meet a horse
In honor of National Meet a Horse Day, the American Horse Council (AHC) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Park Service Park Police, the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), and the Caisson Platoon (the Army’s oldest infantry unit) to introduce people to the world of horses during the USDA’s Farmers Market on July 19.

The Farmers Market takes place at the National Mall on 12th street and is a “living laboratory” for farmers from around the country. Every Friday from May 5 to Oct. 27, more than 30 farmers, ranchers, and small businesses gather to sell their organic produce, flowers, and locally made foods.

“Part of the AHC’s work is to introduce people to horses and increase accessibility not only to the horses themselves but the horse industry, as well,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “We felt this partnership with the USDA’s Farmers Market was a perfect opportunity to have people come meet a horse in a relaxed atmosphere. Summer is a great time for families to connect with their local stables and plan to add horse activities to their schedules.”

“Most city residents no longer have the opportunity to interact with and benefit from horses,” said Victoria Lowell, president of the Washington International Horse Show, which hosts a free Kids’ Day at Capital One Arena on Oct. 26. “Both these programs extend the opportunity to experience the joy of connecting with horses here in our Washington D.C. community.”

You can stop by the Farmers Market on Friday, July 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Use the hashtag #HorsesInDC and #MeetAHorse on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to be featured on the AHC’s social media pages.