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09 21


WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA, September 21, 2022 – Do chicken mansions really exist? Are there horses who thrive in swampy conditions (and still manage to have great feet)? Can equine-assisted therapy really help you cope with trauma? If you’ve listened to the most recent episode of the official Equine Affaire podcast, you’d already know the answers to these questions – and more!

This month, Equine Affaire’s blended episode of Horses in the Morning on the Horse Radio Network features interviews with three key participants of the upcoming 2022 Equine Affaire in Massachusetts. Sponsored by Horizon Structures, the September episode gives listeners a glimpse of some special guests that will appear in the Breed Pavilion, the trade show, and in A Horse for Heroes, a special event feature taking place on Veterans Day. This fall’s Equine Affaire will take place on November 10-13, 2022, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

“In this episode, we really wanted to highlight the diversity of everything we have to offer at our event,” said Allison Rehnborg, who co-hosts the show with Glenn Hebert of the Horse Radio Network. “That’s why this month’s guests all represent several different parts of the expo.”

The episode’s first interview is with Pamela Landskroener, owner of Lazy Dog Acres in Maryland. A member of the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association, Landskroener breeds, trains, shows, and sells Marsh Tackies. This fall, she’ll be bringing two of her horses to exhibit in the Breed Pavilion at Equine Affaire and help spread awareness about the breed, which is listed as critically endangered and worthy of further study on the Equus Survival Trust’s 2022 Equine Global Conservation List.

Next, Jill Siragusa – chief marketing officer for Horizon Structures – called in to catch up with Glenn and Allison and share about how horse owners can order custom structures for their farm or home from the company. Horizon Structures is a proud sponsor of Equine Affaire as well as the title sponsor of this month’s episode. Based out of Atglen, Pa., Horizon Structures sells high quality prefabricated structures made by the Amish in the United States. Whether you’re in the market for horse barns, dog kennels, outdoor living spaces, chicken coops (yes, including chicken mansions!), kids’ playsets, or greenhouses, Horizon Structures and their crews can design, build, deliver, and assemble the structure of your dreams. Want to see their products for yourself? Come to Equine Affaire and check out some examples of their work on site at the ESE.

The third segment of the show featured a special interview with Tara Mahoney, CEO, and Ryan Casavant, COO, of the Equine Immersion Project. The Equine Immersion Project’s mission is to support service members and their families through the power of horses by offering equine-assisted therapies and activities. Through these activities, participants can learn coping strategies, interpersonal skills, mindfulness, leadership skills, empathy, and more. This fall, the EIP is bringing its services to Equine Affaire to minister to veterans, military, and first responders with an interactive activity on Friday, November 11 – Veterans Day. Mahoney will also be presenting demonstrations about how horses can help first responders and military. To learn more about the work of the EIP, listen to this valuable interview – then learn more at equineimmersionproject.com.

Ready to listen? Here’s how to catch this episode (plus past and future episodes) of the Equine Affaire podcast collaboration with Horses in the Morning. The Equine Affaire episodes air on the third Thursday of the month.

  • Visit equineaffaire.com/home/podcast, or
  • Open your favorite podcast player (Google Play, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Spotify) and search for “Horses In The Morning,” or
  • Download the Horse Radio Network App & click “Horses In The Morning,” or
  • Jump on HorsesInTheMorning.com, scroll down, and look for our episode!

Interested in advertising on the Equine Affaire podcast? Contact Allison Rehnborg at arehnborg@equineaffaire.com today! Your company name, logo, and commercials could become a part of the Equine Affaire episodes of Horses in the Morning. With over 3,000 episodes produced, Horses in the Morning is the perfect avenue for reaching an audience filled with horse people.

Equine Affaire is an exciting and affordable horse exposition filled with fun activities suitable for families, kids, and equestrians and horseback riders of all ages. General admission tickets include entry to the largest equine-related trade shows in the country; 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 in Massachusetts are available now at equineaffaire.com.

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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09 08


WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA, September 1, 2022 – Are you ready to invest in your riding skills and enhance your knowledge of general horsemanship, but not sure where to start? Come to Equine Affaire! Dedicated to elevating the equestrian experience since 1994, Equine Affaire is North America’s premier horse exposition and equestrian gathering. No matter your discipline, skill level, or area of interest, there’s sure to be an educational clinic, seminar, or demonstration for you, thanks to Equine Affaire’s expansive top-notch educational program. With dozens of presenters booked to appear, including Olympians, judges, professional equestrian performers, veterinarians, professors, and a variety of other top industry professionals, you can’t afford to miss this opportunity to invest in your skills and knowledge for the good of the horse!

