July 6, 2011

Horse Progress Days: Part I

As many of you already know, Cedar Knoll participated in Horse Progress Days this year with Danny & Dakota. We had the dubious job of shuttling visitors (an estimated 16,000+ over the two days!) with nine other teams. Danny & Dakota got one heck of a work out, going from 7am to 6:30 pm (with the appropriate rest breaks, of course). This years HPD event was held in Kinzers, PA at Henry King's massive farm. For those of you who have no idea what Horse Progress Days is, it is an annual event, held in various Amish communities, that can best be described as an Amish trade show. The very latest horse drawn farming equipment is demonstrated for the masses, and approximately 250 vendors set up under the tents and sell their stuff, from equipment to harnesses, furniture to food. What a time!

Photos: Top: Danny & Dakota on our Pioneer Wagon, shuttling people. Cowboy outriders acted as crowd control, when the crowds bothered to be controlled!
Second: "Soda Mules" - a team of four mini mules, selling bottle water and soda.
Third: Horses demonstrating one of numerous treadmills. This particular treadmill operated a well pump - the one behind it powered a log splitter.
Fourth: A mule team of 12, on a four bottom plow.
Bottom: Danny & Dakota resting at the hitching rail, next to a mini Soda Pony and a larger driving pony.


  1. Oh darn, I totally meant to go to that! And it was only about 20 minutes from my house. Looks like so much fun!

  2. 20 minutes??? Had I known, i would have made plans to come visit at some point! (like after dark...the days were long!!! lol) Maybe next time I am in New Holland, I'll look you up and visit your studio, if you have the time!

  3. Looks like a great time. I wish there were something similar here. And those mules are as cute as bugs! I want them!! :)