Sorry it took me so long to
do part 2 of
Heritage Days In Amish Country.
(if you missed it you can see Part 1 here)
There were so many pictures
to choose from it was hard to
decide which ones to leave out!
After Hubby and I watched the parade
and the buggy races that day
we headed home to take
We're getting old...what can I say.
We went back later in the afternoon
just in time to see the
On the way over to the horse grounds
we stopped to listen to some
blue grass music.
They had different groups playing
off and on all day
which was really nice.
The horse games were fun to watch.
Amish and 'English'
adults and children all joined in
for some good old fashioned fun.
This woman and her horse were
fascinating to watch...
The rider was fearless...the horse tried hard.
In the above picture she is trying to get that
grain sack into a barrel
but her horse wasn't having any of it .
Below she finally gave up
since she was being timed and
moved on to the next obstacle.
Next was to cross what they called
a cattle crossing.
He did much better with that.
Next they had to kick that big ball
through a goal post.
They made good time with that one.
They then had to run over to a pen...
untie a pony and...
....hand the pony off to the little
They then ran over to a stack of straw bales...
...where she had to lift the top bale
and carry it over to another pile and
set it on top...with out dropping it
or knocking the pile over.
They did great!
Next she had to race over to a log
and get her horse to jump it.
As you can see ....he had no trouble
with that at all.
There were a lot of competitors
in this race.
The little fellow who was handed
the pony rope each time
proudly lead his
when that part of the competition was over.
They then had a different course to master.
Plastic bags moving in the wind
seemed to really make some of the horses
nervous. This young fellow was riding
a nice little horse who liked to jump.
The same girl I photo'd before
had a good jump here!
This fellow above rode a small mule...
I have never seen another animal
try so hard for it's master.
These two had a ball
and they were in just about every
competition there was!
This young 'momma to be'
was in a few events.
In this one she was dragging a log
through an obstacle course...
she was very careful.
The photo above was of a hilarious
event where two teams of two
riders entered the ring...
one pulling a pack horse.
The pack horse is loaded up with
camping gear and each team has to
unload the gear...stake out the horses...
set up camp with bedding and chairs
and then split wood until
they have 10 pieces for a fire.
Then they have to run to a bucket
and get water for coffee.
They don't have to start a fire or make coffee!
Then they have to sit and drink "coffee"...
get onto sleeping bags then pack up
camp and race back to the finish line!
The picture above was all I had room for
and you can see they were having fun
as gear spilled out of their packs as they
trotted to their camps.
I was laughing so hard...you
didn't know which team to look at
as everything was happening at once
and so fast!
The next games were
fun to watch too.
This little fellow stood on a barrel
and waited for his daddy to come and
He stood on that barrel
so straight and tall
and totally trusted his
daddy to pick him up
and swing him onto the horse.
And off they raced to the finish line!
Calf roping was next and it
was a 'free for all'!
See the cowboy on the left?
He's the fellow riding the mule.
You can see his lasso he threw
just in front of him.
Regular cowboys having fun.
Who says you have to ride
a horse to be a cowboy!
Last but by not least by any means
Now this is where the Amish
really show their fun and
This young man in the blue shirt
above and below
could really ride that horse...
he was all over that ball
and his horse!
Even the cowboy couldn't keep
up with him.
I bet each and everyone of those
people slept well that night.
It was a wonderful day.
It's hard to believe that it's
over for another year.
It's sad to see it end ...but next week
is the State Fair.
here I come!
Is your State Fair