The event takes place on the grounds of Johnson’s Orchards & Peaks of Otter Winery 1410 Elmos Rd, Bedford Va 24523
Horse And Hound Events
Lure Coursing There will be a demonstration of Lure Coursing given by Laura Cormier. Lure coursing is a humane sport which re- creates the chase of the hare by the pursuing hound. The "bunny" consists of strips of white plastic attached to a continuous loop line that runs through a series of pulleys to simulate the zigzag path of a rabbit on the run. After the demo, all dogs that attend the festival are invited to try the course. See Photos
Supervised activities for children simulating rodeo games and quiet games include:
games such as, cornhole, stickhorse races, hand-painting a horse, duck pond with
prizes, active games similar to horse activities. Crafts such as foam book-marks
and fans to decorate with stickers, markers, glue, glitter, etc. Face painting, tattoos. A
tent for shade with seating will be provided for caretakers while children are playing. Supervision
by the staff and volunteers of Brook Hill Farm Rehabilitation and Rescue.
Sharp Dressed Pet Contest 11am to 2:30pm You know … everybody’s crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed pet! So while you and your special BFF (Best Furry Friend) are checking out all the fun at the Horse and Hound Wine Festival, be sure to stop by the All-American Mutt Rescue booth and enter the Sharp Dressed Pet Contest. We’ll provide articles of clothing for you to dress your pet, then we’ll take a photo of your sharp dressed pet, and during the Daredevil Dogs and Divas Contest at 2:45, the judges will also pick the top Sharp Dressed Pet for 2017! We will have hats, sunglasses, t-shirts, shorts, tank tops, swimwear and more for you to pick from. Oh … and did we mention that you will have 2 minutes to dress your pet? You can find the All-American Mutt Rescue booth on the back row of vendors, close to the horse ring! Stop by and join the fun! And be sure to enter your talented pet in the Daredevil Dogs and Divas contest too! Daredevil Dogs and Divas We’re looking for pets that can dance, beg, shake hands, catch a Frisbee, play dead, smile, speak, sing, take a bow, or do something really amazing. Can your pet do a single trick or do an entire dance routine? We want to see athletic tricks, entertaining tricks, and tricks that make you go “WOW”.
There will be Frisbees and tennis balls available but feel free to bring your own props for performances. Do you and your pet share the same fashion sense and dress alike for special occasions, holidays, or parades? Strut your stuff!!! Bring your best tricks, costumes, and talents and show off a little! There will be impartial judges who recognize style and talent and who may or may not be influenced by crowd reaction. Various Horse Events
Wow come out and see some jousting! Thank you to Natural Chimneys for coming all this way to join us! A little about jousting: The First Jousters Jousting and other forms of weapons training can be traced back to the Middle Ages and the rise of the use of the heavy cavalry (armored warriors on horseback)–the primary battlefield weapons of the day. The feudal system then in place required rich landowners and nobles to provide knights to fight for their king during war. Jousting provided these knights with practical, hands-on preparation in horsemanship, accuracy and combat simulations that kept them in fighting shape between battles. However, what was initially intended purely as military training quickly became a form of popular entertainment. The first recorded reference to a jousting tournament was in 1066 (coincidentally the same year as the Battle of Hastings and the Norman conquest of England), and within a century they had become so widespread that a series of regulations were established limiting the number of jousts that could be held, lest the king’s armies be otherwise occupied when an actual conflict arose. These tournaments, like all courtly celebrations, were highly formal events. Months before a competition, nobles would need to obtain the necessary royal permit, issue challenges to fellow landowners and select their most skilled knights to fight. In some instances, they would hire a jouster who was not committed to any other master (or liege) and was available to fight for the highest bidder. These temporary employees became known as “freelancers,” a term still in use today. It was quite common for successful jousters to become immensely popular. Medieval heralds, quite like today’s sports journalists, promoted the events through poems and songs and helped spread the jousters’ fame. In many ways, these knights were the star athletes of their day. Just like with today’s modern-day athletes and sports franchises, rivalries soon formed as the knights fought each other again and again while traveling the jousting “circuit.” But the knights did not just joust for pride and glory, there was more on the line. The most successful jousters could receive gifts of money, land and titles from a grateful liege.