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02 12

Market, Sell and Consign at the 2018 Equine Affaire

LONDON, OH, February 12, 2018— Equine Affaire returns to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus on April 12-15, 2018, and brings with it terrific opportunities for horse people to sell, consign, market, and conduct business. Equine Affaire enjoys a well-deserved reputation nationwide for its unparalleled educational program, trade show, and equestrian entertainment, but the event also serves the horse community by providing horse people with easy and affordable ways to conduct horse-related business—to sell horses, to market their stallions and farms, and to turn their unwanted tack, apparel, and other equine items into cash. Virtually all horse owners have something to sell or promote—and Equine Affaire is an affordable and effective place to get the job done.

Consign at The Marketplace at Equine Affaire.  You can buy what you and your horse need and sell what you don’t at The Marketplace, Equine Affaire’s full-service consignment shop. Where else can you find more potential buyers for your unwanted horse and rider items while also enjoying the ultimate horse-related educational program and equestrian shopping experience than the largest horse expo in North America?

Let the staff at The Marketplace display and sell your tack, apparel, and other equine-related items to customers who will be able to see your items first hand and make their purchases on site. Equine Affaire’s staff will take care of selling your consignments (at prices that you set) while you enjoy all that Equine Affaire has to offer—and then pay you in cash for sales made at the event. With cash in hand, you’ll have additional spending power to shop bargains at the Marketplace and new merchandise at Equine Affaire’s unsurpassed trade show. The consignment process is easy, and consignment fees at the Marketplace are lower than those at other consignment venues in the region!

The Marketplace is now in its sixth year and is well established as a great place to both sell and shop for tack, riding apparel, and plenty of other horse-related items.  The store will be located in the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center where you can drive up to the west side of the building to drop off or pick up heavier items. The Marketplace will be open for sales throughout the four days of Equine Affaire. Purchases may be made in cash or by credit card, and Equine Affaire will take care of collecting and paying sales taxes on consignment sales.

Market your farm, stable, stallion, or boarding, training, and breeding facility. You can complement your online marketing campaign for your facility or stallion by exhibiting at Equine Affaire and meeting with potential customers in person. Located in the Ohio Expo Center’s extensive Gilligan Complex, Equine Affaire’s Horse & Farm Exhibits is an area dedicated to the promotion of horse farms, training facilities, lesson facilities, breeding stallions, and horses for sale. The Horse & Farm Exhibits area is where horse owners, stable / farm owners, and horse service providers connect in person with customers who are interested in all breeds of horses and a variety of equestrian disciplines.

The Horse & Farm Exhibits stalls will be featured in the northeast section of the Gilligan Complex—the stalls that receive the best traffic flow because of their proximity to the clinic venues, trade show, and other important features of the show. The fee for each 10 x 10 inline exhibit stall for three-four days is $150, end/corner stalls on the outer aisles of the barn are $200, and an end/corner stall on the main aisle of the barn is $175.00. The rental of each exhibit stall includes one four-day pass to Equine Affaire (a $50 value), and each Horse & Farm exhibitor receives a one-line listing of stall number, farm name, breed of horse, and phone number or web site address in the free event program.

Sell your horse(s) at Equine Affaire.  Yes, you have multiple ways to sell the horses you no longer want, but finding the right buyer at the right price at Equine Affaire just might be quicker, easier, and more profitable. You can rent a 10 x 10 “For Sale” stall in the Horse & Farm Exhibits area to occupy for two-four days for just $150.  Each stall rental includes one four-day pass to Equine Affaire (a $50 value), a “For Sale” sign to post on the stall and a free listing pre-event on equineaffaire.com that will provide your horse’s breed, age, gender, name, discipline, price, photo, and stall location. Showcase your horse in person to tens of thousands of potential customers in just four days!

