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Never Stop Learning at Equine Affaire

Hone your horsemanship skills by learning from the best at Equine Affaire in Ohio.

With education at its heart and the equine industry as its canvas, there’s no better place to learn more about horses than Equine Affaire. In addition to educational forums and interactive exhibits designed to educate youth and beginners, Equine Affaire offers a robust schedule of educational clinics, demonstrations and seminars for equestrians from every discipline and skill level. Plan your trip to Columbus, Ohio, today to visit the Ohio Expo Center on April 2-5, 2020, for the opportunity to learn firsthand from some of the industry’s best and brightest clinicians during Equine Affaire.

This year’s event showcases the knowledge and talents of Jonathan Field, Craig Cameron, Warwick Schiller, Tik Maynard, Lynn Palm, Jonath Robles and Jim Thomas, plus dozens of other discipline-specific clinicians. With clinics covering everything from general training and horsemanship to core strengthening and yoga for horses, there’s a session for everyone. Best of all, attendance for all clinics is included in the price of general admission – just $15/day for adults or $50 for a four-day pass, while tickets for children (7-10) are $8/day and children six-and-under attend for free. Purchase your tickets today by visiting equineaffaire.com and enjoy the added convenience of new digital ticket delivery.

At Equine Affaire in Ohio, make sure to attend one of Jonathan Field’s sessions on general training and horsemanship. When he isn’t at home on his ranch north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Jonathan Field travels throughout North America sharing his “Inspired by Horses” horsemanship program and working with students of all riding levels. Though his initial equestrian pursuits were within the English realm, he transitioned years ago to become a working cowboy. Following an industrial accident at the age of only 19, horses played a crucial role in Field’s recovery—both physically and mentally. This tragedy cemented his dedication to horses and his desire to “give back to the world of horses” by building his career around them and sharing what he has learned.

Craig Cameron’s motivational and entertaining speaking style focuses on the training principles of patience and understanding. A life-long rancher, working cowboy and horse trainer, Craig Cameron has developed a keen understanding of the Western lifestyle and discipline. After years of bull riding on the professional rodeo circuit and successfully operating his cattle business, Cameron decided to give something back to the horse by devoting his time and talents to training horses. By honing his horsemanship skills and conducting clinics throughout North America and beyond, Cameron has become a household name in the horse industry. His work has earned him the prestigious American Cowboy Culture Working Cowboy of the Year award. Currently Cameron can be found hosting a horse training program as well as his Extreme Cowboy Races on RFD-TV and at equine venues throughout the country and working on his Double Horn Ranches in Bluff Dale, TX, and Lincoln, NM.

Although Warwick Schiller grew up riding Quarter Horses in Australia, he has called the United States home for almost thirty years. An accomplished reining competitor, Schiller has multiple championship titles in the United States and Australia, including being a member of the 2010 and 2018 Australian Reining Teams at the World Equestrian Games. In addition to training his own horses, Schiller is passionate about working with riders from all disciplines to help them improve their communication and relationship with their horse. In 2012, he began to record his training methods for everything from starting young horses to retraining problem horses. Originally started on a YouTube channel, the Warwick Schiller Performance Horsemanship Online Video Library now hosts more than 500 videos and 300 hours of training footage with more than 20 million views. Though his home base is in Hollister, CA, Schiller spends a lot of time on the road conducting clinics throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

Eventer and natural horsemanship advocate Tik Maynard is a fifth generation equestrian from Vancouver, Canada. He spent his youth riding in Pony Club, where he got involved in Tetrathlon, a sport that incorporates running, swimming, shooting, and riding. He eventually found his way to Modern Pentathlon competitions, which include all of the sports that make up Tetrathlons, plus fencing. Maynard spent six years competing in the Modern Pentathlon on the Canadian National Team and was a member of the Canadian team at the 2007 Pan American Games, three World Championships, and eleven World Cups before focusing his competitive sights on eventing. He was long-listed for the Canadian eventing team for the 2012 London Olympics and is currently long-listed for the national eventing team. Maynard conducts eventing and natural horsemanship clinics throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

For 50 years, Lynn Palm has championed the partnership of horse and rider. An international clinician, she travels extensively from her facilities at Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, FL, where she and her husband, Cyril Pittion-Rossillon, teach the fundamentals of their Palm Equestrian Academy. Palm is an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) judge and holds her USEF R Western Dressage judges license. Continuing to compete in both United States Dressage Federation and Western Dressage Association of America shows, her competition record is second to none. Palm was a special guest performer at the 1996 Olympics and was named 2000 AQHA Female Equestrian of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation. In 2003, she was the recipient of Equine Affaire’s Exceptional Equestrian Educator Award, and she was titled Horsewoman of the year in 2007 by the American Quarter Horse Association. Palm presented as a clinician and entertainer at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the 2017 FEI World Cup Finals.

