Heritage and rare breed animals
No fair or exposition is complete without farm animals! In Vermont's agricultural economy animals have, for more than two centuries, worked in partnership with men and women to clear and change the landscape.
The oxen, sheep, pigs, horses, goats, cattle, and poultry raised by early settlers in America were not necessarily the same animals that we now see on farms. Most of today's livestock are hybrids, intentionally bred to provide farmers with the highest economic benefit.
For the past three decades, there has been growing interest in preserving the genetics of historic breeds. Many of the older breeds were developed for practical characteristics. They thrived on marginal feed, were resistant to diseases, had good mothering instincts, and could withstand temperature extremes. These rare older breeds, capable of thriving on the poorest land, are becoming increasingly important to sustainable farming systems.
Morgan Horse Demonstrations
During Expo years, visitors can join breeders, owners, and riders of Vermont's state horse—the Morgan—as they explore the history and versatility of these wonderful animals. Morgans are shown in-hand, ridden, and driven in demonstrations that show off their strengths, personalities, and talents. You can even meet the horses! Get your picture taken! And get all your Morgan questions answered.
Throughout Expo 2016, the Vermont Morgan Horse Association shared exhibits and information in the stable area.