Equine Affaire Press Room

06 13

New Owner Taking the Reins at Equine Affaire

LONDON, OH, June 13, 2018 — On the heels of celebrating its 25th year in Ohio at the event in Columbus last April Equine Affaire has just reached yet another major milestone—the sale of the company.  As of June 1st Eugenia Snyder, Equine Affaire’s founder and President announced her retirement and transition of the ownership and management of Equine Affaire, Inc. to the company’s Vice President and Executive Producer, Coagi Long.

“When I initially began work on the first Equine Affaire back in 1993, the show was nothing more than a ‘good idea,’” Eugenia Snyder explained. The idea for an event that would bring all facets of the horse industry together in an education-oriented, noncompetitive environment was soon enthusiastically embraced by horse people and horse businesses alike, and Equine Affaire quickly evolved into a multi-faceted, must-attend show serving the horse community.

Today Equine Affaire enjoys a solid reputation and place in the horse industry thanks to the participation and support of countless clinicians, presenters, performers, farm owners, associations, organizations, retailers, manufacturers, sponsors, and horse people from all walks of equestrian life.  “For the past 26 years it has been my sincere pleasure to work with countless individuals and organizations on the 57 events produced since 1994,” Eugenia continued. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished together and will always feel deeply indebted to everyone who has supported the educational mission of Equine Affaire through their participation.

“Though I will truly miss being involved in Equine Affaire and working with the many wonderful people who participate in and attend the events, I am very excited to see how both the company and events evolve in the future under Coagi’s leadership,” Eugenia said.  “Coagi Long has been with Equine Affaire for nearly 15 years, and her extensive event production and management experience make her uniquely qualified for her new role as the President and owner of Equine Affaire, Inc. Given her long-time involvement in the company, extensive skills, demonstrated dedication, and significant experience serving as the Executive Producer at recent events, I expect that the transition in ownership of Equine Affaire, Inc. will be seamless.”

“It is a privilege to take the reins and carry Equine Affaire forward as we continue to produce the nation’s premiere equine expositions and equestrian gatherings for which we have become known,” shared Coagi. “Not only is this a new chapter for Equine Affaire, but also a celebration as we reflect upon all that has been accomplished over the past 26 years both as a company and a cornerstone in the industry.”

At this time no major changes in the company’s direction or events are on the immediate horizon. The upcoming Equine Affaires in Massachusetts and Ohio will take place November 8-11, 2018, and April 11-14. 2019.  “I am leaving the company that I created in 1993 and my many wonderful friends at Equine Affaire with a wealth of happy memories and total confidence that Equine Affaire will flourish in the years ahead,” Eugenia remarked. “I have so much to be thankful for and I expect that Equine Affaire will continue to be an asset to horse people and the horse community alike. In the meantime, I am ‘headed out to pasture’ for some rest and recreation—seeking some tall grass, the company of good herd mates, and a great place to roll and take in the view. Spend enough time with horses and you inevitably end up looking at things from their perspective!”

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04 26

The 2018 Equine Affaire in Ohio Marked 25 Years of Service to Horse People and the Horse Industry

LONDON, OH, April 26, 2018—Equine Affaire’s “Silver Anniversary” event took place April 12-15 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus and offered what North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering has become famous for:  an educational program that is second-to-none, the largest horse-related trade show in the nation, top equine entertainment and competition, and endless opportunities to experience, buy, and sell horses of all types. Tens of thousands of horse people from throughout the Midwest and from as far away as Arizona and Canada travelled to Columbus to see, feel, touch, compare, try on, experience and even smell the horse world in person . . . to share their love of horses with others who have the same passion.  For four full days they enjoyed first-hand opportunities to witness great horses, learn from top equestrians, shop for all things equine, research, connect, hang out with fellow horse people and immerse themselves in the world of horses.

The 2018 event in Columbus represented the 25th event produced in Ohio and the 57th event produced nationwide by the show’s parent company, Equine Affaire, Inc., based in London, OH.  “Our production team has worked incredibly hard over the past 25 years to produce events designed to serve the needs of both horse people and the horse industry overall, and I think we have a lot to be proud of,” explained Eugenia Snyder, the event’s founder and company President. “We did some estimates of what we have produced and realized that roughly 5,750 clinics, seminars and demos have been presented at the Ohio Equine Affaires alone and more than 1,650 clinicians and presenters have been featured. More than 40 breeds of horses from all corners of the world have been showcased at Equine Affaire in Ohio, and horse people have been treated to 21 different productions of the Fantasia.

