The local planners welcome you to our 21st annual event at the Mount Hope Auction grounds in the heart of Holmes County, Ohio, home to the world’s largest Amish community and where farming is still done with horses. In addition to the many local horse-powered farms, you will find that everything that goes with working horses is available right here. Equipment and carriages, straw hats and ox bows, harness and tack, collars, feed, farrier and health products; all can be found locally.
The purpose of horse Progress Days is to showcase the complete line-up of the latest equipment innovations and hitching techniques in the Draft Horse Industry. There will be educational seminars and clinics to guide you on your journey with Draft Animals, whether you are just getting started or are looking for ways to broaden your knowledge.
Come and see the horses up close and in action. You will see many different Draft Horse breeds, plus mules, ponies, and oxen; in harness, doing what they do best. You will see hitches from one to twelve demonstrating plowing, tillage, haymaking, produce farming, logging, and more.
The day will start off with The Pony Express and then move on to the many field demonstrations, produce demonstrations, and how to seminars as well as logging demonstrations and even woodlot walks. Professionals from around the world will be sharing valuable information from round pen training to seminars on horse farming and related topics. The Homemaker tent will have lots of info and seminars on home health care, healthy foods, and more. Children’s activities will be exciting with a petting zoo and swing sets. Each day will wrap up with the Breed Presentation showing many different breeds of horses and a variety of hitches, from one horse to six horses. The grand finale to the Breed Presentation, and to the day, will show what is possible in a true horse-human relationship with a team of bridle-less horses.
Bring the whole family to this event; there is truly “Something for Everyone”.
The rolling hills and sprawling farms of Holmes County Ohio are beautiful; enjoy them, be our guest, slow down, drive safely, and come again.
To encourage and promote the combination of animal power and the latest equipment innovations in an effort to support sustainable small scale farming and land stewardship.To show draft animal power is possible, practical and profitable.