Morrisburg, Ontario – Horse lovers will have reason to celebrate at Upper Canada Village over Labour Day weekend (September 5-7, 2015) at the Horse Lovers’ weekend event.  The 2015 event will pay tribute to 350 years of Canada’s National Breed, the Canadian Horse.  Saturday, September 5 will be the ‘All-Canadian Day’. Highlights will include an all-Canadian horse parade, anniversary cake and refreshments plus entertainment throughout the day. 
This special Labour Day weekend event features three days packed with activities showcasing riding, driving and working horses.  Natural horsemanship demonstrations and a mock 1860s horse auction are all part of the weekend’s activities.  It is a great opportunity to watch, learn and improve your understanding of all things equine, with demonstrations and performances by notable horse experts.

  • Farrah Green, a Parelli Horse Specialist who states her mission as “helping horses with their people, as well as furthering my own horsemanship skills,” has an extensive background as both a rider and teacher. Green, a 3 Star Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instructor will share her knowledge about how to communicate more effectively with horses and will give multiple performances and demonstrations throughout the weekend. 
  • Joining Green will be Gary Meek and the team from Drogheda Manor in Lunenburg, Ontario.  This team will demonstrate the principles of natural horsemanship in an educational and entertaining presentation that is fun for the whole family.  You will never look at horses in the same way again!  Free horseback rides will also be offered.
  • Tom Bishop’s 4B Ranch Productions will perform Wild West trick riding including a daring Roman Riding demonstration. This performance is on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. only. 

SATURDAY – Our “All Canadian” Day
On Saturday we will be celebrating the 350th Anniversary of the Canadian Horse’s introduction to Canada (New France).  This is a must see event!
Special Performances (all activities will be at Cooks Tavern & Livery or in the Fairgrounds):
11:45 a.m.          Upper Canada Village’s The Travelling Tiltons
12:30 p.m.          Special Music with Phil and Caroline Hosick
1:15 p.m.         All Canadian Horse Parade
2:00 p.m.         1860’s Mock Hose Auction
3:00 p.m.         350th Anniversary Cake Cutting and Refreshments (Fairgrounds)
3:00 p.m.         Tom Bishop’s 4B Ranch Productions demonstrating Roman Riding
3:30 p.m.         Parelli Horse Specialist Farrah Green performs amazing horse handling techniques
Special Performances (all activities will be at Cooks Tavern & Livery or in the Fairgrounds):
11:45 a.m.       Upper Canada Village’s The Travelling Tiltons
12:30 p.m.      Special Music:  The Vankleek Hill Old Time Fiddlers (Sunday only); 
                                       A. J. Benoit and the Celtic Show Band (Monday only)
1:15 p.m.         Horse Parade
2:00 p.m.         1860’s Mock Hose Auction
3:30 p.m.         Parelli Horse Specialist Farrah Green – special demonstration
Always popular, the Mock Horse Auction 1860s style is offered all three days.  To join in the bidding at the auction “horse lovers’” dollars must be purchased in advance along with an auction number.  The lucky bidder will receive a photo with the horse and handler.  Other unique items made by Village artisans will be sold in a real auction. Registration and purchase of horse lovers’ dollars takes place at the wooden booth in the fairgrounds.   
Upper Canada Village will proudly feature their Canadian Horses including their new Canadian foal and the many different ways they are used on site - working in the fields and pulling big wagons, and as riding and carriage horses. Demonstrations will take place at Ross Farm showing a Drag Saw operation and at Loucks Farm featuring the horse powered threshing machine.  Visitors can enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride around Upper Canada Village and horse drawn Tow Scow ride in along the canal all included in Upper Canada Village admission.
“This year’s Horse Lovers’ weekend is a really special celebration as we are marking the 350th anniversary.  The Canadian Horse has played such an important role in the settlement of Canada.  Upper Canada Village is a great place to see the horses performing a wide variety of tasks every day.  They play an important role in helping us to bring life in the 1860s to life.  We appreciate the support of the horse community in helping us to deliver this great event.”  -- Bruce Henbest, Upper Canada Village
Special musical performances by Phil and Caroline Hosick on Saturday, The Vankleek Hill Old Time Fiddlers on Sunday and a performance by A. J. Benoit and the Celtic Show Band on Monday will keep audiences entertained.   Upper Canada Village’s own Travelling Tiltons will perform their comedic entertainment all three days.  Performances take place at Cook’s Tavern or in the Fairgrounds.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.UpperCanadaVillage.com.  Prices are $18 Adult (13-64 yrs), $16 Senior (65 yrs+), $12 Youth (6-12 yrs) and children 5 years and under are free.  


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13740 County Road 2
Morrisburg, ON, K0C 1X0
Tel: 1-800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328

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