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THE WAIT FOR EQUINE AFFAIRE IS ALMOST OVER: Join us in person for the 2021 Equine Affaire in Massachusetts on November 11-14, 2021!

Horse lovers, it’s time to get excited for the best news you’ve heard all year! This fall, join us in person in West Springfield for the 2021 Equine Affaire in Massachusetts. After three successful virtual Equine Affaire events, we are delighted to return to the Eastern States Exposition on November 11-14, 2021, for our first in-person event since 2019. Make plans today to buy your tickets for the nation’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering, where horse lovers and equestrians from all disciplines and walks of life will enjoy four jam-packed days of horse-themed education, entertainment, and shopping. Tickets for Equine Affaire and Fantasia go on sale July 7, 2021.

General admission for Equine Affaire includes entry to the trade show, theme pavilions, the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition and all clinics, seminars, and demonstrations. Tickets for adults are $16/day or $50/four-day pass; children’s tickets for kids aged 7-10 are just $8/day; and children six and under are admitted for free! Get your hand stamped and come and go as you please during event hours, which are 9:00 am – 7:00 pm Thursday through Saturday and 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on Sunday. Please note the Eastern States Exposition charges for parking. Make your hotel reservations in advance, and if you stay at one of our host hotels (check out the full list on equineaffaire.com), make sure to mention Equine Affaire to get a special discounted rate.

When you buy your general admission tickets for Equine Affaire, remember to purchase separate tickets to save your seat for Fantasia! Equine Affaire’s beloved musical celebration of the horse, Fantasia, will also return to the Eastern States Exposition on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings (Nov 11-13) during the event. Sponsored by Absorbine®, Fantasia features dressage, reining, liberty, Spanish garrocha, driving, specialty acts and much more. It’s a show you won’t want to miss! Tickets range from $14-$25 per seat and sell out fast.

Equine Affaire has been dedicated to elevating the equestrian experience since 1994, and that includes providing education for all equestrians, from the recreational trail rider to the Olympic medalist. This year’s event schedule features hundreds of training clinics, seminars, and demos with some of the world’s leading coaches, competitors, trainers, and experts. Attend the 2021 Equine Affaire in Massachusetts for your opportunity to learn from leading presenters Ken McNabb, Dan James, Lynn Palm and JR Robles. Looking for something specific to your discipline? You’re in luck! Attend our discipline-specific clinics and demos with Bryan Penquite (reining and ranch horse), Lendon Gray and Stephen Hayes (dressage), Bob Giles (driving), Shaina Humphrey (hunter under saddle), Anita Howe (easy gaited horses), Karen Rohlf (biomechanics), Luke Reinbold (trail obstacles), Ed Dabney (trail and general horsemanship), Stephanie Hayes (working equitation), plus others. More presenters will be announced in the coming months, so visit us online at equineaffaire.com or follow us on Facebook @EquineAffaire to stay up to date!

In between clinics, browse acres of shopping in Equine Affaire’s massive trade show, which features hundreds of vendors spread out across 5 buildings. You’ll also want to savor the opportunity to visit our Breed Pavilion and Horse & Farm Exhibits, where you can get up close and personal with many different breeds of horses and learn about them firsthand from friendly breed representatives and horse owners. Aspiring and novice horse owners will love touring the Equine Fundamentals Forum, which showcases valuable information for horse lovers about all aspects of horse care and management. If you’re shopping for a horse of your very own, be sure to stop by the For Sale Stalls to see the horses for sale – or if you’ve always wanted to adopt a horse, check out the Adoption Affaire! Equine Affaire is partnering with a variety of horse rescues and sanctuaries to help horses in need find their forever homes. On Friday, Nov 12, check out the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition and cheer on your favorite horse and rider teams as they race the clock to conquer an obstacle course. All of these activities (and others) are included in the price of general admission, so there’s always something to watch, learn about, shop for or admire!

Equine Affaire in Massachusetts will also feature three new activities for guests. First, if you have tack or other equine paraphernalia to sell, stop by The Marketplace to consign your items in Equine Affaire’s own consignment shop. You can drop off your items in the morning and our friendly staff will tag and sell the items for you. Then you can stop by at the end of the day to collect your earnings. Next, we’ve partnered with the International Liberty Horse Association to offer the Freestyle Invitational. In the Freestyle Invitational, handlers will work with their horses at liberty to demonstrate a myriad of  maneuvers and skills. You’ll be amazed at the level of communication that’s possible when a horse and handler trust each other and work together in liberty. Finally, young riders will love attending the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Clinic to learn more about this fantastic organization and how to improve their riding skills in the IEA show ring.

