Boasting an attendance of over 20,000 people, the annual Horse Progress Days in Mt. Hope is scheduled for July 4th and 5th of 2014. Visitors of Ohio's Amish Country and guests of the Amish Country Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are greatly encouraged to add this traditional event to their itinerary for Independence Day weekend.
For the past 21 years, the Horse Progress Days has served as a testament of the continued use and relevance of horse-powered farming. The mission statement of the event reads, "To encourage and promote the combination of animal power and the latest equipment innovations in an effort to support small scale farming and land stewardship. To show Draft Animal Power is possible, practical, and profitable."
Though tractors and machines dominate much of the modern farming industry, the Amish community has continued to use draft animals for their farming needs as part of their practicing faith. What visitors see at the Horse Progress Days is a complete line-up of the latest equipment and hitching techniques in the draft horse community. The event also showcases many horse powered farms along with a wide variety of carriages, collars, feeds, ox bows, harness and tack, and other local products to care for draft horses.
As part of the event, educational seminars and clinics are held to inform everyone from the curious bystander to the seasoned draft horse farmer. The Horse Progress Days offers entertainment for visitors of all ages, with a petting zoo and swing sets open for children. Animal and equipment presentations will be ongoing throughout.
Starting at a bright and early 8am on Friday, the Horse Progress Days offer free parking for all who attend, with an admission price of $10 per person at the gate (children 12 and under are free). For a schedule of events and more information about the rich history of draft horses, visit www.horseprogressdays.com
Submitted by Stephanie Winegar
June 25, 2014