For information on The Marketplace, the Horse & Farm Exhibits, the “For Sale” stalls and everything that Equine Affaire has to offer, visit equineaffaire.com, select the Ohio event, and follow the appropriate links. You may also contact our staff of dedicated horse people for personal assistance.  For information on the Marketplace contact Alyssa Justus at ajustus@equineaffaire.com or (740) 845-0085 ext 101; for assistance with the Horse & Farm Exhibits and “For Sale” stalls, contact Karin Brennan at kbrennan@equineaffaire.com or call (740) 845-0085 ext 112.

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02 09

Equine Affaire’s Diverse “Ride With A Pro” Clinic Program Offers Special Opportunities this April

London, OH, February 9, 2018— Elevate your equestrian experience this spring at Equine Affaire—North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering.   The 2018 Equine Affaire will take place at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus on April 12-15 and offer horse enthusiasts not only the opportunity to attend literally hundreds of clinics, seminars, and demonstrations, but also to participate in dozens of clinics on a wide range of equestrian disciplines.  Through Equine Affaire’s unique “Ride With A Pro” clinic program you can ride, drive, and have your horse trained in clinics conducted by many of the nation’s foremost coaches, competitors, judges, and horse trainers—for clinic fees designed to fit your budget.

The Clinics and Clinicians. Most of the clinicians who will be featured at the 2018 Equine Affaire will be participating in the Ride With a Pro program and accepting horses and riders for their clinic sessions. Whether your equestrian tastes lean toward the English disciplines or are solidly in the western realm—or you simply want to improve your riding skills or your horse’s performance, you can enhance your riding and training skills through individual instructions in this unique program of clinics.

Among those who will be presenting sessions on general horse training and horsemanship topics are Ken McNabb, Warwick Schiller, James Cooler, Dan James, and Van Hargis. Clinicians offering sessions in the English disciplines will include Jan Ebeling and Stephen Hayes (dressage), Lynn Symansky (eventing), Jeff Cook (hunter/jumper), Bob Giles (driving), Keith Miller (hunter under saddle) and Liz Bentley (English and hunter pleasure).  Those conducting clinics on western disciplines will include Stacy Westfall (reining), and Nancy Cahill (western horsemanship and trail). Larry Whitesell will present sessions on training and riding easy gaited horses, Sandy Croote will teach techniques for training Miniature horses, and Ty Evans will conduct sessions on training and riding mules.

Clinic fees and how to apply.  The modest fees for Equine Affaire’s “Ride With A Pro” clinic program range from $70 to $150 and cover clinic participation, stabling, and admission to Equine Affaire. Clinicians will select the participants for their sessions from written applications and videos submitted by applicants to Equine Affaire. While some are seeking riders and horses with specific skills or problems to demonstrate and resolve during their clinics, others are seeking any riders interested in improving their general horsemanship and relationships with their horses.  The 2018 Equine Affaire will offer a wide range of learning opportunities—and you and your horse may be the ideal participants for one or more sessions.

Full clinic details and a “Ride With A Pro” application are available at equineaffaire.com. Click on the Ohio event and follow the “Participate” link to information on the “Ride With A Pro” program. Interested riders and horse owners may also request an information packet and clinic application by contacting Beth Volpe at bvolpe@equineaffaire.com or by calling (740) 845-0085 ext. 103.  Consult equineaffaire.com for continuously-updated information on the program. Contact Equine Affaire soon; the application deadline is February 20th.

In addition to Equine Affaire’s legendary program of clinics, seminars, and demonstrations, the 2018 show will feature the largest horse-related trade show in the nation with hundreds of retailers covering acres of exhibit space; the Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse–sponsored by Absorbine®–on Thursday-Saturday nights; an engaging and hands-on Breed Pavilion and Horse & Farm Exhibits area; a new Your Farm Forum with exhibits and presentations focused on the horse’s home and environment; the Equine Fundamentals Forum; and the popular Versatile Horse & Rider Competition on Friday afternoon.  For everything you need to know to go including an event schedule, ticket information, and discounts available at Equine Affaire nearby host hotels, visit equineaffaire.com.