Join us at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, on November 10-13, 2022, to learn live and in person! Headlining clinicians Jonathan Field, Pat Parelli, Steve Lantvit, Lorie Duff, and Scott Purdum will teach clinics focused on general horsemanship, including topics such as recognizing body language, simplifying lead changes, steps for starting young horses, improving departures and transitions, and achieving better balance in the saddle. Meanwhile, discipline-specific clinicians will present on topics such as eventing, dressage, hunter/jumpers, Western dressage, driving, vaulting, and more. Read on to learn more about our featured presenters and for a full list of discipline-specific clinicians!

Jonathan Field grew up in both English and Western saddles before becoming a full-time cowboy on one of the largest cattle ranches in Canada. Jonathan decided to become a horseman after surviving a near-death accident that resulted in the amputation of his left hand at the wrist. That ordeal taught him all about how to face challenges in life, and since then, he has dedicated his life to helping people develop their skills and connections with horses and to pursue their dreams. His foundation training program is embraced by people around the world, from those new to horses or those regaining their confidence to elite competitors and industry professionals, and everyone in between. Jonathan’s trademark style prioritizes creating an environment where people can enjoy learning and developing their ability to overcome obstacles, all while having fun. Jonathan is a two-time Road to the Horse finalist, a TEDx presenter, a stunt man in several major motion pictures, and a recipient of the Jack Brainard Horseman’s Award. He is also a horseman, published author, and renowned international clinician.

Starting in 1982, Pat Parelli began creating a natural horsemanship program to improve the relationship between humans and horses. Pat promoted the concept of love, language, and leadership. Pat’s desire to spread this knowledge to the world rose in him after watching his mentors Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt work with horses. In 1984, Pat began teaching clinics, and in 1991, he coined the name Natural Horsemanship. Natural Horsemanship has become a viable and important aspect of the international horse industry and continues to expand and influence the way in which horses are trained. Pat provides amazing talent for both training horses and teaching people. Today, Parelli Natural Horsemanship and the program have spread to 76 countries, over a million people, and have improved the lives of horses around the world.

Steve Lantvit is a multiple World Champion and Reserve title winner in ranch horse competition who believes in training versatile, well-rounded, and capable horses and riders through confidence, mutual respect, and solid communication. As an award-winning clinician and trainer, he builds confidence in horses and riders through cross training and exposure to a variety of situations, improving their performance and attitude whether on the trail or in the show ring. Steve has used his decades of experience in the horse industry to create his own line of training aids for the everyday horse person, including training DVDs, tack, and other equipment. He travels the country teaching clinics in addition to training horses, teaching lessons, and hosting clinics at his ranch in LaPorte, IN. Steve also shares his training insights through a weekly television series, “Sure in the Saddle,” on RFD-TV.

Lorie Duff is an internationally renowned Canadian equestrian trainer and clinician, a Canadian provincial equine judge, an equine business consultant, and a motivational speaker. Born and raised on a scenic dairy farm overlooking the ocean in Topsail, Newfoundland, Lorie credits her parents and “the simple farm life” with how she developed her philosophy of horsemanship. Lorie’s philosophy of communication, trust, and respect helps establish a safe and solid inter-disciplinary platform. Her philosophy also supports and enhances the continued mutual learning of humans and horses that work together. Lorie’s successes from teaching her program have taken her throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. One of her greatest achievements was to be the “First Ever Western Performer” invited to the RCMP Sunset Ceremonies for two consecutive years (2016 and 2017) to showcase the Western discipline and demonstrate her horsemanship philosophies. Today, Lorie owns and operates Liberty Lane Farm, just outside Ottawa, and enjoys traveling across Canada, the United States, and Europe to teach and help as many people as she can.

Scott Purdum created his Advantage Horsemanship™ educational training program with a goal to assist others in expanding their horsemanship knowledge and bring horses and people together through mutual trust and respect. Scott’s passion for horses as a youth, riding hunters and pleasure horses, led him to an internship with top-rated Quarter Horse trainer, Ken Adkins, of West Virginia, and studies in equine science at the University of Maryland. He has authored several articles featuring problem solving training exercises and produced the popular training DVD, “Where Do We Start?” Scott resides in Union Bridge, MD, where he offers clinics, trains horses, runs a Professional Trainer program, and provides riding instruction. He also travels throughout the country offering large group sessions and one-on-one instruction.