“But beyond the actual numbers, the true impact of 25 Equine Affaires on horse people and the horse industry is incalculable,” Eugenia continued.  “Hundreds of thousands of horse people have travelled from throughout the United States and numerous foreign countries to attend and enjoy the shows.  Many thousands of horse-related businesses, organizations and associations have benefited by exhibiting at Equine Affaire.  The events have touched the lives of horse people young and old—and individuals representing virtually all equestrian disciplines and breeds.”

When work initially began on the first Equine Affaire back in 1993, the show was nothing more than a “good idea.”  That idea for an event that would bring all facets of the horse industry together in an education-oriented, noncompetitive environment was soon enthusiastically embraced by horse people and horse businesses alike, and Equine Affaire quickly evolved into a multi-faceted, must-attend show serving the horse community. Today Equine Affaire enjoys a solid reputation and place in the horse industry thanks to the participation and support over the past 25 years of clinicians, presenters, performers, farm owners, associations, organizations, retailers, manufacturers, sponsors, and horse people from all walks of equestrian life.

“We are deeply indebted to the vast number of horse-related businesses, breed associations, and horse people who have supported Equine Affaire’s mission through their participation and we look forward to continuing our productive partnerships with all members of the horse community in the years ahead,” Eugenia said, “We are committed to improving our understanding and appreciation of horses and improving their lives through the education of their owners and handlers.”

The 2018 Equine Affaire in Ohio was yet another huge success for those who made their way to Columbus.  Nearly 250 clinics, seminars, and demos were presented over the four days of the event, and the trade show featured more than 320 exhibitors.  The volume of consignors at The Marketplace consignment shop increased by 22% this year resulting in a huge increase in both items consigned and items sold. Hundreds of event attendees took their “first rides” through the Time to Ride program co-presented with the American Horse Council.   Twelve teams and 115 riders participated in the first Interscholastic Equestrian Association Western Horse Show presented on Sunday at Equine Affaire, and 10 colleges and 13 industry groups joined forces to produce a new Career/College fair and scavenger hunt enjoyed by dozens of students on Saturday at the event.  The new Your Farm Forum featured in the Bricker Annex proved to be very popular—with the bleachers full for many of the seminars and demos presented on farm and stable-related topics.

Martin Schwartz aboard “Show Me Sterling” of Milton, KY rode his way to the champion title of the 2018 Versatile Horse & Rider Competition on Friday afternoon at Equine Affaire.  Second place was claimed by Jason Charles of Dillsburg, PA riding “Colonel Smoken”,  while Brenda Hanson of Andover, OH, received third place and Zoe Woodland of Orient, OH, captured fourth.

Of course the true focus of every Equine Affaire is obviously horses, and there were plenty of ways to discover and appreciate the amazing diversity of the horse world at the Breed Pavilion, Horse & Farm Exhibits and breed demos scheduled throughout the weekend. Equine Affaire attendees were able to get up close and personal with equines from miniatures to drafts, gaited to easy gaited breeds, and stock horses to sport horses. More than two dozen exhibitors participated in the Breed Pavilion, and reps from a wide variety of horse, pony, color, and breed associations and registries were on hand to answer questions and share their exceptional horses. The Horse & Farms Exhibits and For Sale stall program realized a big increase this year–with a 48% increase in the number of stalls leased in this important feature of the event!

Outstanding equine and equestrian acts including Dan James, Tommie Turvey, the Zoppes, Christine Drentwett, the Canadian Cowgirls Drill Team, Nicole Harrington, and a host of others created an evening of unforgettable entertainment at the 2018 Fantasia sponsored by Absorbine®. Equine Affaire’s popular “musical celebration of the horse” once again showcased the beauty, diversity, talent, and spirit of horses of a great variety of breeds and disciplines with just the right mix of comedy, drama, action, stunning horses, phenomenal horsemanship, and great music

Presenting a program as extensive as the one at Equine Affaire is very costly, and we are truly grateful to the many companies and organizations that underwrite production expenses through their generous sponsorships.  We extend our most heartfelt thanks to Absorbine®, Rod’s, US Equestrian, Equine Equipment, Farnam, Nutramax, Wahl, and the dozens of other outstanding companies and organizations that endorsed the mission of Equine Affaire through their sponsorship support.

