Mackinac Island's Festival of the Horse

Cancelled for 2020

The Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse is a two-day celebration of the four-legged creature Mackinac is known for. Most festival events take place at or near the Michigan Horse Council Arena located at the Borough Lot below Grand Hotel.

Here is sampling of activities for this festival. Check back for 2021.


3pm Rehearsal for Saturday’s Equestrian Freestyles, at the Michigan Horse Council Arena on the Borough Lot below Grand Hotel

6:30-7pm Come to the Round Island Bar and Grill balcony deck at Mission Point to enjoy a narrated start of the Festival of the Horse Carriage and Saddle Parade. Learn about the carriages and participants for a beautiful vantage point!

7pm Carriage and Saddle Horse Parade begins and Mission Point and runs through downtown Main Street


All activities on Saturday are at the Michigan Horse Council Arena on the Borough Lot below Grand Hotel

10am Clinic with Betsy Van Dyke, Learning Musical Freestyle 101

11:15am Driving demonstration and history of carriages with Island carriages and drivers

2pm $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, 5 and under are free, breeds of Mackinac Presentation & Musical Performances by Betsy Van Dyke on her Danish Warmblood Tanner, Maryanke Alexander on her Friesian Regina and Michelle Stuck on her Friesian Gysbert performing to Let It Go from Disney's "Frozen"

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Last Updated: 09-13-2022 07:52 PM ID: 1585