Horse Lovers’ Weekend at Upper Canada Village returns — an action packed line-up of all things equine

Seen in photo above: Taken at Stormont County Fair. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

MORRISBURG Labour Day weekend is a special time as Upper Canada Village hosts one of its most popular events – Horse Lovers’ Weekend. It’s an action-packed three days (September 1-3) of activities showcasing natural horsemanship, riding, driving and working horses and of course Upper Canada Village’s beautiful Canadian horses. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided at some of the activities on Sunday, September 2 (Horse Whisperer workshop, Farrah Green demonstration, parade, mock horse auction). Check the schedule on the website for details.

This year guests can learn the basics of how to become a Horse Whisperer in a special 30-minute workshop in the fairgrounds. The workshop will demonstrate the principles of natural horsemanship in an educational and entertaining presentation that is open to all skill levels. The workshop is offered twice daily at 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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Natural horsemanship demonstrations by 3-star Parelli specialist Farrah Green and members of the Drogheda Manor team, Kariane Lafrance with her horse Spirit and Lindsay Partridge and her Thoroughbreds (Saturday only). Check the website for the weekend schedule for full details and times.

Watch the action as draft horses working in the fields and pulling big wagons, riding horses, carriage horses, and miniature horses. Ken Reid and his stunning six-horse hitch will be on site and can be seen in the parade on all three days. Upper Canada Village will proudly feature their Canadian Horses in action on the drag saw, pulling wagons and the tow scow. New guests this year include the Rideau Mounted Search and Rescue team. Stop by Loucks Farm and meet Upper Canada Village’s newest foals and catch up with 2016 Canadian foals Duke and Dexter.

Special musical performances at by MacLeod Fiddlers at noon on Saturday and by Stephen Goodberry and Debra Currier on Sunday will keep audiences entertained. Upper Canada Village’s own Travelling Tiltons will perform their own musical and comedic entertainment on Monday. Performances take place at Cook’s Tavern or in the Fairgrounds. The Capital Cowgirls, Ottawa’s all female drill team will perform their exciting routines on Sunday and Monday.

Daily activities  (9:30 -12:00 & 2:30 –4:30): horse drawn wagon rides, horse drawn boat rides, horse-powered field work and drag saw demonstrations – free with Village admission.

1860s Mock Horse Auction featuring all 2017 Ontario Auctioneer Champion Chad Simmons

Guests can participate in a “mock” horse auction by purchasing a $2 envelope that contains 1860s money at Crysler’s Store. The lucky bidder wins a photo of himself or herself with the horse. Other items made by Village artisans will be sold off in a real auction. Register for both the mock and real auction at Crysler’s Store.

Advance ticket purchase if recommended. Prices are $20 Adult, $18.00 Senior (65 yrs+), $16.00 Student (13-18 yrs), $13.00 Youth (5-12 yrs) and children 4 years and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at For more information, call 1-800-437-2233 or locally 613-543-4328.

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