Visit equineaffaire.com for detailed information on the 2018 Equine Affaire in W. Springfield, MA, that will take place November 8-11, and mark your calendars for the 2019 show in Columbus, OH, scheduled for April 11-14.

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04 02

The 2018 Equine Affaire: 25 Years in the Making

LONDON, OH, April 2, 2018— Horsepeople of all levels of expertise from 4-H riders, Pony Clubbers, and others just beginning their riding careers to accomplished equestrians, trainers, and equine professionals will be able to immerse themselves in “all things equine” at the 2018 Equine Affaire scheduled to take place April 12th through the 15th at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.  This year’s event will be the 25th show in Ohio and the 57th Equine Affaire produced nationwide by Equine Affaire, Inc., a small company based in London, Ohio.

When work initially began on the first Equine Affaire back in 1993, the show was nothing more than one person’s “good idea.”  That idea for an event that would bring all facets of the horse industry together in an education-oriented, noncompetitive environment was soon enthusiastically embraced by horse people and horse businesses alike, and Equine Affaire quickly evolved into a multi-faceted, must-attend show serving the horse community.

“It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since we produced our first event at the Hara Arena Complex in Dayton, Ohio” explained Eugenia Snyder, President and founder of Equine Affaire, Inc.  “I created this event with the hope of bringing horse people affiliated with all different breeds and disciplines together so that we could share our passion for horses and learn from one another.  The success of Equine Affaire over the years is a real tribute to the hard work and dedication of a lot of horse people and horse-related businesses that have participated in and supported the event since its inception.  We’ve accomplished a lot together and have created an institution that benefits horses, horse people, and the horse industry overall.”

Today Equine Affaire enjoys a solid reputation and place in the horse industry thanks to the participation and support over the past 25 years of countless clinicians, presenters, performers, farm owners, associations, organizations, retailers, manufacturers, sponsors, and horse people from all walks of equestrian life.  The exact impact of Equine Affaire is difficult to measure, but the 56 events that have been produced since the first show in March of 1994 have clearly touched the lives of many hundreds of thousands of horse people and several thousand horse businesses and organizations throughout the nation. Along the way they have also served an even larger and perhaps more important goal of improving our understanding and appreciation of horses and improving their lives through the education of their owners and handlers. Equine Affaire is aptly named—as it continues to be a celebration of our love of horses.

Equine Affaire’s “Silver Anniversary” event will offer what Equine Affaire has become famous for:  an educational program that is second-to-none, the largest horse-related trade show in this hemisphere, top equine entertainment and competition, and endless opportunities to experience, buy, and sell horses of all types. Whether you are just becoming involved with horses or you’re a seasoned veteran of the horse world, your destination of choice this spring will be Equine Affaire—North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering.

At a time when so much of what we do and experience is through online avenues, Equine Affaire offers the grand alternative to see, feel, touch, compare, try on, experience and even smell the horse world in person . . . to share one’s love of horses with others who feel the same.  Equine Affaire is about first-hand opportunities to witness great horses, learn from top equestrians, shop for all things equine, research, connect, hang out with fellow horse people and immerse one’s self in the world of horses.

At the heart of Equine Affaire is an educational program designed to help horsemen of all riding and driving persuasions reach their equestrian goals at home, on the trail, or in a competitive arena. Hundreds of clinics, seminars and demos by many of the foremost trainers, coaches, competitors, judges, TV personalities, and industry professionals will be presented in seven venues.  Clinic topics will cover the gamut from the English disciplines of dressage, jumping, eventing, driving, English pleasure and hunter under saddle through the western sports of reining, western horsemanship, barrel racing, contesting, and trail.

