Time To Ride

RIDE A HORSE for the first time … or the first time in a long time! Equine Affaire is partnering with the American Horse Council’s Time to Ride program to provide opportunities for new and aspiring horse lovers to have their first encounter with a horse—to learn about the basics of horses, horse care, horsemanship, and actually ride a horse for the first time. Representatives of area horse farms and trainers affiliated with the Time to Ride program will provide basic instruction and seasoned lesson horses on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in Cooper Arena. Interested first-time or returning riders must sign up in advance at the Time To Ride booth in the Breed Pavilion, where stable owners and equine professionals may also learn about the Time To Ride Challenge and how to become involved in this exciting new program.

Newcomer rides will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis at the following times: Thursday, April 11th from 3:45pm to 5:15pm; Friday, April 12th from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm; and Saturday, April 13th from 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm.  Participation in this program is free with paid admission to Equine Affaire. Children must be at least 5 years old to participate. Ages 5 and over will be able to brush or interact with the horses, while ages 6 and over will be able to ride the horses. For safety, minors do need to be accompanied by an adult.