April 1 to 7 have been declared ‘Horse Appreciation Days’ in the state of Delaware by Governor Jack Markell.
“Delaware has a strong and vibrant equine industry, which provides thousands of jobs from veterinarians to trainers,” Markell said as the Delaware Horse Expo was preparing to open.
“Events like the Delaware Horse Expo help introduce even more people, especially young people, to a lifelong passion for horses, and I am pleased to help recognize this growing sector of our agricultural economy.”
And Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee said the Department of Agriculture is committed to supporting the equine industry.
There are an estimated 2,000 equine operations in Delaware, including breeding farms, training facilities, riding schools, and trail riding centers.
“Horses add so much beauty, grace and talent to our state, with an estimated economic impact of $360 million,” he said. “From our racing commissions to our veterinary inspectors, we firmly support the industry’s success by protecting the security of racing and by protecting the health of your animals.”
The proclamation was presented to the Delaware Equine Council at its scholarship dinner Saturday by Sen. Gary Simpson of Milford and Rep. Bobby Outten of Harrington.
Capping the Horse Appreciation Days is the annual Delaware Horse Expo, from April 6 to 7 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.
Events include a Cowboy Race, retired Thoroughbred clinic, a Cowboy Church worship service, trick riding performances, the Parade of Breeds led by the Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol unit on Saturday and the Paso Fino Bailadores Team on Sunday, mounted drill team and jumper exhibitions, guest speakers, pony and carriage rides. Headlining the Expo will be Craig Cameron, host of the RFD-TV show Ride Smart.
“We are pleased to have the Governor recognize our industry and its successes,” said Stan Vonasek, president of the Delaware Equine Council. “We welcome everyone with an interest in horses to attend the Expo – there’s something for everyone.”
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