Horse lovers in the state of Delaware have reason to celebrate this week. On Saturday, Governor Jack Markell declared April 1-7 as Horse Appreciation Days. The week-long celebration of the horse culminates with the Delaware Horse Expo at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.
The equine industry contributes an estimated $360 million to Delaware’s economy.
Statement in Observance of Delaware Horse Appreciation Days:
Whereas, the State of Delaware has a long and proud tradition of a strong equine industry, from the horses our forefathers rode during Colonial times to the horses who race at our three racetracks today; and
Whereas, there are an estimated 2,000 equine operations in Delaware, including breeding farms, training facilities, riding schools, and trail riding;
Whereas, equine operations excluding racetracks comprise approximately 12,000 acres, making for a significant part of our land use kept in open space and forestland; and
Whereas, horses are the source of jobs for thousands of Delawareans, both directly and indirectly, including through veterinarians, feed and bedding, equipment, grooming and tack supplies and more; and
Whereas, the Delaware Equine Council helps promote and educate the public about the importance of horses in the First State, including providing scholarships to young people advancing their education in agriculture of equine studies; and
Whereas, because of the significant benefits that the equine industry has brought to Delaware agriculture and our quality of life,
Now, Therefore, We, Jack A. Markell, Governor,
and Matthew Denn, Lieutenant Governor,
do hereby declare April 1-7, 2013
DELAWARE HORSE APPRECIATION DAYS
in the State of Delaware, and encourage all citizens to recognize and appreciate the benefits and long tradition of the equine industry in Delaware.
The Delaware Horse Expo takes place April 6 and 7 and will feature several popular clinicians, including:
- Craig Cameron, Horsemanship and Extreme Cowboy Race
- Steuart Pittman Jr., retraining retired racehorses
- David Davis: Horsemanship, trick training and cowboy dressage
- Kirsten Willey: Trick Riding and vaulting
Other demos include the Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol Unit, parade of breeds, cowboy circuit, gambler’s choice jumper exhibition and cowboy mounted shooting.
More information is available at www.dehorseexpo.com.