New riders and horse owners of all ages may also acquire basic horse and horsemanship expertise through demos, video presentations, interactive exhibits, and special activities at Equine Affaire’s Equine Fundamentals Forum sponsored by Nutramax.  And, if you’ve never ridden a horse or haven’t ridden in a long time, you’ll have an opportunity to connect or reconnect with horses this spring. Equine Affaire is partnering with the American Horse Council’s Time to Ride program to provide opportunities for new and aspiring horse lovers to have their first encounter with a horse—to learn about the basics of horses, horse care, horsemanship, and to actually ride a horse for the first time.

Equine Affaire is expanding its educational offerings this year with the introduction of the Your Farm Forum, sponsored by Equine Equipment and located in the Bricker Annex.  This new specialty area will include a range of farm and stable-related exhibitors as well as a seminar stage featuring sessions focusing on the horse’s home and environment and covering a wide range of topics for owners of horse farms of all sizes. Discover ways you can improve your equine operation and horse’s world and learn about other farm activities and animals.

Students hoping to pursue equine-related studies and careers will be able to research college programs and career options by participating in a new Career/College Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, April 14. The hunt will be an engaging way to meet a variety of industry professionals and college representatives.

Of course the true focus of Equine Affaire is obviously horses, and you’ll find plenty of ways to discover and appreciate the amazing diversity of the horse world in the Breed Pavilion, Horse & Farm Exhibits, and breed demos throughout the weekend. Get up close and personal with equines from miniatures to drafts, gaited to easy gaited breeds, and stock horses to sport horses. Representatives of dozens of horse, pony, color, and breed associations and registries will be on hand to answer your questions and share their exceptional horses with you.

Equine Affaire’s popular test of horsemanship, the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, will once again be an entertaining as well as educational part of the event.  Up to 25 pre-selected horse and rider teams will race through a challenging obstacle course in the coliseum on Friday, April 13, in pursuit of $5500 and the coveted title of Versatile Horse & Rider Competition Champion. The VHRC is open to adult riders of all disciplines and horses of all breeds and has evolved over the years into one of the most popular features of Equine Affaire.

A second competition has been added to the schedule for the Silver Anniversary Equine Affaire.  An Interscholastic Equestrian Association Western Horse Show will take place on Sunday from 9:00am-2:30pm in Cooper Arena and feature youth competitors representing schools from throughout the region.  The show will not only highlight the abilities of youth competitors, but will also provide an opportunity for high school students to learn about the IEA and how they can become involved in showing horses.

Outstanding equine and equestrian acts from throughout the United States are slated to perform at Equine Affaire’s popular musical celebration of the horse – the Fantasia – to create an evening of fabulous and affordable entertainment. The 2018 Fantasia will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the coliseum and is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Absorbine®. As the entertainment cornerstone of Equine Affaire, the Fantasia showcases the beauty, diversity, talent, and spirit of horses of a great variety of breeds and disciplines and provides the perfect ending to a busy day of activities at Equine Affaire. With just the right mix of comedy, drama, action, stunning horses, phenomenal horsemanship, and diverse music, the Fantasia has been one of the highlights of Equine Affaire in Columbus since this special event was first introduced nearly 20 years ago. Advance tickets for this must-see event are on sale through April 10. Tickets not sold in advance will be available at the Information Booth in the Bricker Building beginning at 9:00am on Thursday, April 12.

At Equine Affaire’s legendary trade show you’ll be able to see, touch, try on and compare everything you and your horse need….and some things you might not be able to resist. With several large “stores” to explore, hundreds of exhibit booths, and acres of trade show to cover, you’ll want to review the vendor list online in advance before shopping in person at the show.  You can also plan to find bargains on quality horse-related items including tack, training equipment and riding apparel for sale on consignment at The Marketplace located next to the Breed Pavilion in the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center.

Presenting a program as extensive as the one at Equine Affaire is very costly, and we are truly grateful to the many companies and organizations that underwrite production expenses through their generous sponsorships.  We extend our most heartfelt thanks to Absorbine®, Rod’s, Wahl, Horse Network, U S Equestrian, Farnam, Equine Savings, Nutramax and the dozens of other outstanding companies and organizations that endorse the mission of Equine Affaire and keep ticket prices affordable for all horse people through their sponsorship support.