In addition to these renowned presenters, Equine Affaire is proud to present discipline-specific clinicians including Gina Miles (eventing), Nona Garson (hunter/jumper), Bill Warren (dressage), Sterling Graburn (driving), Jane Karol (dressage), Chad Crider (barrel racing), Leslie Lopardo (Western dressage), Karen Black (reined cow horse), Michael Gascon (easy gaited horses), Sally Batton (The Athletic Equestrian and Equicize), Ty Evans (mules), Carrie Brandt & Laura Benson (Icelandics), Caleb Carinci Asch (lunging), Joyleen Seymour (Mounted Games), the Copper Hill Vaulters (vaulting), and many, many more. With a schedule filled with more than 150 horse clinics, sessions, and demonstrations, all presented by passionate and dedicated equine professionals, there’s something to learn for everyone!

Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges the sponsors who make the 2022 event possible: Absorbine, Farnam, US Equestrian, Horizon Structures, Nutrena, GGT Footing, and EspanaSILK.

To learn more about Equine Affaire, bookmark 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 can’t wait to see you at Equine Affaire!

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08 24


WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA, August 25, 2022 – Do you have a horse-related business, farm, horses for sale or adoption, or stud services to promote? Then come to Equine Affaire! This fall, tens of thousands of equestrians and horse lovers will converge on the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, on November 10-13, 2022. As North America’s premier equine expo and equestrian gathering, there’s no better place to advertise your services to your target audience. And best of all, you can do it live, in person, and “in horse”!

Become an exhibitor and participate in Equine Affaire’s Horse & Farm Exhibits this fall! Our Horse & Farm Exhibits are presented in a prime area of stalls within the C-Barn, adjacent to the coliseum. In addition to complementing the Breed Pavilion, these exhibits provide horse owners just like you with the opportunity to market your horses for sale or promote your stallions, farms, lesson programs, training services, or other businesses. Showcase your business and your horses and put your brand in front of your target audience with our easy, affordable exhibit options!

Ready to learn more? Stalls in the Horse & Farm Exhibits are 10’ x 10’. Regular in-line stalls are $160 each; end stalls on the outer aisles of the barn are $185; and end stalls on the main center aisle of the barn are $210 each. Each exhibitor is required to purchase (or share) a tack stall in addition to a horse stall, and tack stalls are $120 each. Rental of an exhibit stall in the Horse & Farm Exhibits area includes one four-day adult ticket to Equine Affaire per stall (a $55 value); a one-line listing of stall number, farm name, breed of horse, and phone number or web site address in the event program; and a listing of the farm or horse owner name, breed of horse, and phone number or web site address on equineaffaire.com prior to and during the event. Although Equine Affaire is a four-day event, exhibitors must commit to exhibiting for at least three days and specify in advance whether they plan to exhibit Thursday through Saturday, or Friday through Sunday. Shavings, straw, and hay will be available for purchase on site. Possible participation options with the Breed Pavilion are also available – just ask when you apply!

Do you have a horse for sale? Purchase a “For Sale” stall! With thousands of horse lovers in attendance, there’s no better place to market your horses for sale in the hopes of finding the perfect buyer. “For Sale” stalls are in-line stalls located among other Horse & Farm Exhibit stalls. Rental of a “For Sale” stall is only $160/stall and includes:

  • One four-day adult ticket to Equine Affaire per stall (a $55 value)
  • A descriptive “For Sale” sign to post on the stall
  • A free listing pre-event on equineaffaire.com that will provide the horse’s breed, age, gender, name, discipline, price, and stall location
  • A one-line listing of stall number, horse owner’s name, breed of horse, and phone number or web site address in the event program distributed for free to adult attendees, and
  • The opportunity to give interested adult customers the chance to test-ride their horses in a schooling arena at the event (with the proper releases)

If you rent a “For Sale” stall, you must commit to exhibiting for at least two days, and specify your date of arrival in advance. If your horse is sold before the second day, you may substitute another horse for sale. Horse owners who rent “For Sale” stalls may also rent a tack stall next to their “For Sale” stall(s) for an additional $120 to store bedding, tack, feed, and other equipment at the show.

NEW! This year at Equine Affaire, horse owners can opt to showcase their sale horses in special Sale Horse Spotlights scheduled on Thursday and Saturday of the event. Sale Horse Spotlight slots must be scheduled in advance. During a Sale Horse Spotlight, horse owners can ride, drive, or lead their sale horses in the coliseum while the horse’s name, owner name, and other pertinent information is announced to the crowd. It’s a great way to catch a potential buyer’s eye and show off all your horse can do!

