STONE MILLS, New York (WWNY) – One hoof stood in front of the other at Stone Mills on Saturday.
Many came to the annual Draft Horse Show at the Stone Mills Agricultural Museum.
The horses were judged in two competition classes: Halter class, similar to a dog show, where horses are set up, shown and judged. And the Hitch Team Class, which consists of a team of horses and a carriage and demonstrates the skills of the team and driver.
Participants say these shows help show what the horses can do and what impact they have on the history of farming.
“It means a lot to me because I learned from my grandfather. So there is a lot of history behind it, and I just want to keep this story and pass it on when I can and support our local region, ”said participant Justin Hille.
“Often times people just think of machines now and don’t really think about the old farmers who still use horse-drawn carriages and what a toll it takes them if they don’t have the support of the community,” said participant Hannah Hulchanski.
Entry to the event was free, but donations were raised to help maintain the buildings and grounds of the Stone Mills Agricultural Museum.
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