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EXPERIENCE THE ENCHANTMENT OF FANTASIA: Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse returns Nov 11-13, 2021.

Are you ready to experience the wonder and magic of Fantasia? Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse returns this fall to the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, for three spectacular nighttime performances! Become part of the magic on Thursday, November 11; Friday, November 12; or Saturday, November 13 at 7:30 pm in the Coliseum. Sponsored by Absorbine®, every performance of the Fantasia is unique and filled with exciting equestrian performances, novelty acts and elite demonstrations of multiple disciplines, such as liberty, drill team routines, Spanish garrocha, driving, and more. With just three performances, tickets will sell out fast – so buy your tickets online today at EquineAffaire.com or by calling the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085.

Fans of Fantasia know that when the lights go down in the Coliseum, the stars come out in the form of dancing horses and riders. This fall, there’s no end to the stars that will illuminate the Coliseum arena. Third generation circus animal trainer Jenny Vidbel O’Donnell will thrill audiences with a liberty performance featuring 16 horses and ponies. Coached by champions, the Diamond D Cowgirls Mounted Drill Team performs exciting, star-spangled drill routines at rodeos, competitions and events across the nation, and this year, they’ll bring their own particular brand of magic to the Fantasia! National champion para athlete Fred Win will perform Spanish garrocha and light up the coliseum with the beauty and grace of his performance. Featuring spins, circles and thrilling stops, renowned National Reining Horse Association Professional Horseman Bryan Penquite’s reining routine will bring audiences to their feet. If you’ve never seen a high school long-lining routine set to music, then you don’t want to miss lifelong horsewoman Christine Drentwett’s fabulous performance. Other acts will include a pas de deux, Gypsy Vanner driving and more. You never know what you’ll see at Fantasia.

Ready to purchase your tickets for Fantasia? Depending on your seat selection, tickets cost $14, $18, $20 or $25. Tickets sell out quickly, so reserve your seat today! General admission tickets for Equine Affaire are also on sale now. You can purchase your Fantasia and Equine Affaire tickets online at EquineAffaire.com or by calling the Equine Affaire Office at (740) 845-0085 any time from 9 am to 5 pm EST, Monday through Friday.

Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges the official sponsor of Fantasia, Absorbine®. To learn more about Absorbine® and its family of products, visit their booth in the trade show at Equine Affaire this fall, November 11-14, 2021. We’ll see you at Equine Affaire!

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GET READY TO RIDE WITH A PRO: Amplify your riding skills with expert instruction from the world’s best equine educators, coaches and trainers at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts.

From the recreational trail rider to the top eventer, there’s always something new to learn for every equestrian. This fall, join us at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts for an educational equine extravaganza. This year’s event includes more than 150 individual clinics, seminars and demonstrations with some of the industry’s most renowned horsemen and horsewomen, so it’s the perfect time to seize your chance to Ride with a Pro! Apply by September 10, 2021, for your opportunity to participate in a clinic with our featured general horsemanship clinicians, Ken McNabb, Dan James, Lynn Palm and JR Robles, or with the discipline-specific clinician of your choice. More than 20 presenters have confirmed so far, and additional clinicians will be announced in the coming months as we count down to Equine Affaire in Massachusetts on November 11-14, 2021.

With educational sessions for riders of all disciplines at all skill levels, there is a clinic tailor-made for you. Need help with general horsemanship? Apply to ride with Ken McNabb, Dan James, Lynn Palm or JR Robles. Elevate your dressage skills with Lendon Gray and Stephen Hayes or try your hand at Western dressage with Lynn Palm. Reining and ranch horse fans will delight in working with Bryan Penquite, while trail and general horsemanship enthusiasts should apply to ride with Ed Dabney. Other confirmed clinicians include Laura Kelland May (hunter/jumper), Steven Stevens (general horsemanship), Bob Giles (driving), Shaina Humphrey (hunter under saddle), Anita Howe (easy gaited horses), Karen Rohlf (biomechanics), Luke Reinbold (trail obstacles), Stephanie Hayes (working equitation), Wendy Murdoch (SureFoot, Murdoch Method) and Sharon Wilsie (Horse Speak®). Stay tuned to equineaffaire.com or follow us on social media @EquineAffaire as more presenters are announced.

To apply to Ride with a Pro, visit equineaffaire.com (select the Massachusetts event, click “Participate” and then “Ride with a Pro”) or you can contact Lori Helsel at lhelsel@equineaffaire.com or by calling (740) 845-0085, ext. 107. Fees for clinics range from $75-$350. All clinic fees include participation in the clinic, admission to Equine Affaire on the day of the clinic and twenty-four hours of stabling for your horse. All applications are due by September 10, 2021.

It’s also time to apply for the 2021 Versatile Horse and Rider Competition, which will take place on Friday, November 12, 2021, in the Coliseum at the Eastern States Exposition. Put your horsemanship skills to the ultimate test by competing with other horse and rider pairs in a timed obstacle race! The course for the VHRC will be constructed within the coliseum arena and may feature any number of trail obstacles and riding challenges, such as backing through patterns, pole bending, gymkhana games, working gates and others. With $5,500 in prize money at stake, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to showcase your horse’s exceptional talents and willingness to please! Cash and other prizes are available for the top ten riders. Riders must be at least 18 years old to apply. For application materials and other details, visit equineaffaire.com and select the Massachusetts event, click “Participate” and then click “Versatile Horse & Rider Competition.”

General admission tickets and Fantasia tickets are on sale now through equineaffaire.com or by calling the main office. If you’re ready to plan your trip to Massachusetts, visit our website for a list of host hotels, location and event hours, health and safety guidelines and more. For questions or ticket orders, 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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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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