Like many trainers, Jonath Robles grew up with a passion for horses. Though he put his passion on hold to attend the University of Oregon and earn a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, his education ultimately influenced his training methods. Robles researched why certain people were more successful in life than others — namely due to opportunity, education, and having the right connections — and implemented those ideas into the world of horses. Out of his J. R. Horse Training in Newberg, OR, Robles specializes in colt starting, western dressage, reining, and working with “problem” horses. After being exposed to horse trainers that used a lot of old school cowboy training methods, which seemed more cruel than effective in his eyes, Robles became fascinated with natural horsemanship, and now uses it as the driving teaching method in his training. When he’s not training or teaching clinics, Robles enjoys competing in colt starting competitions. Robles was named the Colt Starting Reserve Champion during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2016.

Jim Thomas has spent his entire life surrounded by horses, but it wasn’t until his retirement from the U.S. Army in 2007 that he began training horses full-time. That same year, he competed in his first Extreme Mustang Makeover, which became a pivotal point in his horsemanship journey. After training that mustang, Thomas earned a reputation for being able to work with wild or difficult horses. He has trained almost 100 mustangs since then and continues to compete in the Extreme Mustang Makeover every year. Outside of working with horses and riders of all disciplines on his ranch in Pittsboro, NC, Thomas conducts clinics, writes articles for Southeast Equine and Carolina Hoofbeats, and is currently working on a book. He has also served in various positions as a North Carolina Horse Council Executive Board Member and is a member of the Chatham County Equine Advisory Board.

Attendees at the 2020 Equine Affaire in Ohio will also have the opportunity to learn from:

  • Jonathon Millar, hunter/jumper
  • Jeremy Steinberg, dressage
  • Kevin Oliver, reining & trail
  • Tik Maynard, eventing
  • Kristin Weaver-Brown, barrel racing
  • Liz Austin, dressage
  • Heidi Potter, Centered Riding®
  • Lynn Palm, western dressage
  • Rick Christy, Western horsemanship & hunter under saddle
  • Suzy Stafford, driving
  • Simon Cocozza, core strengthening & yoga for horses
  • Gary Lane, easy gaited horses
  • Sarah Track, saddleseat
  • Jerry Paulsen, veteran equine assisted activities
  • Paul Garrison, mules
  • Heidi McLaughlin, overcoming fear
  • The Young Guns Equestrian Drill Team, drill teams
  • The 6th Ohio Mounted Buglers and 2nd Cavalry Brigade, mounted cavalry

Tickets for Equine Affaire in Ohio are on sale now at equineaffaire.com. After purchase, electronic tickets will be delivered via email. Store your electronic ticket on your phone for scanning upon arrival or print at home and present your printed tickets at the gate. For additional information about Equine Affaire, including demo schedules, host hotels, and more, visit equineaffaire.com or call the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085 between 9 am and 5 pm EST, Monday through Friday.

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Equine Affaire Podcast #7

In this episode, we talk to Loretta Weber, who has participated in the Ride with a Pro clinic program at Equine Affaire many times. Loretta lives in Burlington, New Jersey, and raises and trains American Paint Horses and American Quarter Horses. Loretta enjoys trail rides, trail challenges, ranch riding, ranch pleasure, dressage, hunters, and gymkhanas. Through Ride with a Pro, Loretta has ridden with Julie Goodnight, Steve Lantvit and Lynn Palm.

Interested in participating in the Ride With A Pro clinic program at Equine Affaire? Hurry! Applications are due on Friday, February 14. Application materials are available online here.

General admission tickets to Equine Affaire (available online here) include auditing of hundreds of clinics, seminars, and demonstrations scheduled for April 2-5, 2020 at the Ohio Expo Center!

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Equine Affaire Podcast #6

In this episode we talk to Michele Sumner about exhibiting in the Breed Pavilion.

Michele is from Brunswick, Ohio, and has attended multiple Equine Affaire events. Her first experience at Equine Affaire as an active participant was in Massachusetts in 2016, when she assisted at the Gypsy Vanner Horse booth. Michele is the proud owner of a 3-year-old registered Gypsy Vanner mare named Sugar Hill Ailish West, and she has exhibited with Ailish in the Breed Pavilion at Equine Affaire twice. Hear all about what you can find in the Breed Pavilion at Equine Affaire.

To learn more about the Breed Pavilion at Equine Affaire, and view a list of participating breeds, click here. If you’re interested in exhibiting in the Breed Pavilion, please click here or contact Karin Brennan at (740) 845-0085 ext. 112 or kbrennan@equineaffaire.com.

General admission tickets to Equine Affaire (available online here) include admission to the Breed Pavilion and all other specialty pavilions along with the hundreds of clinics, seminars, and demonstrations scheduled for April 2-5, 2020 at the Ohio Expo Center!