Visit equineaffaire.com, click on the Ohio event, and follow the links to detailed information on everything that Equine Affaire has to offer—and everything you need to know to attend and/or participate in the event. Or call our helpful staff of dedicated horse people at (740) 845-0085 from 9:00-5:00 ET for personal assistance. Get together with your family and horse-loving friends to make a weekend of Equine Affaire and get your springtime dose of all things equine this April in Columbus.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HORSE INDUSTRY IN AMERICA AND THE MIDWEST

Though the horse industry is one of the largest sport industries in the nation, it is one of the least-recognized within the mass media. A survey conducted by Deloitte Consulting, LLC and published by the American Horse Council (AHC) indicates that the horse industry contributes $39 billion annually in direct economic impact to the U.S. economy and supports 1.4 million full-time equivalent jobs. When indirect and induced spending is included, the horse industry’s impact on the U.S. Gross Domestic Product reaches $102 billion. The AHC survey found that there are roughly 9.2 million horses in the United States and 2 million horse owners.  The AHC study concluded that, “the Ohio horse industry produces goods and services valued at $1.4 billion… [and] 181,700 Ohioans are involved as horse owners, service providers, employees, and volunteers. Even more participate as spectators. The Ohio horse industry directly provides 12,700 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs. Spending by suppliers and employees (in Ohio and other states) generates additional jobs in Ohio for a total employment impact of 42,700. There are 307,000 horses in Ohio, more than 70 percent of which are involved in showing and recreation. The economic impact of the annual production of Equine Affaire in Columbus since 1996 is incalculable. The event has attracted hundreds of thousands of participants to the region and generated a vast amount of revenue for hotels, restaurants, and support services in addition to sales taxes generated through sales at Equine Affaire’s trade shows.

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02 27

Equine Affaire’s Fantasia Will Light Up the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum in April

London, OH, February 27, 2018— Horse people are strong on tradition—and Equine Affaire’s popular musical celebration of the horse, the Fantasia, is a tradition that horse people in the region hold so dearly that they began ordering their tickets for the April event in the beginning of December. Why the anticipation and the rush for tickets months in advance?  The Fantasia offers an evening of unforgettable equestrian entertainment that delights horse lovers young and old and is the perfect way to round out the Equine Affaire experience with family and friends.

As the entertainment “cornerstone” of Equine Affaire’s remarkable program of activities for horse lovers of all walks of equestrian life, the Fantasia is always an uplifting and special reminder of why we love horses—showcasing their beauty, diversity, athleticism, and willing spirit. The Fantasia—sponsored by Absorbine®– will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (April 12-14) in the Ohio Expo Center coliseum in Columbus and is best described as a “musical celebration of the horse” featuring many of the nation’s foremost equine and equestrian performers choreographed to a wide range of musical styles.

For the past 20 years the Fantasia productions have delighted audiences with just the right blend of remarkable horsemen, fantastic horses, drama, fast-paced action, and sensational horsemanship . . . and this year will be no exception. The 2018 Fantasia will incorporate many of the elements that Fantasia-goers have come to expect at the event including Grand Prix freestyle dressage, freestyle reining, driving, garocha, vaulting, trick riding, horses performing at liberty, and drill team performances–all with a new twist.  The Knights of Iceland will be back bringing their unique energy from the land of fire and ice, and Fantasia favorites including Tommie Turvey, Dan James, Christine Drentwett, the Canadian and Diamond D Cowgirls, and the Cavallo Equestrian Arts’ Zoppes will bring new acts and new reasons to love the Fantasia.

Horses as varied as Andalusians, Friesians, Icelandics, Hanoverians, Miniatures, Paints, Percherons, Quarter Horses and Suffolk Punches will take center stage at the 2018 Fantasia and provide plenty of reminders of why we find horses so intoxicating. This year’s show promises to be an evening of extraordinary entertainment you will not want to miss.  A separate ticket is required, and ticket prices range from $14 to $25 (plus a $2.75 shipping/handling/selection fee per ticket). Advance tickets for the Fantasia are available online at equineaffaire.com (where you may consult a seating chart and select your seats) or by calling Equine Affaire at (740) 845-0085 weekdays from 9:00am-5:00pm Eastern. Tickets for this popular event sell quickly, and advance ticket sales end April 10.  Any tickets not sold in advance will be available for purchase at the Information Booth in the Bricker Building beginning at 9:00am on Thursday, April 12th.

