It was a weekend to celebrate all things “horse” at Upper Canada Village, August 24-26. The Village invited visitors to see horses as people of the 19th century saw them, as faithful companions, hard workers and keen sports contenders.
Popular Valley entertainer Wayne Rostad was grand marshall for the parade held on Saturday. He put on a lively, fun filled concert on the steps of Cook’s Tavern treating the crowd to familiar and funny songs as well as stories of old-time Morrisburg, Iroquois and Williamsburg. Following his performance, Rostad served as celebrity auctioneer at a horse auction, a popular activity which would have been very familiar to the residents of Upper Canada in the 1860’s.
Throughout the Village grounds, there were many events to take in for the visitors who came out for the late summer event.
They could watch field work across from Crysler Hall and the Loucks farm, then see how horses created “power” to operate a drag saw at Ross Farm or run a threshing machine. Numerous carriages and wagons pulled by Percherons and Clydesdales offered visitors the chance to see these beautiful animals in action or to take a ride themselves.
The ‘gentry’ also made their appearance on Village streets, on expensive thoroughbreds, the men in top hats and jackets, the women riding elegantly sidesaddle.
The Natural Horsemanship group put on demonstrations in the fairground. The Team of North American Equine Trainers also demonstrated their skills for the visitors.
With so many interesting and exciting activities, the 2012 Village Horse Lovers’ Weekend proved to be a great success.
However, with horses of all sizes everywhere, there was one practical suggestion given to all visitors during the three days: they really needed to be very careful to look where they stepped!