Equine Learning Center

2020 Equine Learning Center Report

I hope you are all doing well and are surviving the Covid-19 pandemic.   It is tough not being able to see your friends and relatives.  Becki & I miss not seeing our grandchildren.  Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, it will all be behind us.

We have 3 events that the ELC will be attending this summer.   The first will be in June as we have once again been invited to attend a Lancaster Barnstormers Home game.  We attended last year and except for the storm that came through, all went well.  There were 6 of us that represented the Pennsylvania Equine Council and the ELC.  We had to tear down at the top of the 7th inning so we were out of there by the end of the game as they set off fireworks.  Thank you, Don Newcomer, for taking the lead with this event.

The next event is the 2020 York Fair.  This year the Fair has changed its traditional September dates to July 24th thru August 2nd.   Setup will be July 23rd.  This is our longest event and requires the most volunteers.  We will start building our volunteer schedule in mid to late June.

The last event that is planned at this time is the 2020 Ag-Progress Days which is held just outside of State College, PA.  Ag-Days runs August 11th thru August 13th with setup on the 10th.   This is our most relaxed event.  During this event, we have our PEC Board meeting on Tuesday, the 11th, at 5:30 p.m. in the Blue Barn at the top of the hill where the ELC booth is located.  We encourage our membership to join us at our Board meetings.  We will start building the volunteer schedule for this event in early July.

I just wish to thank our many volunteers.  Those of you that have volunteered over the years have become friends that I look forward to seeing at our different events.  If there are any members that would like to become an ELC volunteer, please send me your contact info and I will add you to our volunteer list.  Please use ELC as the subject for emails.  When you volunteer, your parking and admission are at no cost to you.

Mike Kraft




The Program

The Equine Learning Center (ELC) is the Pennsylvania Equine Council’s (PEC’s) educational program targeted at new and prospective horse owners. It provides handouts of science-based information about the care and costs associated with horse ownership. It also provides valuable facts concerning the unwanted horse problem so potential buyers understand the ramifications of purchasing an equine. The Equine Learning Center debuted at the 2007 Pennsylvania Farm Show. Since then, subsequent Farm Shows, the York Fair, Penn State University’s Ag Progress Days and a horse celebration by the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh have hosted our program. In 2015, the Bloomsburg Fair has agreed to host our ELC.

The Stars

The stars of the Equine Learning Center are the live horses. These patient partners-in-teaching stand quietly while hundreds of eager little and not-so-little hands stroke and pat them. The ELC is built so that children young and old can safely touch our equine friend. To make this possible we have built a deck attached to a 3-rail fence. On the deck there is a large step along the fence on which the children stand to pet the horse. This system safely keeps the children from getting stepped on and also prevents them from slipping beneath or behind the horse.

The Display

The display at the ELC touches on basic care, including teeth and hooves. It also has an assortment of equine related accessories and equipment. There is a quiz book that tests the equestrian’s knowledge.

A real equine skull is the Station’s second-biggest attraction. This skeleton teaches about equine teeth, brain location, shape of the horse’s mouth and how the use of a bit has developed over time to accommodate the natural large gap between the incisors and the molars.

Agriculture is the largest industry in Pennsylvania and the fastest growing segment of that industry is involved with equines. The PEC strives to help the equine community in our Commonwealth grow and thrive. The ELC, by reaching new and prospective horse owners, allows the PEC to distribute information addressing responsible ownership, costs, basic care and shelter as well as liability issues, nutrient management and accountability in land use and stewardship.



The PEC would also like to thank this year’s sponsors for helping the ELC grow!

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Assembling the Equine Learning Center

Equine Learning Center Photo Gallery — 2020 Farm Show