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Horseless Horse Shows' planned for Critz Farms

The Syracuse Invitational and Critz Farms are teaming up to offer a new activity at Critz farms--Horseless Horse shows. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to run and jump through a pre-determined course of mini-horse jumps from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 17 and 24.

A horseless horse show is like a regular horse show, but without the horses. A competitor does everything a horse and rider would do at a regular horse show, but on foot rather than on horse. Fences and distances are adjusted for various age groups.

Show Manager Marissa Grabowski, a Cazenovia College equine business management senior, is completing this project as a component of her senior internship. She is responsible for all aspects of the event and sets the course compatible with the age groups, determines the prizes for participants and answers questions about this show as well as the Syracuse Invitational Horse Show. Prizes include medals, stickers and discount tickets to the Invitational events.

Critz Farms, located on Route 13 just outside of Cazenovia, is a family farm operation that centers on diversified agriculture with a family entertainment focus. The Fall Harvest Celebration is in full swing and each paid admission provides unlimited free return visits throughout the season. Activities include the Firetruck Corn Maze, animal petting area, live music and entertainment, food service, cow train ride, wagon rides, pick your own pumpkins and much more. Please visit critzfarms.com/fall.html.

The Syracuse invitational Sporthorse Tournament is scheduled Nov. 2 to 7 in downtown Syracuse at the Oncenter complex. Competition tickets are on sale now for the Syracuse Invitational through the Oncenter Box Office and Ticketmaster.

For a full list of events, activities and updates to the schedules, visit SyracuseInvitational.com.

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