Equine Affaire wouldn’t be possible without the support of our generous sponsors: Absorbine®, Farnam, Horizon Structures, GGT Footing, Nutrena, Mane ‘n Tail, and Cowboy Magic. We extend our grateful thanks to these companies and others. To learn more about our sponsors firsthand, plan to visit their booths in the trade show this fall.

Ready to plan your trip to Massachusetts? Visit us online at equineaffaire.com for updates between now and November. If you have questions, call our office at (740) 845-0085 any time from 9:00 am-5:00 pm EST, Monday-Friday. We’ll see you at Equine Affaire!

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LEARN, SHOP & PLAY VIRTUALLY WITH EQUINE AFFAIRE: On April 8-11, 2021, join us online for a free, jam-packed virtual Equine Affaire.

This spring, join all your favorite trainers, horse professionals and equine industry vendors online for a virtual equine extravaganza with Equine Affaire in Ohio on April 8-11, 2021. This virtual event will be a free online experience accessed through a digital platform, available online at www.equineaffaire.com and on social media. Just like our popular in-person events, the virtual Equine Affaire includes shopping guides, educational video presentations of content by select clinicians, interviews with clinicians and performers, a virtual Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, video contest, highlights of signature event features and much more! Mark your calendars for April 8 when all access links will become active, and bookmark https://equineaffaire.com/events/ohio/ohio-attend/ohio-general-information/virtual-event/ in your web browser today!

Elevating the equine experience since 1994, Equine Affaire is dedicated to serving horse lovers and equine enthusiasts of all ages and from all walks of life. Part of that mission includes education. This year, the virtual Equine Affaire event will feature pre-recorded video presentations and interviews with some of the world’s most renowned equine clinicians, including Monty Roberts, Guy McLean, Julie Goodnight, Dan James, Linda Tellington-Jones, Pat Parelli, Warwick Schiller, Stacy Westfall, and many more.

If you follow us on Facebook @equineaffaire, then you already know we’ve been soliciting your votes for your favorite breeds! That’s because Equine Affaire will feature a virtual Breed Pavilion, complete with information on different breeds, their respective associations and special features on the Fan-Favorite breed (based on your votes via social media). We also invite you to submit your favorite videos of your own horses in our “Don’t Worry…Be Horsey” Video Contest. Grab the camera, let loose and have some fun with your horses, and then enter your favorite video for a chance to win an Equine Affaire prize pack. From funny horse videos to breathtaking costumes to nifty tricks, TikTok videos or other ways your horse makes you smile, share them all through Equine Affaire with other horse lovers just like you! Entries are due March 15, so hurry over to https://equineaffaire.com/events/ohio/ohio-attend/ohio-other-features/horse-video-contest/ for entry forms.

Have you been perfecting your online shopping game during the global pandemic? Then you’ll love our 2021 virtual shopping guides! These special shopping guides connect our attendees with our exhibitors so you can find the products you need, the gifts you want, and everything in between. Shop by category or exhibitor name and prepare to shop ‘til you drop! You’ll also enjoy enhanced advertisements with product videos and pop out photos to help answer all your most burning questions about the latest products.

Relive the magic of Fantasias past by enjoying exclusive interviews with some of our favorite performers, including a mini-concert with country music singer/songwriter and touring artist Templeton Thompson. You’ll also get the opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn fun facts from past and future Fantasia performers.

Missing the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition? We are, too. That’s why we created the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition “Home Edition,” sponsored by Nutrena. Similar to the traditional VHRC, but with a new format, the virtual VHRC encourages competitors to video their performances in their home arenas. The top ten performers will be featured in the virtual event, with winners announced via social media on Friday, April 9. Want to enter? Visit us online for entry details and more at https://equineaffaire.com/events/ohio/ohio-participate/ohio-compete/ohio-versatile-horse-rider-competition/.  Entries are due March 12th!

Finally, the Mustang Trainers Incentive Program Challenge, which was originally scheduled to take place at our in-person event, will be broadcast via our virtual event on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11. Participants in the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Trainer Incentive Program adopt a wild mustang, then spend one hundred days gentling the animal in order to showcase its trainability and value in a competition setting. Children as young as eight are eligible to participate and compete alongside adults, and you’ll be amazed at what these youths and adults can accomplish with these horses by building on a foundation of time, trust, patience and skill.

Remember, the virtual Equine Affaire is free to attend! No tickets needed. Make plans today to join us online on April 8-11, 2021, and bookmark https://equineaffaire.com/events/ohio/ohio-attend/ohio-general-information/virtual-event/. We’ll see you at Equine Affaire online!

