Pet a Pony!

What’s better than petting a pony?

Nothing, most kids would say!

Photo above courtesy of Cyndi Peterson

Children have the opportunity to hang out with these four-legged friends this coming Wednesday, June 24 at the free Pet a Pony Day in Raleigh.

A feature event of the North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Annual Horse Show, the eighth annual Pet a Pony Day will allow kids to get up-close with equine pals as they pet real ponies thanks to the North Carolina Horse Council, Shepherd Youth Ranch and Horses That Heal.

They’ll also learn about horse health and care from students at the NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine, watch show jumping, and see certified farrier Joey Hite at work during horseshoeing demos at 10 and 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.

Event admission and parking are free, and the coliseum and petting area are wheelchair accessible. Youngsters from the NCHJA, 4H, Pony Club and area high schools serve as guides and hosts for this event.

Pet a Pony Day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex, located at 4601 Trinity Road, Raleigh.

Photo above courtesy of Tory Hoft

Also, the NCHJA Annual Horse Show takes place at the Hunt Horse Complex every day from Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28, with special classes set for Friday and Saturday evenings. Spectators are welcome, and admission is free throughout the show.

For more information, visit or call (919) 676-8293.

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