Open Stables Day

Open Stables Day invites public
to tour area horse farms

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(April 2002) GOSHEN, Ky. – The second annual Open Stable Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. This Kentucky Horse Council-sponsored event is free to visitors.
Several horse farms and stables in central and north Kentucky are scheduled to participate. Visitors may take self-guided tours to as many participating stables throughout the day as they would like to tour.
The purpose of such an event is to enable people to learn about different breeds of horses, horse care and training, and for stables to showcase their facilities. Many area stables will be providing special demonstrations throughout the day.
Each stable offers a look at different aspects of the equine business. One advantage to the event is that visitors can learn what each unique stable has to offer year-round.

Traci Coats

Traci Coats
rides Sebastian

Over the Top Stables, located in Goshen, Ky., promotes the horse industry as a family oriented activity. Instructor and trainer Andrea Ariatti said that on the day of the event, Over the Top Stables would offer lessons from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Different demonstrations will be ongoing and refreshments will be served.
Throughout the year, other activities at Over The Top Stables include a Pee Wee Riding Program, clinics, horse shows and a summer camp for beginners and advanced riders.
This is the first year the stable has participated in Open Stables Day, said trainer Traci Comer.
One eastern Shelby County participant is Kamp Kessa, an equine assisted growth and learning wilderness program.
Kamp Kessa functions as part of a non-profit agency, Sheltered Risks Inc.
Kamp Kessa offers a therapeutic riding program for children with behavioral disorders.
“We are putting together a little snapshot in time” for the tour, said co-director Dr. Thecla Howard.
She is assisted by her husband, Dr. Anthony Howard. Their goal is to provide a camp at which children learn to raise their self-esteem and foster social skills.
On Open Stables Day, visitors can also expect to see tack and feed vendors. As at many other stables, refreshments will be provided. Equine artist Elizabeth Helmbrecht Morris will be another attraction at Kamp Kessa.
Another Shelby County participant is Dunwood Training Center, located on Hwy. 53, five miles north of Hwy. 60. Corinne Bradley and Isabelle Allemang own Dunwood.
This event provides stables and equine facilities such as Dunwood the opportunity to attract new customers, promote their breeding plan and sell horses and related equipment.
Bradley said guest instructor Billie Stewart will provide a dressage clinic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stewart has 25 years experience as a riding instructor and trainer.
A stable does not have to be a member of the Kentucky Horse Council to participate in this event.
The non-profit Kentucky Horse Council was created with the goal of playing an active role in supporting and strengthening Kentucky’s horse industry.

• For more information, call 1-800-459-4677 or visit the website at: www.kentuckyhorse.org.

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