Denton County is the self-proclaimed Lexington, Ky., of Texas when it comes to the equine industry.
It is the home to more than 26,000 horses, which sustains numerous related businesses and professions, such as breeders, trainers, boarding facilities, veterinary services, forage production and many more.
To enhance public awareness of this tremendous county industry and its impact on the local economy, the Denton County Extension Horse Committee is sponsoring a “Horse Industry Tour” on Oct. 6. The tour will showcase four premier equine operations in Denton County representing the diversity of this industry.
Some of the stops will offer demonstrations and the opportunity to visit and ask questions with the owners, managers and trainers.
This is a much different tour concept as compared to those offered in Kentucky, which do not allow on-and-off-the-bus experiences.
The participants must view the farm from the tour bus or from outside the farm perimeter with no hands-on experiences.
The Denton County tour gives the participants a close view and the opportunity to have personal interaction with the farm staff and animals.
Some of the tour stops offered this year include Hillcrest Farms in Argyle and Riding Unlimited in Ponder.
Valor Farm and Edgewood/Lanning will also participate in the tour this year.
Registration is $25 per person, which includes bus transportation, refreshments and lunch. Space is limited to the first 52 paid participants with advance registration due by Sept. 28.
For more information, call the Denton County AgriLife Extension Office at 940-349-2880 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail registration with payment (checks payable to Denton County Horse Committee) to 306 N. Loop 288, Suite 222, Denton, TX 76209.
LEE STANDLEY is County Extension Agent for the Texas AgriLife Extension — Denton County. For more information, call 940-349-2880.