Are you a rescue or sanctuary looking to find adopters for horses? Join the Adoption Affaire! In cooperation with the ASPCA Right Horse initiative, the Adoption Affaire features adoptable horses of a variety of ages, sizes, temperaments, and disciplines. These stalls are marked with green “Adoption Affaire” signs. Equine Affaire loves partnering with local rescues and sanctuaries to help match horses in need with new owners who can provide them with forever homes. If you are interested in participating in the Adoption Affaire, contact Jessica Anderson at janderson@equineaffaire.com for more information.

Ready to apply for your Horse & Farm Exhibit space, rent a “For Sale” stall, participate in the Breed Pavilion, or book your horse’s slot in the Sale Horse Spotlight schedule? Contact Jessica Anderson at janderson@equineaffaire.com or by calling (840) 745-0085, ext. 112, for more information! All applications are due by September 9, 2022. For more information, including applications and liability forms, you can also visit https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-exhibit/mass-breed-exhibits/mass-horse-farm-exhibits/.

Want to learn more about Equine Affaire or plan your visit? Bookmark 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 can’t wait to see you at Equine Affaire!

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08 18


WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA, August 16, 2022 – Introduce a little magic into your life this fall with tickets to Fantasia! Sponsored by Absorbine®, Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse is returning to the Eastern States Exposition coliseum on the nights of November 10th, 11th, and 12th. With just three performances, don’t miss your chance to experience the fiery spirit of the horse on awesome display like never before! Tickets for Fantasia and general admission tickets for Equine Affaire are both on sale now at equineaffaire.com.

Hailed as a family tradition by many of our long-time attendees, this special evening show boasts a variety of performances by elite equestrian and equine performers, all set to musical styles ranging from classic to contemporary. If you’ve attended Fantasia before, you know that each show is unique – and if you’ve never been before, you’re in for a treat! Ready for a sneak peek into this year’s lineup?

First, the Canadian Cowgirls Precision Drill Team will perform an intricate lighted drill team performance as well as a special bedtime story act, featuring therapeutic riding for children. Next, renowned circus performer Lea Innocenti’s exquisite six-pony Roman riding act and Caleb Carinci-Asch’s daring bareback and vaulting routines will thrill audience members of all ages! Driving fans, get ready for Sterling Graburn’s combined driving team and several other hitches to cross and crisscross the coliseum arena at blazing speeds. Fans of the International Liberty Horse Association’s Invitational Freestyle may recognize liberty performer Elliott Holtzman. Holtzman won the ILHA Freestyle Competition at the 2021 Equine Affaire in Massachusetts with his whimsical Aladdin routine, and as part of his prize, he was selected to perform in this year’s Fantasia! Reining enthusiasts will love watching para-reiner Fred Win’s brand-new reining and liberty freestyle mashup. Bringing a taste of the Wild West to the show, four-time champion trick roper, whip cracker, and gunslinger Rider Kiesner will wow audiences alongside trick rider Bethany Iles. And finally, the Knights of Iceland and Taktur Icelandics – always a crowd favorite! – will set the arena on fire with a tolt and flying pace race, a drill performance, and a beer competition. And that’s not all. Even more acts are also scheduled to appear, including a dressage freestyle.

As always, tickets to this exciting show sell out fast, so don’t wait! Purchase your tickets to Fantasia today at equineaffaire.com. Prices range from $14 to $25. If you are bringing a large group of friends with you, make sure to select your seats early so that you can all sit together. The best way to purchase tickets is to visit https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-attend/mass-tickets/ and use our handy online ticket portal to view and select your own seats from a diagram of the arena. You can also call our office, any time between 9 am & 5 pm EST (M-F), at (740) 845-0085 to purchase tickets. Please note that all tickets are digital and will be emailed after purchase. While you’re purchasing your Fantasia tickets, remember to buy your general admission tickets for Equine Affaire, happening November 10-13, 2022, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

At the event, doors to the coliseum will open at 6:45 pm each evening, and the show begins promptly at 7:30 pm. There will be one brief intermission. Make sure to stay after the show for your chance to meet the performers and ask for autographs!