For more information on Equine Affaire, please visit www.equineaffaire.com, email info@equineaffaire.com, or call our office at (740) 845-0085.

 

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2021 EQUINE AFFAIRE IN OHIO TRANSITIONS TO A VIRTUAL EVENT

To Equine Affaire’s Supporters and Participants,

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect each and every one of us, our surroundings, and our businesses. Infection numbers continue to increase and while there is hope that the pandemic will begin to subside in 2021, we sadly share that Equine Affaire in Ohio on April 8-11, 2021, will not take place as an “in-person” event. The Ohio Expo Center is currently being utilized by Columbus Health and will continue to serve as a COVID-19 testing site in the coming months. It is also slated to be a location for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines once they become available for distribution. With the inability to produce the event at the Ohio Expo Center coupled with current health guidelines and regulations beyond our control, the 2021 “in-person” Equine Affaire in Ohio originally scheduled for April 8-11, will not take place at the Ohio Expo Center next spring and will instead be held as a virtual event.

The virtual Equine Affaire will occur online on April 8-11, 2020, complete with education, shopping, competition and more! Stay tuned to our web site, equineaffaire.com, and social media platforms as we connect attendees with exhibitors and other virtual content, plus exciting updates about upcoming events and special features.

Equine Affaire will reach out directly to attendees who had exchanged tickets for the 2021 Ohio event as well as exhibitors regarding their exhibit arrangements.

Equine Affaire highly values the health, safety, and well-being of all who enthusiastically support Equine Affaire from year to year, and we are committed to producing our signature in-person events again in the future. Mark your calendars for November 11-14, 2021, as we return to W. Springfield, MA, and April 7-10, 2022 in Columbus, OH, bringing you the nation’s premiere equine expositions and equestrian gatherings!

We wish the best of health and well-being to all and look forward to celebrating the horse and the equine industry with you at the next Equine Affaire!

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EQUINE AFFAIRE GOES VIRTUAL: Access Equine Affaire’s free virtual event online, Nov 12-15, 2020

Log on with Equine Affaire for a new and exciting virtual equine event! Equine Affaire in Massachusetts is going entirely online at www.equineaffaire.com on November 12-15, 2020. You can also join the fun by following @equineaffaire on Facebook and Instagram. This virtual show will be a free online experience filled with videos, photos and presentations from North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering. Access links and other details will become active on November 12, so bookmark our social media pages and website today!

This exciting virtual event will feature shopping guides, educational video presentations and editorial content by select clinicians, interviews with clinicians and performers, a virtual Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, highlights of signature event features and much more! By visiting us online at https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-attend/2020-virtual-event/, you’ll get a front-row seat to your favorite equine show without ever leaving your home. We’ll also be showcasing a special behind-the-scenes view of the Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse, with fun facts from some of our favorite performers!

We know our attendees traditionally love to do their Christmas shopping at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, which is why we’ve put together comprehensive shopping guides to connect you with your favorite exhibitors and vendors. Find what you need – and what you want! – by shopping by category or exhibitor listings. We’ll also be using enhanced advertisements with product videos and pop out photos to give you the opportunity to learn all about new products. It’s the next best thing to browsing our trade show in person!

Equine Affaire has been elevating the equestrian experience since 1994, which includes providing top-notch educational opportunities for equestrians of all skill levels and disciplines. This year, we’ll be featuring video presentations by select presenters, educational articles and exclusive interviews with clinicians. Our Breed Pavilion and is also going online this year, so you’ll get to see your favorite breeds and learn about their respective associations through our virtual event

We’re also proud to launch the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition “Home Edition,” sponsored by Nutrena! Similar to the traditional competition, this new format allows competitors to video their performances from their home arena. The top ten performers will be featured in the virtual event, and we’ll announce the winners via social media on Friday, November 13! If you’re interested in competing, check out https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-participate/mass-compete/mass-versatile-horse-rider-competition/ for entry details. Entries are due October 15.

And just for kids, we’re offering a Stick Horse Coloring Contest. The contest will be divided into age groups and top entries will be highlighted during the virtual event. Let your kids showcase their creativity! Visit https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-participate/mass-compete/mass-stick-horse-coloring-contest/ to download your stick horse head and entry form. Stick Horse entries are due October 15.

We hope you’ll join us for our virtual Equine Affaire event, and we look forward to seeing you online at www.equineaffaire.com on November 12-15, 2020!

