Visit Horse Haven and Draft Horse Town
Calgary – There are two areas at the Calgary Stampede offering visitors a comprehensive look at the partnership between humans and horses over the course of history, as well as the vital and thriving horse cultures that still exist today.
From July 3 to 12, Horse Haven and Draft Horse Town have a wide range of displays and exhibits to entertain and educate guests about all things equine. Horse Haven can be found in the northwest corner of the Agriculture Building while Draft Horse Town is on Country Trail between the Agriculture Building and the Agrium Western Event Centre.
For Kristen Hack, hair of the Stampede’s Light Horse Committee, Horse Haven is an educational opportunity. “Basically, it’s developing an understanding of the relationship people have with their horses,” she says. Horse Haven, a Stampede feature since 1977, has had a significant effect on the public’s understanding over the years, Hack thinks. “We find, more and more, that the questions visitors ask have changed. They are far more aware of the different breeds than they used to be.”
There’s a lot to be aware of. This year, 18 different breeds of horses will be on display in Horse Haven, from Appaloosas and Canadians to Tennessee Walkers and Welsh Ponies.
New this year is ‘Hooves Through History’ – a special weekend display in the Agrium Western Event Centre at 1:30 p.m. on July 4 and 5 and at 5:30 p.m. on July 11 and 12. It’s a thrilling panorama on the role of the horse throughout history and how it has developed and changed.
The theme of this year’s Draft Horse Town is ‘Horses in the City’. “We’re trying to display horses and equipment as they would have been used in early Calgary” says David Farran, the 2015 Mayor of Draft Horse Town. “From delivery drays and wagons and road-building equipment all the way to a 1905 hearse.”
The main breeds of heavy horse – Belgian, Percheron and Clydesdale – will all be represented sometime during the Stampede so visitors can get an up-close look. “We try every year to give opportunities for people to come and meet the horses and see how big they are and how gentle they are,” Farran says.
For more information, please visit calgarystampede.com.
About the Calgary Stampede
The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.
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