Want to learn even more about some of the performers in this year’s Fantasia? Our August episode of the official Equine Affaire podcast, in partnership with Horses In The Morning, features interviews with Caleb Carinci-Asch, the Daring Equestrian; Laura Benson of the Knights of Iceland; and Terry Jenkins, captain of the Canadian Cowgirls. The episode will go live on August 18, 2022. Listen to the episode via Stitcher, GooglePlay, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the Horse Radio Network app, or by visiting https://www.horsesinthemorning.com/category/equine-affaire/!

For more about our incredible 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 can’t wait to see you at Equine Affaire!

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08 09


LONDON, OH, August 9, 2022 – With less than a hundred days to go, are you ready for the return of Equine Affaire? You’re invited to attend North America’s premier equine exposition and equestrian gathering on November 10-13, 2022, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Whether you’re a diehard horse fanatic or brand new to the horse world, you can’t afford to miss this horse expo!

Equine Affaire is filled with endless opportunities to learn, exciting competitions, immersive activities, tons of shopping, and hundreds of horses, not to mention tens of thousands of horse lovers just like you eager to share, network, and have fun together. General admission tickets are on sale now via equineaffaire.com. Tickets for adults are just $18/day or $55/four-day pass; tickets for children, ages 7-10, are just $10/day; and children, ages six and under, get in for free! General admission includes entry to the largest horse-related trade show in the East; all theme pavilions; the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition; and all clinics, seminars, and demonstrations! Read on to learn more about how to elevate your equestrian experience in Massachusetts this fall.


Come prepared to learn! The schedule is filled with more than 150 horse clinics, seminars, and demonstrations, all presented by passionate and dedicated equine professionals. This year’s presenters on general horsemanship include Jonathan Field, Pat Parelli, Steve Lantvit, Lorie Duff, and Scott Purdum. Discipline-specific clinicians include Gina Miles (eventing), Nona Garson (hunter/jumper), Bill Warren (dressage), Sterling Graburn (driving), Jane Karol (dressage), Chad Crider (barrel racing), Leslie Lopardo (Western dressage), Karen Black (reined cow horse), Michael Gascon (easy gaited horses), Sally Batton (The Athletic Equestrian and Equicize), Ty Evans (mules), Carrie Brandt & Laura Benson (Icelandics), Caleb Carinci Asch (lunging), Joyleen Seymour (Mounted Games), the Copper Hill Vaulters (vaulting), the Canadian Cowgirls (drill teams), and many, many more. Sessions are designed to educate and elevate, so no matter what your level of experience or skill, there’s something to learn for everyone!

Interested in participating in a clinic? Consider applying for the Ride with a Pro clinic program! More than 50 clinics will offer unique opportunities for selected riders and horses to receive individual instruction and training from nationally recognized industry professionals. Clinic fees range from $75 to $350 and include clinic participation, event admission, and 24 hours of stabling. All applications are due by September 9, 2022. Find out more details about ways to improve your horseback riding experience at https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-participate/mass-ride-in-clinics/mass-ride-with-a-pro/.

Love to shop? Bring your spending money and kickstart your Christmas shopping season with our four-day shopping extravaganza! Equine Affaire boasts some of the largest and most varied trade show floors in the industry, with more than 450 vendors spread out across 5 buildings. Browse offerings from the horse world’s most beloved national and regional brands, retailers, manufacturers, and organizations, as well as myriad small businesses. Many of our horse clinicians will also have booths where you can ask for autographs, buy products, or even ask one-on-one questions! Whether you’re shopping for products or services, you’re guaranteed to find what you need, what you want, and what you can’t live without. See our full list of vendors here: https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-trade-show/mass-exhibitors/ and check back often in the weeks to come for updates. And if you enjoy hunting for bargains (or want to consign your own gently used horsey items!), check out the Marketplace, Equine Affaire’s own consignment shop. Learn more about how to consign here: https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-participate/mass-sell/mass-marketplace/.

Cheer on and join the excitement as dedicated horsemen and horsewomen give their all to compete in two fantastic horse competitions! First, the annual Versatile Horse & Rider Competition will return on Friday, November 11. Competitors will have the chance to vie for $5,500 in cash and other prizes, as well as the honor of being named the 2022 Massachusetts Versatile Horse and Rider Champions! Up to 25 horse and rider pairs will race the clock as they test their skills and athleticism navigating a complex obstacle course. This year’s competition will be judged by Scott Purdum and the master of ceremonies will be Steve Lanvit. Think you’ve got what it takes to win? Apply by September 9th! Details are available at https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-participate/mass-compete/mass-versatile-horse-rider-competition/. Next, and back by popular demand, the International Liberty Horse Association will host an invitational freestyle liberty competition, sponsored by EspanaSilk, on Saturday, November 12th and Sunday, November 13th! Select liberty trainers and horses of a variety of breeds and backgrounds will display their talents in a two-part invitational, designed to showcase just what’s possible when a horse and human elevate their communication skills to a whole new level. You don’t want to miss either of these fantastic displays of horsemanship!