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Cancellation of 2020 Equine Affaire in Massachusetts

Equine Affaire Supporters and Participants,

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and we are unable to predict exactly where things will be in November. With ongoing concerns regarding the pandemic as well as the inability to produce the event under current guidelines and regulations, the 2020 Equine Affaire in Massachusetts will be postponed to November 11-14, 2021.

The staff and management of Equine Affaire highly value the health, safety, and well-being of all who wholeheartedly support Equine Affaire from year to year, and we are committed to producing our signature in-person events again in the future. Mark your calendars for 2021 as we return to Columbus, OH, on April 8-11, 2021, and to W. Springfield, MA, on November 11-14, 2021, bringing you the nation’s premiere equine expositions and equestrian gatherings!

And stay tuned to our web site, equineaffaire.com, and social media platforms as we connect attendees with exhibitors and other virtual interactive content this fall, plus exciting updates about next year’s events and special features.

We wish the best of health and well-being to all in the coming months and look forward to celebrating the horse and the equine industry with you in a brilliant way in 2021!

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Equine Affaire Podcast Season 2, Episode 1

Season 2 of the Equine Affaire podcast is here! In this episode, special guest Misha Duvernoy discusses the fun and educational opportunities available for visitors in the Breed Pavilion at Equine Affaire. Misha Duvernoy is a member of the board of the directors and the secretary for the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society. Every year, members of GVHS play an active role in the Breed Pavilion and participate in breed demonstrations with their beautiful feathered draft horses.

To learn more about the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society, visit vanners.org. And be sure to check out equineaffaire.com for more information on the Breed Pavilion as well as the upcoming Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, scheduled for November 12-15, 2020, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield.

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2020 Ohio Equine Affaire Raffle Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2020 Ohio Equine Affaire raffle!
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Winners of a $100 gift certificate to SmartPak:
Leandra Grasso
Susan Bauer
Petra Chumbley
Michele Rizco
Katlyn Hommel
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Winners of a $175 gift certificate to Muck Booth Company

Carrie Ball
Terri Thomas
Christine Heffelbower
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Winners of a $100 gift certificate to The Wire Horse

Tabitha Kelley
Kim Marchand
Michelle Welshans
Anita Olin
Elizabeth Higgins
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Winners of a $500 gift certificate to Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies

Jess Sudvary
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Winners of a pair of single-day admission tickets to the 2021 Equine Affaire in Ohio

Sarah Lodwick
Laura Townsend
Kerry Maddocks
Olivia Lang
Noelle Worm
Holly Propst
Kris Medley
Emily Billups
Carrie Sell
Teri Boyd

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Refunds, Exchanges, and Credits for the 2020 Equine Affaire in Ohio

Dear Equine Affaire Attendees, Exhibitors, Sponsors and Participants,

We are all deeply disappointed by the cancellations of the 2020 Equine Affaire and Fantasia in Columbus. We were truly heartbroken to have had to cancel these productions, but ultimately the health and safety of all of our valued participants is of the utmost importance.

The educational program developed for this year’s Equine Affaire was a fabulous one, and we are already working towards trying to replicate it—to the extent possible—for the 2021 Equine Affaire that will take place April 8-11. We are also hoping to recreate the 2020 Fantasia in 2021…as the show we had developed for this year was destined to delight horse enthusiasts of all ages.

The COVID-19 virus has created unimaginable changes in all our lives and is wreaking havoc with our personal finances and the economy worldwide. As you are well aware, event cancellations have had a devastating impact on the travel industry and event production organizations everywhere. Equine Affaire is no exception. With the cancellation of the Ohio event, the company has lost half of its revenue for the year…revenue that usually covers the payroll for our seven full-time employees and a wide range of operating and event production expenses. The company will endure, but it has taken a huge hit from which it will take careful planning and time to recover.

Equine Affaire has extensive obligations to exhibitors, sponsors, participants, and ticket holders and our team has given great thought to how to manage and balance these obligations while keeping the company viable.

Refund and credit options have been issued to all event participants directly via email. All refund or credit request forms must be received by Equine Affaire no later than May 1st. Please do not provide any credit card or bank account information on request forms.

It is with immense gratitude that we thank our Equine Affaire participants for their unwavering enthusiasm each April. You inspire our team to plan and produce first class events serving horse people and the horse industry. We look forward to seeing you again next April 8-11 in Columbus and sharing our passion for horses together.

We wish you, your family, and your horses good health.

Kindest regards,

Coagi Long

President                                            


Mark your calendar for our future dates!
November 12-15, 2020 in W. Springfield, MA  | April 8-11, 2021 in Columbus, OH

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Cancellation of 2020 Equine Affaire in Ohio

Equine Affaire Attendees, Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Participants,

It is with great sadness and disappointment that we announce the Equine Affaire scheduled to take place April 2-5 at the Ohio Expo Center has been cancelled. This cancellation is based upon the evolving COVID-19 virus threat that is sweeping not only our state and nation, but the globe. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health have issued an executive order prohibiting mass gatherings and events from taking place within the State of Ohio until further notice as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19.

