All Things Equine

Empire Farm Days and Layden Fence & Livestock Systems co-sponsor the Equine Center Round Pen demonstrations, which are offered daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with a different presenter each day. Show visitors can register to win a saddle at the Empire Farm Days Equine Center.

From ponies to Percherons, horse trainer Dave Ayers has worked with nearly every breed of equine. On Tuesday, August 6, Ayers will share his experience with safely harnessing draft horses.

Ayers says he stresses safety when handling the large draft and draft-style horses, such as Haflingers.

"I enjoy helping other people enjoy horses and avoid accidents by knowing the proper techniques to keep themselves, their horses and the public safe," Ayers says.

Ayers, who operates a farm in Caledonia, N.Y., is one of only five people in the U.S. certified to evaluate Haflinger horse conformation and one of only three classifiers of the Gypsy Vanner horses.

On Wednesday, August 7, trainers Emma and Jack Minteer will demonstrate From Wild to Mild, their program for gentling and training America's mustangs.

Emma Minteer will work with Chinks, the wild horse she adopted after training him for the 2012 Extreme Mustang Makeover competition. She will demonstrate some of the techniques that allowed her to tame the wild horse and make him into a steady saddle horse and companion.

Jack Minteer is a trainer for the Mustang Million competition in Fort Worth, Texas, in September. Jack uses the same gentle but firm training principles as his father, Dave Minteer, known as western New York's Horse Whisperer. After a 30-year bull-riding career, Jack now competes in reined cow horse events and starts colts for all disciplines.

Emma and Jack own and operate Rose Hill Ranch in Naples, N.Y., where they offer training, lessons, boarding, colt starting, problem-solving and clinics. They will be featured in "Running Wild," an independent film currently in production for release this fall.

The couple has plans to expand their facilities to provide at-risk children with horsemanship training.

On Thursday, August 8, Stasia Newell will offer live horse demonstrations - Controlling Your Horse's Feet Part I: Groundwork at 11 a.m., and Controlling Your Horse's Feet Part II: On the Horse at 2 p.m. Newell has loved horses all her life, and now she shares that love through instructing others in natural horsemanship.