440-256-2122 · 800-366-3276

The majestic beauty of the horse is yours to enjoy during #HorseFest. Meet more than 20 breeds of horses from the very small to the very tall.  Plus Farmpark's own Percheron and Belgian draft teams. Experience the splendor and grace of the horse, and discover how they have been used by man throughout history for work and pleasure.

The Wells Fargo Stagecoach at HorseFest!

From 1852 to 1918, Wells Fargo rushed customers’ important business by any means - steamship, railroad, and, where the railroads ended, by stagecoach.

In the great enterprise of building reliable transcontinental transportation, Wells Fargo came to own and operate the largest stagecoach empire in the world.

Since then, Wells Fargo has been forever linked with the six-horse Concord Coach charging across the vast plains and high mountains of the West.

See and take a ride in the world-famous stagecoach pulled by a four-draft hitch at HorseFest!

Ohio Top Hands Rodeo Drill Team
Returning for a second year with a new show!

The premier mounted drill team of the State of Ohio is The Ohio Top Hands Rodeo Drill Team. Since 1998 The Ohio Top Hands have performed for fairs, horse expositions, festivals, rodeos and horse shows as far west as Reno, Nevada; as far east as Truro, Nova Scotia; north into Canada and south as far as Texas. They have participated in the Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade and The Indianapolis 500 Festival. They are professional champions of the American West, keeping alive the romance and tradition of the free spirit and beauty of the world of horses.  Since 1999 twenty-three Top Hands horses have been made into collectible Peter Stone models and are available world-wide.

Clemson Show Belgians

The Clemson Show Belgians (pictured at top) from Chardon will amaze you as these mighty horses, weighing more than 2000 pounds each are hitched as a six-horse hitch. For their finale, feel the ground shake as eight giant Belgians thunder past Showman’s circle!


Cowboy Mounted Shooting

This exciting demonstration reminds spectators of cowboys of the old west! 

Armed with two single action .45 caliber pistols, the competitor speeds through a course designed to test their horsemanship skills and shooting ability – all put together.  While navigating through a course, the rider must shoot at 5 targets with one gun before re-holstering and pulling out their next gun for the last five targets.  Scoring is based on speed, accuracy and following the course of fire correctly.  Targets are balloons and ammunition is black powder blanks for safety.


Hands-on activities for cowboys and cowgirls

Kids, come to HorseFest dressed as a cowboy or cowgirl

  • New! Kids cowboy agility course
  • Mounted archery
  • Grooming miniature horses or donkeys
  • Line driving miniature horse
  • Cart driving a miniature horse
  • Make a stick horse
  • Pony Rides ($4)

Equine Presentations, Demonstrations, and Exhibits

Find out about the different breeds, riding disciplines and uses for these versatile animals. You will see Belgians, Friesians, Miniatures, and many more. HorseFest is an equine showcase offering a variety of hands-on activities, presentations, training techniques, and demonstrations for all ages to enjoy.

Meet the breed

Meet the Breed Buckskin Gypsy Vanner StallionThroughout the day in Showman’s Circle you can enjoy one-on-one encounters with a variety of breeds of horses, including the Buckskin Gypsy Vanner, Norwegian Fjords, Lusitano, and the Black Forest Horse. The Black Forest horse, considered a draft type, is a rare and endangered breed native to Germany, currently there are only about 1000 in existence.

Drive a draft horse

Learn to line drive  as you take the reins of one of Farmpark’s mighty draft horses, a Farmpark equine staff member will walk with you.  


  • Governor General’s Horse Guard Cavalry Squadron
  • The Versatile Draft program
  • Theraputic riding by Fieldstone Farms
  • Trumbull Career and Technical Center Drill Team (Sunday only)
  • Mounted unit competition
  • Jumping demonstrations by Little Glen
  • Cavalcade of Breeds
  • Musical rides
  • Blacksmithing

Fieldstone Farm Tack Market - used tack sale

For more than 35 years, Fieldstone Farm has been helping improve the lives of those with special needs and challenges through the therapeutic power of horses. The Bainbridge Township-based organization’s used tack sale, held for the past 30 years, features a wide range of horse and riding equipment.

An abundance of saddles, riding apparel and boots, horse blankets, bridles, brushes, wraps and more will be available for purchase at the sale. Merchandise is sold at highly discounted prices and will benefit programs at the Therapeutic Riding Center.

Market will be held in front of the Visitors Center. Admission is not required to shop at the market.


  • Ages 2 - 11, $4
  • Ages 60+, $5
  • Ages 12 - 59, $6
  • Children younger than 2, Free
  • Farmpark members, Free
  • 4-H group discount


Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Take 1-90 to Rt. 306 (Mentor, Kirtland Exit), South on Rt. 306 five miles to Euclid Chardon Rd. (Rt.6), East on Rt. 6 one mile. Entrance to Farmpark is on the right


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