For all you need to know to attend Equine Affaire—North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering—and the Fantasia, visit equineaffaire.com.  Our thanks to Absorbine® for their generous sponsorship of the 2018 Fantasia!

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02 21

The 2018 Equine Affaire: 25 Years in the Making

LONDON, OH, February 21, 2018— When work initially began on the first Equine Affaire back in 1993, the show was nothing more than one person’s “good idea.”  That idea for an event that would bring all facets of the horse industry together in an education-oriented, noncompetitive environment was soon enthusiastically embraced by horse people and horse businesses alike, and Equine Affaire quickly evolved into a multi-faceted, must-attend show serving the horse community.

Today Equine Affaire enjoys a solid reputation and place in the horse industry thanks to the participation and support over the past 25 years of countless clinicians, presenters, performers, farm owners, associations, organizations, retailers, manufacturers, sponsors, and horse people from all walks of equestrian life.  The exact impact of Equine Affaire is difficult to measure, but the 56 events that have been produced since the first show in March of 1994 have clearly touched the lives of many hundreds of thousands of horse people and several thousand horse businesses and organizations throughout the nation. Along the way they have also served an even larger and perhaps more important goal of improving our understanding and appreciation of horses and improving their lives through the education of their owners and handlers. Equine Affaire is aptly named—as it continues to be a celebration of our love of horses.

Equine Affaire’s “Silver Anniversary” event will take place April 12-15 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus and offer what Equine Affaire has become famous for:  an educational program that is second-to-none, the largest horse-related trade show in this hemisphere, top equine entertainment and competition, and endless opportunities to experience, buy, and sell horses of all types. Whether you are just becoming involved with horses or you’re a seasoned veteran of the horse world, your destination of choice this spring will be Equine Affaire—North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering.

At a time when so much of what we do and experience is through online avenues, Equine Affaire offers the grand alternative to see, feel, touch, compare, try on, experience and even smell the horse world in person . . . to share one’s love of horses with others who feel the same.  Equine Affaire is about first-hand opportunities to witness great horses, learn from top equestrians, shop for all things equine, research, connect, hang out with fellow horse people and immerse one’s self in the world of horses.

At the heart of Equine Affaire is an educational program designed to help horsemen of all riding and driving persuasions reach their equestrian goals at home, on the trail, or in a competitive arena. Hundreds of clinics, seminars and demos by many of the foremost trainers, coaches, competitors, judges, TV personalities, and industry professionals will be presented in seven venues.  Clinicians scheduled to present at the Silver Anniversary event will include Ken McNabb, Dan James, Van Hargis, Warwick Schiller, Stacy Westfall, Tommie Turvey, Nancy Cahill, Jan Ebeling, Jeff Cook, Lynn Symansky, Paul Humphrey, Stephen Hayes, Bob Giles, Larry Whitesell, Liz Bentley, and a host of others.  Clinic topics will cover the gamut from the English disciplines of dressage, jumping, eventing, driving, English pleasure and hunter under saddle through the western sports of reining, western horsemanship, barrel racing, contesting, and trail.

New riders and horse owners of all ages may also acquire basic horse and horsemanship expertise through demos, video presentations, interactive exhibits, and special activities at Equine Affaire’s Equine Fundamentals Forum sponsored by Cosequin®.  And, if you’ve never ridden a horse or haven’t ridden in a long time, you’ll have an opportunity to connect or reconnect with horses this spring. Equine Affaire is partnering with the American Horse Council’s Time to Ride program to provide opportunities for new and aspiring horse lovers to have their first encounter with a horse—to learn about the basics of horses, horse care, horsemanship, and to actually ride a horse for the first time.

Equine Affaire is expanding its educational offerings this year with the introduction of the Your Farm Forum sponsored by Equine Equipment and located in the Bricker Annex.  This new specialty area will include a range of farm and stable-related exhibitors as well as a seminar stage featuring sessions focusing on the horse’s home and environment and covering a wide range of topics for owners of horse farms of all sizes. Discover ways you can improve your equine operation and horse’s world and learn about other farm activities and animals.