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02 08

Test Your Horsemanship & Win Cash in Equine Affaire’s Versatile Horse & Rider Competition

LONDON, OH, February 8, 2018— Are you ready to show the world your horsemanship skills and earn some cash in the process?  Applications are now being accepted for Equine Affaire’s popular all-breed Versatile Horse & Rider Competition—aka “VHRC”–that will take place on Friday, April 13th, in the coliseum at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.  A select group of horse and rider teams will tackle a challenging obstacle/trail course in this timed and judged race for $5500 in cash prizes and the coveted title of 2018 Versatile Horse & Rider Competition Champion.

The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is now in its eighth year at Equine Affaire in Ohio.  As Eugenia Snyder, Equine Affaire’s founder and President explained, “It is a challenging test of horsemanship for those who choose to put their skills to the test, and it attracts some pretty amazing contestants. The event has become really popular for both the contestants and Equine Affaire attendees because it’s fun, fast-paced and unpredictable.”  Admission to watch the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is included in general admission to Equine Affaire—providing just one more reason to travel to the 2018 Equine Affaire in Columbus.

Win $5500 in cash and more!  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four contestants with the first place team receiving $2,500 and the title of Versatile Horse & Rider Competition Champion and the second, third, and fourth place teams receiving $1,750, $1,000, and $250 respectively. Ribbons will be presented to the top 10 teams, and additional awards will be announced prior to the event. All awards will be presented at the conclusion of the race on Friday afternoon.

Who can compete.  The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is open to all riders age 18 years and older and horses of all breeds and disciplines. Horse breeds as diverse as Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, Appaloosas, Morgans, Norwegian Fjords, Rocky Mountain Horses, Warmbloods, and Gypsy Vanners have participated successfully in past events demonstrating that the competition is truly “all breed” in nature. A maximum of only 25 horse/rider teams will be pre-selected to compete based on application materials submitted, and all horse and rider teams will compete against each other.  There will be no “divisions” based on gender or age.

The competition course.  The VHRC course will be made up of 12-13 obstacles and patterns set in the 90’ x 212’ arena of the Ohio Expo Center coliseum.  The obstacles may include jumping over or through structures, backing through a pattern, pole bending and/or roll backs, gait changes, various gymkhana games, ground tying, working gates, and riding over or through difficult or spooky objects.

How the competition will be judged.  The horsemanship performance of each contestant will be judged on each obstacle. Performance points will be awarded on a scale of 1 to 5 based on the rider’s horsemanship, the horse’s attitude, and the team’s overall performance. Horses and riders will be required to complete the course within a given time.  Any contestant who fails to meet this time limit will be disqualified. Ride times will be translated into points, and the team with the highest overall point score will be the winner.  Van Hargis will serve as this year’s judge, and Warwick Schiller will provide obstacle-by-obstacle commentary.

Are you and your horse ready to compete?  To obtain all of the details on the VHRC and an entry form, visit equineaffaire.com, click on the Ohio event and “Participate” links to access the VHRC page.  You may also contact Beth Volpe at bvolpe@equineaffaire.com or by calling (740) 845-0085 ext. 103. The entry fee for each horse/rider team is $350 and includes stabling from Thursday to Saturday and three days of admission to Equine Affaire. Applications and support materials will be accepted by Equine Affaire through February 15th. They will be reviewed by the management of Equine Affaire, which will select the final contestants for the competition and notify contestants by March 2nd.

Just want to watch?  Come and cheer on the contestants as their horses succeed at some obstacles and fall short at others. You can also learn a lot by watching the different approaches that outstanding horses and riders take in tackling the same obstacles. Be sure to visit equineaffaire.com for everything you need to know to attend the 2018 Equine Affaire—North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering—on April 12-15 including details on all of the top quality clinicians and presenters; the clinic, seminar, and demo schedule; a list of trade show exhibitors; ticket information; and details on discounted rates at Equine Affaire’s convenient host hotels.

