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SPRINGFIELD, MA, July 18, 2022 – Are you ready to take the next step in your relationship with your horse? In the horse industry, learning is a lifelong endeavor, and that’s especially true when it comes to horseback riding. No matter what discipline you participate in, striving to improve your skills and abilities in the saddle (or driving seat!) is one of the best ways to invest in the relationship between you and your horse. That’s why Equine Affaire is proud to bring you two exciting opportunities to stretch your abilities at Equine Affaire: the Ride With a Pro clinic program and the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition! Both activities will take place at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, during Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, November 10-13, 2022.

The Ride With a Pro clinic program matches horses and riders with clinicians who are seeking participants in their clinics at Equine Affaire. Some clinicians are looking for horses and riders with specific skills and problems, while others are seeking any riders interested in improving their relationships with their horses. With more than 150 individual sessions, clinics, and demonstrations, there’s something for everyone to learn, especially with this year’s lineup of clinicians! The following horse trainers and educators are looking for participants in their clinics this fall:

  • Jonathan Field…General Training
  • Pat Parelli…General Training
  • Steve Lantvit…General Training and Ranch Horse
  • Lorie Duff…General Training
  • Scott Purdum…General Training
  • Gina Miles…Eventing
  • Bill Warren…Dressage
  • Nona Garson…Hunter/Jumper
  • Jane Karol…Dressage
  • Sterling Graburn…Driving
  • Chad Crider…Barrel Racing
  • Karen Black…Reined Cow Horse
  • Leslie Lopardo… Western Dressage
  • Michael Gascon…Easy Gaited Horses
  • Sally Batton…The Athletic Equestrian and Equicize
  • Ty Evans…Mules

Ready to learn how to apply? Application packets are available on our website and include a clinic summary, applications for both adults and youth, and other requirements, such as a written description of you and your horse’s competitive history, training, and riding experience, as well as recent videos of you and your horse at work. To apply online or see more details, visit equineaffaire.com and make sure to select the Massachusetts event, then click “Participate” and “Ride with a Pro.” Got questions or concerns? Email Lori Helsel at lhelsel@equineaffaire.com or by calling (740) 845-0085, ext. 107, Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm EST. The Massachusetts clinic summary will include special requests from the clinicians and will outline the fees for each clinic, which range from $75 to $350 and include clinic participation, event admission, and 24 hours of stabling. The application deadline is September 9, 2022. After decisions are made, all applicants will be notified of their application status prior to October 7.

Feeling like you’re ready for a competitive challenge? Apply today to ride in the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, sponsored by Nutrena! You could be one of the 25 horse and rider teams selected to compete on Friday, November 11, 2022, in the Coliseum at the Eastern States Exposition. Competitors will race the clock to navigate obstacles and perform various maneuvers and patterns, all while being evaluated on communication, horsemanship, and athletic prowess. With $5,500 in cash and other prizes at stake, it’s an opportunity not to be missed! To apply, visit equineaffaire.com, select the Massachusetts event, then click “Participate” and “Versatile Horse and Rider Competition.” The application deadline is September 9, 2022, and all applicants will be notified of their status by October 7.

Equine Affaire is an exciting and affordable daytime horse exposition filled with fun activities suitable for kids, families, and equestrians and horseback riders of all ages. General admission includes entry to the largest equine-related trade show in the east; numerous theme pavilions, exhibits, and special activities; multiple horse competitions; and all horse clinics, seminars, and demonstrations. Separate tickets are required for Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse! Sponsored by Absorbine®, Fantasia is an evening show boasting a variety of performances by elite equestrian and equine performers. Tickets for Equine Affaire and Fantasia are available now at equineaffaire.com.

Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges its sponsors: Absorbine, Farnam, US Equestrian, GGT Footing, Horizon Structures, and Nutrena. To learn more about our event, visit our website (www.equineaffaire.com), follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @equineaffaire, or call our office at (740) 845-0085, 9:00am-5:00pm EST (M-F). We’ll see you at Equine Affaire!

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