Want to learn about all different kinds of horses, meet equine professionals, or shop for your next horse? Visit the Breed Pavilion, the Horse and Farm Exhibits, the For Sale Stalls, and the Adoption Affaire! These special and interactive sections of Equine Affaire are dedicated to the hands-on experience. There’s no better way to learn about a new breed of horse than by interacting live and in person. Breed representatives and horses of dozens of different breeds will be on site with educational materials and tons of great information in the Breed Pavilion. In the Horse and Farm Exhibits, meet and network with the proprietors of tons of horse businesses, from boarding barns and stud farms to lesson facilities and more. Finally, you can also shop for your next best friend by browsing for horses for sale from Massachusetts and surrounding areas, or by visiting the Adoption Affaire, where adoptable horses of a range of ages, types, sizes, and backgrounds will be presented in hopes of finding their next forever home. Interested in participating or learning more? Visit https://equineaffaire.com/mass-breed-pavilion/!

Got kids? Little horse lovers will adore the Equine Fundamentals Forum, where there are plenty of horse-related activities for little cowgirls and cowboys as well as older kids. Tots will enjoy riding Purple Rein, our purple mechanical horse; coloring and crafting their own mounts to ride in the stick rodeo; and learning fun horsey skills like braiding, wrapping, and more. Older youth will also enjoy great networking opportunities and learning new skills through the Career and College Fair Scavenger Hunt, which will take place Saturday, November 12. For youth interested in improving their horse-showing skills, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association will host an intensive dressage judge’s clinic on Thursday, November 10, in the GGT Young Arena. The Ebony Horsewomen, Inc. Equestrian and Therapeutic Center will be hosting Horses That Heal, a special event designed to show youth and families the benefits of equine-assisted activities. Learn more about all of these and other events at our website!

Looking for even more ways to participate at Equine Affaire? Try A Horse for Heroes! The Equine Immersion Project will be on site to provide opportunities for veterans, first responders, and active duty members to enjoy the benefits of a variety of unmounted activities. Equine Affaire is also looking for volunteers to help us put on this year’s event, so if you’d like to volunteer, contact Lori Helsel at lhelsel@equineaffaire.com today. Volunteers can work shifts in exchange for free admission and a classy souvenir. Bring your whole barn family and make a day of it.

Finally, no day at Equine Affaire is complete without attending the Fantasia! Sponsored by Absorbine®, Fantasia is a musical celebration of the horse unlike any other. This evening show boasts a variety of performances by elite equestrian and equine performers set to musical styles ranging from classic to contemporary. Hailed as a family tradition by many of our long-time attendees, each show is a unique experience that showcases the beauty, athleticism, nobility, and grace of the horse. This year’s show will feature trick roper Rider Kiesner and trick rider Bethany Illes; the renowned Canadian Cowgirls Drill Team; daring equestrian Caleb Carinci Asch; reiner Fred Win; driving fanatic Sterling Graburn and his posse of combined drivers; the Knights of Iceland; Elliott Holtsman with a stunning liberty performance; a fanciful dressage freestyle, and more! With just three performances on November 10th, 11th, and 12th, tickets are already going fast. Prices range from $14 to $25. Purchase your Fantasia tickets (separate from general admission tickets) online at equineaffaire.com today.


Equine Affaire has partnered with several local hotels to offer special discounted rates and room blocks. When you call to book your room, make sure to mention Equine Affaire! Make your reservations early, as many room blocks and discounted rates will expire in October. Visit https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-attend/host-hotels/ for details and check out /mass-campinglodging/ for information about camping on the grounds at the Eastern States Exposition. You can also learn about special discounts on car rentals at /mass-airport-rental-cars/!

The address for the Eastern States Exposition is 1305 Memorial Ave, W. Springfield, MA 01089. Please note that the Eastern State Exposition charges for parking!


To learn more about our incredible 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 can’t wait to see you at Equine Affaire!

Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges our generous sponsors: Absorbine, Farnam, US Equestrian, GGT Footing, Horizon Structures, Nutrena, and EspanaSilk! Make sure to visit the booths of these and our many other sponsors at our trade show in Massachusetts to share your appreciation for their help in sustaining this event!

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