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11 11

2017 Versatile Horse & Rider Challenge Results

W. Springfield, MA, November 11, 2017–Yesterday’s Versatile Horse & Rider Competition – sponsored by Nutrena – was in incredible show of horsemanship! Check out the official results here: 17 MA Score Calculation Spreadsheet FINAL

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11 06

Get to Know the 2017 Versatile Horse & Rider Competitors! (Part 4)

London, OH, November 6, 2017–The 2017 Versatile Horse & Rider Competition – sponsored by Nutrena – is just quickly approaching, and today we’re introducing the final group of competitors! Watch the competition and cheer on your favorite contestants this Friday, November 10 at 1:00pm at Equine Affaire!

Alice Barlow

Alice Barlow, of Middletown, VA, and her 15-year-old Quarter Horse gelding Ares have competed in everything from endurance to cow work and everything in between in the 13 years they have been together. This year, they have competed in nearly every trail challenge at horse expositions of nearby states. Their trail class accomplishment include being named Champions at the Maryland Expo, Reserve Champions at the PA Expo, and placing third at the VA Expo.

Melissa Ellis

Melissa Ellis, of W. Dover, VT, and her 7-year-old Morgan mare Steepway Cosmo Girl, or “Cosmo”, are no strangers to Equine Affaire. Their first foray in the event came when Cosmo was selected by Guy McLean in 2013 to participate in his popular colt starting clinics. Melissa knew then that she wanted to come back to Equine Affaire and compete in the Versatile Horse and Rider Competition. She and Cosmo accomplished this goal last year, and placed fourth in their very first VHRC event. They are excited to be back this year and show off some new skills!

Andreah Lytle

Andreah Lytle, of Skaneateles, NY, has been working with her 10-year-old Haflinger mare, An Expensive Decision Yes, for six years. The pair competes in everything from hunter/jumper and gymkhana classes to driving and western events. This will be the first time the pair will test their skills in the Versatile Horse and Rider Competition.

Andreah Lytle & An Expensive Decision Yes

Brittany Mayer

After a memorable round in last year’s Versatile Horse and Rider Competition, Brittany Mayer, of Cumberland, RI, and her 14-year-old Quarter Horse mare My Sharona are back for another go. Last year, one of Brittany’s reins broke soon after starting the VHRC course. In a true display of horsemanship, Brittany and My Sharona not only continued, but also placed in the top ten. The pair also competes in eventing, hunters, western pleasure, and other versatility competitions.

Danelle Osinchuk

Danelle Osinchuk, of Springfield, VT, and her horse Slip Me A Dual Pep, or Magic, a 17-year-old Quarter Horse gelding are regular competitors in cutting and versatility classes. Partnered for six years, Danelle and Magic enjoy the challenge of versatility events and the way it strengthens their partnership. They have competed in two prior Versatile Horse and Rider Competitions at Equine Affaire, placing in the top five each time.

Jackie Rappel

Jackie Rappel, of Huntington, NY, and her 16-year-old Quarter Horse gelding Becketts History Doc are another returning pair to Equine Affaire’s Versatile Horse and Rider Competition. This will be their fourth go at the VHRC course, and Jackie hopes they will finally crack the top three in the placings. Jackie and Becketts History Doc have been partnered for more than two years, and also compete in sorting, penning, and  cow horse events.

Jackie Rappel riding Quarter Horse gelding Becketts History Doc

Rob West

Rob West, of Middle Island, NY, adopted his 7-year-old Mustang mare Moonshine Lady 1.5 years ago when she had just been removed from the range. His early training on her earned them a fifth-place finish at the Virginia Mustang Makeover. The pair now competes in western and trail events, and this will be their first time competing in the Versatile Horse and Rider Competition.


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