The Mackinac Horsemen’s Association holds an annual Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse to celebrate the horse’s role on the island. In the past we have held lectures, workshops, pony rides, carriage parades, demonstrations, stable tours and the ever-popular Breed Show. Events take place at the Borough Lot beneath Grand Hotel. Proceeds from the festival support MHA projects. The 2016 Festival is TBD – tentative dates are
MHA will not be hosting Festival of the Horse in 2016. Watch here for notices for 2017.
———- Information Below is from 2015. ———–
The 2015 Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse will be featuring Betsy VanDyke and her Danish Warmblood, “Tanner”
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Festival of the Horse News Links
• Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse – Part II (The Breed Show) 7/27/2010 (via Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog)
In a copy of the Mackinac Horsemen’s Association publication, “Mackinac Hoofbeats”, Phil Porter (Director of the Mackinac Island Historic State Parks) talks about the importance of the horse on the island. He says, “I don’t think people always realize the full impact of the auto ban,” referring to the 1898 prohibition of automobiles. “Because cars were banned so early, the island never changed to accommodate an automotive world.
• The Festival of the Horse – Part I 7/26/2010 (via Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog)
If you love horses (which I do), can ride them (which I can’t), and can’t seem to ever get enough of them (which I never do) – the next two days of this blog are for you!
Learn more about Mackinac and horses at our Mackinac Horsemen’s Association website.
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