Horse Breeds Showcase

September 1 - 13
Please note, The Fair is closed Tuesdays & 9/6

Location: Livestock Barn M

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Discover horse breeds from around the world. Visit with their representatives and learn about these horses: ​Friesians, Appaloosas, Arabians, Curly, Paint, and Icelandic.

Icelandic: Dreki, a Norse dragonship, is "sailing" to Puyallup from Iceland with a cargo of rare Icelandic horses. Come meet the steeds that Thor and Odin rode. Learn about their unique gaits - the tolt and the flying pace.

Appaloosa: An American original developed by the Nez Perce in the inland Northwest, the Appaloosa horse is rich with heritage and history. Developed with the stamina, agility and heart to carry warriors into battle, yet remain gentle and trustworthy with the children of tribe, these characteristics remain deeply integrated within the breed today. The Appaloosa offers something for everyone - from the variety of their unique coat patterns to their versatility and capabilities inside and outside the performance arena. Get a case of spots before your eyes…visit with our colorful horses, learn about their culture and history and discover there are no limits to what they can do!

Arabian: For thousands of years, Arabians lived among the desert tribes of the Arabian Peninsula, bred by the Bedouins as war mounts for long treks and quick forays into enemy camps. In these harsh desert conditions evolved the Arabian with its large lung capacity and incredible endurance. The severe climate required the nomads to share food and water, and sometimes even their tents with their horses. As a result, Arabians developed a close affinity to man and a high intelligence. Even today the purebred Arabian is virtually the same as that ridden in ancient Arabia. Arabians now display their athletic talents in a variety of disciplines from English to Western, with the Arabian positioned as the undisputed champion of endurance events. For more information please visit us at The Fair.

American Paint Horse: The American Paint Horse is a breed of horse that combines both the conformational characteristics of a western stock horse with a pinto spotting pattern of white and dark color coats. The Paint Horse shares a common ancestry with with the American Quarter Horse and the Thoroughbred. “Paints” are known for their versatility, level-headed temperament, and beautiful unique markings. No two are ever alike! You can find Paints competing at the Quarter track, rodeos, jumping, dressage, Western and English events, and Gymkhanas. Paints make steady mounts for parades, recreational riding on mountain and urban trails, and ranch work. Come learn about the different Paint patterns and pick up a poster of your favorite (while supplies last).

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