Introductions to horses often begin simply. For children and adults, attending an equestrian event can open the door to being a lifelong fan and perhaps something deeper. Where can you attend an event? They exist across the world from small towns to major cities. Look for rodeos, horse shows, livestock shows, polo matches, parades and festivals. If your goal is to find activities that celebrate America’s heritage and can provide wholesome, enriching activities for families, then these are the right fit.
Horse expos are hosted in many states, and they often offer educational activities and exhibitions. Search for your state’s horse council for a calendar. Many horse shows have free admission, so they are super budget-friendly outings. Remember safety first though and be respectful of the horses and their owners and riders. Children need to be supervised. When you arrive, seek out the horse stalls to talk to owners and riders and see the animals up close. Because the exhibitors may be focused on their performances, it is a good idea to check in at the show office first and see if they have a recommendation of someone you can talk to. They may even have some educational handouts for you.
There are more disciplines (that’s a fancy horse-word for activities) with horses than you can imagine. So whether you are seeking out Western or English events, light horse breeds, draft horses, racing or driving, there is something to catch your attention. You may decide that you want a closer experience, so a lesson or trail ride may be a great next step.
There are also expos and competitions for model horses. For adults and children alike, the beauty, fun and community of model horses can be fun. Learn more about showing model horses at www.takemeriding.com.