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Share the Equestrian Experience: Showcase Your Horse & Farm at Equine Affaire in Ohio

If you own horses, you already understand the special nature of the connection between horses and humans. At Equine Affaire, you can share the equestrian experience with people from all walks of life, including those who have never had the opportunity to love a horse like you do. By presenting at the Horse & Farm Exhibit, you can interact with tens of thousands of horse lovers and share all about your horse, your farm or your equestrian business. There’s no better place to share your love of horses than at North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering. Bring your horses and reunite with your equine community on April 2-5, 2020, at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Every year, the Horse & Farm Exhibits present visitors with a glimpse into the wide world of horses by showcasing a variety of breeds, from the familiar to the fascinating. This year’s event includes horses ranging in size from majestic Clydesdales to adorable ponies and miniature donkeys. In addition to promotional booths, breed exhibits and horses for sale, the Horse & Farm Exhibit includes the Adoption Affaire. Participating in the Horse & Farm Exhibits is easy, economical and fun, and there are multiple ways for equine businesses to participate in one of Equine Affaire’s most popular exhibits.

Reserve your Horse & Farm stall today and come prepared to decorate your stall front or aisle with celebratory banners, awards and photos to promote your horse or farm. Located in the Gilligan Complex, Horse & Farm stalls are priced as follows: inline stalls, $150; end stalls on the center aisle of the barn, $175; and end stalls on the outer aisle of the barn, $200. All stalls are 10×10 and include a one-line listing of the stall number, horse breed and phone number (or website) on the Equine Affaire website before the event and in the official event program during the event. Applications and payment must be received by the Equine Affaire office by 2/28/2020. Exhibitors should commit to presenting for at least three days. Interested parties can also take advantage of possible participation options with Equine Affaire’s Breed Pavilion.

Bring your horses for sale to Equine Affaire. Marked by orange tags at the event, the For Sale stalls are a popular part of the Horse & Farm Exhibits. For $150, you can house your horse for sale in a 10×10 inline stall in the Gilligan Complex. All For Sale stalls include a sign to post on the stall and a free listing pre-event on equineaffaire.com. You must commit to exhibiting your horse at least two days of the event, and if your horse is sold, you may substitute another horse. Potential buyers, age 18 and over, may test ride your horse at the event with the proper releases. Find your horse’s next perfect home at Equine Affaire!

Equine Affaire is proud to promote the missions of equine rescues, sanctuaries, and The Right Horse Initiative, and provide a special way for horses in need to find new owners through the Adoption Affaire. Adoption stalls are $150 for a 10 x 10 stall in the Gilligan Complex. Each stall includes a green “Adoption Affaire” sign to post on the stall and a free listing, pre-event, on the Equine Affaire website that provides the horse’s breed, age, gender, name, discipline, price, photo and stall location. Adoption participants should commit to exhibiting their horse for at least two days of the event.

All stalls include one 4-day adult ticket ($50 value). Tack stalls are also available for $100. Showcase your horse and farm at Equine Affaire—the place where all breeds, all disciplines, and all facets of the equine industry come together to celebrate the horse! For more information about participating at Equine Affaire in Ohio, contact Karin Brennan at (740) 845-0085, ext. 112, or email kbrennan@equineaffaire.com. You can also visit equineaffaire.com for more information.

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Fall in Love with Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s Musical Celebration of the Horse

If you love horses, music and a good time, then Fantasia is the show for you! Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse combines the talents of the world’s best equestrian performers with the magic of music to create one of the horse industry’s most beloved traditions. Purchase advance tickets online today at equineaffaire.com to claim your seat at one of just three performances of Fantasia, happening nightly from April 2-4, 2020, during Equine Affaire at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio.

After a day spent enjoying the sights and sounds of Equine Affaire in Ohio, let Fantasia thrill you with the wonders of an equestrian’s dream brought to life. From bridleless dressage freestyles to exciting drill team routines, this year’s Fantasia promises to delight equestrians of all ages with a medley of equestrian performances. Third-generation circus performer and equestrian Jenny Vidbel will perform one of her most popular liberty routines, featuring eighteen horses and ponies. Dressage fans will love the elegance and precision of Cedar Potts’ bridleless dressage freestyle, while Caleb Carinci will defy gravity with a vaulting routine. Nate Eicher’s comical freestyle showcases the talents and abilities of his Mustangs, and the Jerry Diaz Family will add a touch of Spanish flair to the show. If you love speed, the Young Guns Equestrian Drill Team and the Red Rock Riders Drill Team will set your heart to pounding with their speedy turns and elaborate drill patterns. Finally, the Knights of Iceland will set fire to the Coliseum – quite literally – with their band of speedy Icelandic ponies, sharing a glimpse into the myths and wonders of Iceland. The doors to the Coliseum open nightly at 6:45 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm.

Equine Affaire returns to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio on April 2-5, 2020. General admission tickets for Equine Affaire and advance tickets for Fantasia, priced from $14 to $25, are available now at equineaffaire.com. Purchase your tickets online to enjoy Equine Affaire’s new hassle-free digital ticket delivery. Print tickets at home or present them on your mobile device to be scanned for easy entry to both events. You can also purchase tickets for both events by calling the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085, any time between 9 am and 5 pm EST, Monday through Friday.

Equine Affaire proudly acknowledges Absorbine® as the official sponsor of Fantasia. Visit the Absorbine® booth in the trade show during your visit to Equine Affaire in Ohio to learn more about one of the horse industry’s oldest and most trusted brands.

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