The staff and management of Equine Affaire highly value the health and well-being of all who enthusiastically support Equine Affaire from year to year, and this cancellation is not something that we take lightly. Details will be forthcoming regarding refunds, exchanges and plans for moving forward. Updates will be posted on equineaffaire.com by March 25th. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to finalize plans for our patrons.

Looking forward, we encourage you to mark your calendars as we will be returning to the Ohio Expo Center April 8-11, 2021 and to W. Springfield, MA, on November 12-15, 2020, bringing you the nation’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering. We are all in this together and wish the best of health and well-being to all as we navigate the unique and challenging times before us.

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Embrace the Equestrian Experience

Share the magic of Equine Affaire with your family and friends!

This spring, pamper the horse lover in your family with tickets to North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering. On April 2-5, 2020, tens of thousands of horse enthusiasts will gather at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, for four days of horse-filled activities at Equine Affaire. With tickets at just $15/day per adult and discount and free tickets available for kids, there’s no better place to bring the whole family to discover the magical world of the horse. At Equine Affaire, you can experience the joy of riding horses for the first time with special ride-a-horse events, learn all about horses from the industry’s top experts and trainers, and shop for your perfect horse accessories at the largest horse-themed trade show in the Midwest.

To purchase tickets, visit equineaffaire.com or call the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085. General admission tickets for adults are $15/day or $50/four-day pass. Tickets for children, ages 7-10, are $8/day, and children ages 6 and under receive free admission. With Equine Affaire’s new digital ticket delivery methods, entry at the event is hassle-free! After purchase, electronic tickets will be delivered to you via email. Store electronic tickets on your mobile device for scanning upon arrival at the event or print your own at home. Hours for the event are 9 am to 7 pm, Thursday through Saturday, and 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Please note the Ohio Expo Center charges for parking.

For the price of general admission, you can attend all clinics, seminars and demonstrations, visit dozens of specially themed pavilions and exhibits, browse acres of vendors at the Equine Affaire trade show, and cheer on horses and riders in multiple competitions throughout the weekend. Special hands-on activities, such as Ride A Haflinger, are also included. Be sure to visit the Ohio Haflinger Association booth in the Breed Pavilion to sign up for your chance to ride a unique breed of horse known as the Haflinger. Veterans, active-duty soldiers and first responders, visit the Operation Horses & Heroes, Inc. booth in the Breed Pavilion to sign up for A Horse for Heroes, a special opportunity for you to experience the benefits of equine-assisted activities for the first time.

Equine Affaire also presents two brand-new events this year. In addition to the annual Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, Equine Affaire will host the International Liberty Horse Association Freestyle Invitational and the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Trainer Incentive Program Challenge. First, don’t miss the excitement of the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, which will take place Friday, April 3 in the Coliseum. More than two dozen horse-and-rider pairs will compete to see who can complete a timed obstacle course with the fewest penalties in the shortest amount of time. Then explore the ILHA Freestyle Invitational, which showcases the special performances of liberty trainers and their horses, and the Mustang TIP Challenge, which features a two-part event where trainers will gentle untamed mustangs right before your eyes. Catch the prelims of the ILHA Freestyle Invitational and the Mustang TIP Challenge on Friday, April 3, and then stay for the finals for both events on Saturday, April 4.

When you purchase your tickets for Equine Affaire, be sure to buy separate digital tickets for Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse! Performances of Fantasia will take place in the Coliseum at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights of the event. No day at Equine Affaire is complete without experiencing the Fantasia, an evening filled with incredible equine performances set to various types of popular music. Sponsored by Absorbine, the Fantasia will feature liberty routines, freestyles, comedic performances, thrilling drill team demonstrations, and a breathtaking display of speed and fire by the exotic Icelandic ponies and their riders. Tickets for Fantasia range from $14-$25 and are available online at equineaffaire.com or by calling the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085. Like your Equine Affaire general admission tickets, Fantasia tickets will be delivered to your email after purchase.

Make your hotel reservations for Equine Affaire early by visiting our list of host hotels, available online at equineaffaire.com. Mention Equine Affaire when you make the reservation to get special discounted rates. For more information about the event, including a full schedule, call the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085 between 9 am and 5 pm EST, Monday through Friday, or go online to equineaffaire.com. We’ll see you in Columbus!

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