• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Library’s ‘Everything Equine’ coming to Midway Oct. 20

Everything Equine will have something last year’s event lacked – horses.

By moving the Midway Branch Library’s free program to Midway University’s Equestrian Center, families will get to see horses being groomed and watch riding demonstrations – English and Western styles, library program coordinator Suzanne Conrad said.

“We decided if we could get horses and barns into Everything Equine that completed the picture,” said Conrad.

Dr. Janice Holland, chair of Midway University’s equine studies program, and her students have embraced this opportunity to partner with the library on Everything Equine.

“We saw it as a great opportunity to work on the town and gown relationship,” said Holland. “…It’s just a great way to welcome the community up to the barn, and they get to see a little bit more about what we’re all about.”

Victoria Nader, president of the Midway Horse Association, a Midway University student organization partnering with the Midway Branch

Library on Everything Equine, said this is an opportunity for her and other students to provide hands-on horse demonstrations for those who may not otherwise have an opportunity like this.

“That’s great for the Midway community, for us to work together to provide an even bigger, richer event for them,” said Conrad.

School-age children will have an opportunity to learn from Midway University students and others about different educational opportunities to prepare for a career in the equine industry, said Conrad.

“…If you build the passion early – that’s the best way to bring someone up in the horse industry,” said Nader, a Midway University junior studying equine rehabilitation.

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, one of the new exhibitors for Everything Equine, will provide information on all types of therapeutic riding that’s happening at the Kentucky Horse Park and how community members can become involved in those projects, said Conrad.

The organization works with military veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and children with an array of learning and physical challenges.

Families are encouraged to pick up a map at the Midway Branch Library, or they may visit the library’s websitewoodfordcountylibrary.com for a map to show them how to get to Midway University’s Equestrian Center, which is not located on the main campus.

Students will be stationed at various locations directing people, who are encouraged to telephone the library at 846-4014 if they are planning to participate in Everything Equine.

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