Students hoping to pursue equine-related studies and careers will be able to research college programs and career options by participating in a new Career/College Scavenger Hunt. The hunt will be an engaging way to meet a variety of industry professionals and college representatives. The kickoff presentation for the hunt will take place at 10:00am on Saturday in the Equine Fundamentals Forum demo ring in the Celeste Center, and the scavenger hunt will follow until 3:45pm. Prizes will be awarded during a final panel discussion at 4:00pm.  Interested students should check in to participate at the Equine Fundamentals Forum upon arrival at the show.

Of course the true focus of Equine Affaire is obviously horses, and you’ll find plenty of ways to discover and appreciate the amazing diversity of the horse world in the Breed Pavilion, Horse & Farm Exhibits, and breed demos throughout the weekend. Get up close and personal with equines from miniatures to drafts, gaited to easy gaited breeds, and stock horses to sport horses. Representatives of dozens of horse, pony, color, and breed associations and registries will be on hand to answer your questions and share their exceptional horses with you.

Equine Affaire’s popular test of horsemanship, the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, will once again be an entertaining as well as educational part of the event.  Up to 25 pre-selected horse and rider teams will race through a challenging obstacle course in the coliseum on Friday, April 13, in pursuit of $5500 and the coveted title of Versatile Horse & Rider Competition Champion. The VHRC is open to adult riders of all disciplines and horses of all breeds and has evolved over the years into one of the most popular features of Equine Affaire. Put your skills to the test—or come and cheer on your favorite contestants in this exciting, fast-paced event!  The deadline to apply to compete is February 20.

A second competition has been added to the schedule for the Silver Anniversary Equine Affaire.  An Interscholastic Equestrian Association Western Horse Show will take place on Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm in Cooper Arena and feature youth competitors representing schools from throughout the region.  The show will not only highlight the abilities of youth competitors, but will also provide an opportunity for high school students to learn about the IEA and how they can become involved in showing horses.

Outstanding equine and equestrian acts from throughout the United States are slated to perform at Equine Affaire’s popular musical celebration of the horse – the Fantasia – to create an evening of fabulous and affordable entertainment. The 2018 Fantasia will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the coliseum and is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Absorbine®. As the entertainment cornerstone of Equine Affaire, the Fantasia showcases the beauty, diversity, talent, and spirit of horses of a great variety of breeds and disciplines and provides the perfect ending to a busy day of activities at Equine Affaire. With just the right mix of comedy, drama, action, stunning horses, phenomenal horsemanship, and diverse music, the Fantasia has been one of the highlights of Equine Affaire in Columbus since the show was first introduced nearly 20 years ago. Advance tickets for this must-see event are onsale through April 10. Tickets not sold in advance will be available at the Information Booth in the Bricker Building beginning at 9:00am on Thursday, April 12.

At Equine Affaire’s legendary trade show you’ll be able to see, touch, try on and compare everything you and your horse need….and some things you might not be able to resist. With several large “stores” to explore, hundreds of exhibit booths, and acres of trade show to cover, you’ll want to review the vendor list online in advance before shopping in person at the show.  You can also plan to find bargains on quality horse-related items including tack, training equipment and riding apparel for sale on consignment at The Marketplace located next to the Breed Pavilion in the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center.

Presenting a program as extensive as the one at Equine Affaire is very costly, and we are truly grateful to the many companies and organizations that underwrite production expenses through their generous sponsorships.  We extend our most heartfelt thanks to Absorbine®, Rod’s, Wahl, Horse Network, US Equestrian, Farnam, Equine Savings, and the dozens of other outstanding companies and organizations that endorse the mission of Equine Affaire and keep ticket prices affordable for all horse people through their sponsorship support.

Visit equineaffaire.com, click on the Ohio event, and follow the links to detailed information on everything that Equine Affaire has to offer—and everything you need to know to attend and/or participate in the event. Or call our helpful staff of dedicated horse people at (740) 845-0085 from 9:00-5:00 ET for personal assistance. Get together with your family and horse-loving friends to make a weekend of Equine Affaire and get your springtime dose of all things equine this April in Columbus.

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ELEVATING THE EQUESTRIAN EXPERIENCE SINCE 1994 TM