SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Fairgoers will have a chance to learn about the lives and needs of horses at the newly revived World of Horses exhibit during the 2022 Great New York State Fair, with opportunities to see these majestic animals up close. In cooperation with SaddleUpNY!, World of Horses will provide training and education to fairgoers, spanning everything from how to keep a horse as a pet, to the knowledge needed for competitions, to what it looks like for horses to engage in police work as well as next career options for race horses. Additionally, the exhibit features information on how to get involved with horses including options for college degrees, career fields, and riding programs.
World of Horses takes place in the barn along Sioux Avenue near Gate 4 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, and from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Labor Day.
Special presentations are as follows:
- Meet the Horses presentations, featuring a rotating list of horses of various breeds, take place daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
- Demonstrations and talks take place at 12 p.m, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Talks will cover topics such as safety around horses, racehorse adoption programs, training topics, and more. A unique set of demonstrations on para-reining will take place the first two days of the exhibit.
- “Law Officer and First Responder Clinic Sessions on ‘Working Safely Around Horses’” will be presented on Monday and Tuesday, August 28 and August 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Toyota Coliseum. This is a partnership between SaddleUpNY!, the New York State Police Mounted Patrol, Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue and One Fine Equine.
State Fair interim Director Sean Hennessey said, “We’ve missed the World of Horses exhibit in recent Fairs, and we’re very excited to have it back. For safety reasons, we can’t let fairgoers tour the horse barns, so this is a great way that they can see these fantastic animals up close. We’re also very pleased to work in cooperation with SaddleUpNY! to be able to highlight the important role that horses play in the lives of New Yorkers, and in our state’s agricultural industry.”
Dr. Karin Bump of SaddleUpNY! said, “We are excited to bring this exhibit back to the Fair and have been overwhelmed by the support of partner organizations and horse owners across the state. There is no better place than the State Fair to promote our industry and encourage new participants to become part of the world of horses. The horse industry has a total economic impact in NY of $5.3 Billion. That’s a big number and a big impact! Perhaps even more important is the social and societal value of horses. We learn more each day about the amazing emotional, physical, and therapeutic benefits of working with horses – they have so much to offer, and we have so much to gain through the horse-human relationship. A big message in this year’s exhibit is that horses are for everyone. We want it to be easier for people to get involved with horses and have first-hand experiences and interactions”
For more information on the World of Horses Exhibit, including the daily schedule and how to sign up for the Law Officer and First Responder Clinic sessions, visit the World of Horses page at the SaddleUpNY! website and the SaddleUpNY Facebook page.
Founded in 1841, the Great New York State Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture, provides top-quality entertainment and is a key piece of the state’s CNY Rising strategy of growing the Central New York economy through tourism. The 2022 Fair begins Wednesday, August 24, and continues through Monday, September 5.
The New York State Fairgrounds is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. Audiences are encouraged to learn more about the Great New York State Fair online, and follow the fun on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Guests are invited to see photos from the Fair on Flickr and ideas are always welcome. New Yorkers are encouraged to send suggestions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
–NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets