• By Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Library’s ‘Everything Equine’ returns to Midway University, Two-hour event begins at 11 a.m. Saturda

The Midway Branch Library’s “Everything Equine” returns to Midway University on Saturday, Oct. 19, with a few additions this year, including the Lexington Mounted Police Unit. By having Everything Equine at the university’s equestrian center, library program coordinator Suzanne Conrad said, “We’ll have demonstrations of different riding styles – American, Western – going on during the two-hour event,” which is free. Partnering with Midway University’s equine program and bringing Everything Equine to its equestrian center means people of all ages will get to experience things “we couldn’t do here,” library Branch Manager Stacy Thurman said. Young people with an interest in an equine career can talk to students in Midway University’s equine program and equine professionals about their futures during Everything Equine. “It’s not just for little kids or not just for adults,” Thurman said. “It’s for everyone. And really everyone, especially if you like horses at all, would enjoy this.” Visitors from four counties joined local families for last year’s Everything Equine “and we expect to see that (many) and maybe more (counties represented) this year because it’s such a unique event,” said Conrad. She noted retired jockey Suzie Oldham will again bring her “tack” so people can see what she wore and other equipment she used during a horserace. Veterinarians will demonstrate what tools are used to examine a horse and a blacksmith (farrier) will share experiences and techniques related to shoeing a horse. Conrad described having the Lexington Mounted Police Unit at Everything Equine as a very unique opportunity for people. The officers will talk about the job responsibilities of their unit, how their horses are selected and trained, as well as doing demonstrations of situations when they’re called into service, she added. Conrad said Everything Equine’s popularity grew when the event was moved from the Midway Branch Library – when less than 100 attended – to the equestrian center at Midway University last year, when about 175 people attended. She anticipates well over 250 will attend this year’s event. “We’re doing a lot more as a library to take our services outside of our building to meet people where they are,” Thurman said. Everything Equine begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. Because it’s a lunchtime event, Papa John’s Pizza will be there selling pizzas and soft drinks, Conrad said. Maps to Midway University’s equestrian center are available at the Midway Branch and Woodford County libraries or by accessing the library’s website – woodfordlibrary.org – or its Facebook.

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