We have been asked to potentially be prepared to do a short demo promoting the versatility of a draft horse. Historically, the crowds are quite large (100's?). It will be a new experience for us. I think it is a great opportunity to promote the big guys though, so we agreed. I have googled "draft horse versatility" type videos and such, but everything has EITHER driving, logging demo, pulling contest, OR riding somehow. I can't find any demo that presents true versatility--how the same horse is capable of more than one thing.
Meanwhile, I have to come up with a plan that will fill the time slot they assign us (they are thinking 40-50 minutes, but TBD), and I believe it has to be done each day for 3 days. Discussions have involved things such ground driving a harnessed team into the arena, doing some simple obstacles/backing/etc, hitching to and pulling something heavy like a log, hitching to a forecart to grade the arena, then unhitching the team and putting a single into shafts to pull a carriage around briefly. Next possibly unharnessing, saddling, and giving a brief riding demo. I'm even considering the idea of having my tiny little 9 year old daughter show her skills with one of the boys--either on the ground or riding him, to demonstrate their gentle nature. All this would be narrated.
This has just come up today, so I haven't been able to give it much thought, but I thought I'd throw it out to you guys. I want to represent the industry in a good light. What would you do as a presenter? If you were a spectator, what would you like to see? GO!