Wilberforce celebrates the horse's birthday in style

Race, trot or canter down to the ‘mane’ event as The Australiana Pioneer Village at Wilberforce hosts a birthday celebration for its horses on Sunday, August 3. 

Special events for the day include a visit from the A-Troop Australian Light Horse, horse and carriage rides, the involvement of the Donkey Society of NSW, the presence of a horse whisperer and a trick pony.

These are in addition to a number of activities regularly on offer for the family at the village, including train rides, sheep shearing, blacksmith and woodcraft demonstrations, as well as plenty of picnic areas.

Travel back to our colonial past, and check out the historic buildings on site. 

Many were built in the late 1800s, such as the Atkins blacksmith shop built in 1862, or Riverstone general store from 1860.

You can also do some vintage shopping at the lolly shop, which in a twist of irony is located within Kenso Cottage, the former home of a local dentist.

The Pioneer Village was re-opened on Australia Day 2011 after 10 years of closure, thanks to community support. Since then it has been the host of a number events, with many more planned.

Some of these future events include a re-enactment and commemoration of Australia’s involvement in World War I on August 10, and an Australian wildlife display.

■ The Australiana Pioneer Village is on Rose Street, Wilberforce and is open every Sunday from 10am-4pm. More information is available on their website at www.theaustralianapioneervillage.com.au.

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