LEXINGTON, KY (October 15, 2004) So you’ve always dreamed of driving a beer wagon, a team of work horses, a covered wagon, a surrey with fringe or a chariot…well, help is on the way! On November 6th, the Kentucky Horse Park will offer a basic Team Driving Seminar.
Seminar participants will learn to groom, fit harness and hitch a pair of horses, as well as basic driving skills. An examination of and instruction on the parts and types of harnesses will also be covered during this one-day educational opportunity. The safety of horses and handlers is a main topic in this class.
Taught by Tracy Walker, the Kentucky Horse Park’s resident driving expert, the seminar will be limited to 12 students. “We’ve had plenty of people join us in years past for a touch of driving history, for pleasure driving with their families, retraining a riding horse, safe driving skills and numerous other reasons” said Walker, who has been the Horse Drawn Tours Manager at the park since 1990. She continued, “We try to answer as many questions on these subjects as we can. Safety is the most important part of this course and is stressed in each section o f the seminar. It’s a lot of information and a lot of fun.”
With the resurgence in popularity of draft and other driving breeds, it is important to understand the minds and movements of these fabulous horses.
For information on the Team Driving Seminar, contact Tracy Walker at the Kentucky Horse Park, 859-259-4268.
Admission to the Kentucky Horse Park through October 31 is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. Open daily. New Seasonal Hours and Rates: From November 1-March 14, admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children 7-12. Children six and under are always admitted free of charge. Open from 9 am until 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Admission always includes the American Saddlebred Museum.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003. The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington. The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.