W. SPRINGFIELD, MA, July 7, 2023 – Join us at the Eastern States Exposition this November as Equine Affaire in Massachusetts celebrates its sterling anniversary in the Bay State! In 1994, Equine Affaire debuted its flagship event in Ohio. Four years later, buoyed by the excitement and loyalty of our fans, the expo expanded to New England, launching the first ever Equine Affaire in Massachusetts at the Eastern States Expo in November of 1998. Now, 25 years later, North America’s premier equine expo and equestrian gathering is primed to celebrate a very special jubilee – and you’re all invited!
Journey to Massachusetts with us on November 9-12, 2023, for Equine Affaire’s silver anniversary event. Filled with all the features you’ve come to know and love, plus tons of new surprises, there’s something special waiting for every horse lover at Equine Affaire. Elevate your equestrian experience with clinics, sessions, and demonstrations; interactive exhibits; world-class shopping; hands-on activities; themed pavilions; exciting competitions for horses and people; watch parties; stellar evening entertainment, and so much more! If you love horses, Equine Affaire is the expo for you.
Tickets for this unmissable equestrian extravaganza and for Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse, go on sale on July 12 via equineaffaire.com. Adult tickets to the expo are $18 per day or $55 for a four-day pass (that’s a savings of $17!); children’s tickets are $10 per day for ages 7-10; and children six and under get in for free. Hours for the expo are from 9 am to 7 pm, Thursday through Saturday, and from 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday. General admission includes entry to the largest equine-related trade show in the east; numerous theme pavilions, exhibits, and special activities; competitions; and all horse clinics, seminars, and demonstrations. Separate tickets are required for Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s companion nighttime show, and range in price from $16-$27. Sponsored by Absorbine®, Fantasia will run for three performances only on November 9, 10, and 11. Doors open for seating at 6:45 pm. The show begins at 7:30 pm and will last for approximately two hours with one 15-minute intermission. On July 12, get your tickets at https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-attend/mass-tickets/.
For almost three decades, Equine Affaire has built its reputation around providing education and entertainment for every equestrian. No matter your discipline, level of experience, or area of interest, there’s something horse-related for you to learn, enjoy, or celebrate at this event. Are you ready for a sneak preview of the 25th Equine Affaire in Massachusetts?
Equine Affaire is proud to announce an exceptional coterie of the horse industry’s best and brightest stars, including general horsemanship and training clinicians Mike Major, Julie Goodnight, Jason Irwin, Brandi Lyons, and Chelsea Canedy! Eager for help with a specific discipline? Look for Phillip Dutton (eventing); Steffen Peters and Jeanne McDonald (dressage); Andrew Welles (hunter/jumper); Greg Robinson (ranch horse versatility); Mark Bolender (mountain trail); Stacy Giere (driving); Bronwyn Irwin (pole bending); Lynn Newton (Western dressage); Carl Bledsoe (easy gaited); Jim Masterson (equine bodywork); Marty Whittle (rider biomechanics); Copper Hill Vaulting Team (vaulting); and many more to be announced. Hundreds of educational sessions, clinics, and demonstrations will take place around the clock across multiple arenas throughout the event. We recommend coming for the whole weekend so you can catch sessions with all your favorite horsey celebrities! Details on the expo’s celebrated Ride with a Pro program, sponsored by Fair Hill Saddlery, will be announced soon. Applications and information on how you can ride with the pro of your choice at the event will be posted at https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-participate/mass-ride-in-clinics/mass-ride-with-a-pro/.
No horse expo is complete without horses, of course. Come meet and greet with horses of all different shapes, sizes, breeds, colors, and disciplines in the Breed Pavilion and the Horse & Farm Exhibits during Equine Affaire. Whether you live for the elegance and grace of the Friesian, enjoy thrilling to the curls of a Bashkir Curly, or want to lose your heart to an Icelandic Horse, plan to wander the stalls and exhibits from end to end to meet them all. And if you’re looking for your next best friend or riding partner, check out the Adoption Affaire, presented in partnership with the ASPCA Right Horse, as well as the Horses for Sale.
Interested in competing? Applications for the fan-favorite Versatile Horse and Rider Competition will be posted online soon! With $5,500 in cash and other prizes at stake, the VHRC is going to be one exciting race – and there are just 25 spots available to ride. Brush up on your horsemanship skills, practice with your favorite obstacles (and a few new ones!), and start planning ahead for your chance to race the clock in the Coliseum. Or if you aren’t planning to bring your own horse, there’s a brand-new opportunity to win prizes and bragging rights at Equine Affaire – no horse required. Compete in the first annual Great Equestrian Fitness Challenge, a fun way for barn yard Olympians to test their mettle and show off their strength and skills in front of all their friends. Look for more details on this hilarious new offering on our website, coming soon!
We know our most diehard fans love to shop, so of course, we have a tremendous trade show planned for our 25th anniversary. Featuring some of the biggest names in the industry, our trade show is the perfect place to meet and greet with representatives from Absorbine, US Equestrian, GGT Footing, Horizon Structures, Fair Hill Saddlery, Saddle Up Clothing Company, Poulin Grain, Smartpak, Spalding Fly Predators, The Impeccable Equerry, The Certified Horsemanship Association, Straight Arrow Products, Boehringer Ingelheim, Mainline Fence, The English Saddler, The Equestrian Collection, and hundreds more. Shop and show your support to all our incredible vendors, then pay a visit to the Marketplace Consignment Shop, where equestrians just like you can consign their gently used horsey goods.
Oh, and did we mention Fantasia? Equine Affaire’s musical nighttime show, sponsored by Absorbine, will feature an incredible line-up of equine and equestrian performers. Spend the day at the expo, then settle in for an evening of entertainment with such stars as the Pegasus Trick Riders, Bobby Kerr, the Friesian Heritage Drill Team, Melissa Barnett, and many more!
There are plenty of additional reasons to attend Equine Affaire, including interactive activities with horses, networking with equine professionals, learning opportunities for new riders and new horse owners, and lots more anniversary surprises to come! Stay tuned to our social media channels (FB/IG/Twitter: @equineaffaire) and to our website at equineaffaire.com for announcements in the months to come.
Ready to plan your pilgrimage to Massachusetts? Visit equineaffaire.com to stay apprised of all the latest news (remember to select the “Massachusetts” event) and to find a list of our host hotels.
Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges its sponsors: Absorbine, US Equestrian, GGT Footing, Horizon Structures, Fair Hill Saddlery, Tribute Equine Nutrition, and Triple Crown Nutrition. 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!