London, OH, February 9, 2018— Elevate your equestrian experience this spring at Equine Affaire—North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering. The 2018 Equine Affaire will take place at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus on April 12-15 and offer horse enthusiasts not only the opportunity to attend literally hundreds of clinics, seminars, and demonstrations, but also to participate in dozens of clinics on a wide range of equestrian disciplines. Through Equine Affaire’s unique “Ride With A Pro” clinic program you can ride, drive, and have your horse trained in clinics conducted by many of the nation’s foremost coaches, competitors, judges, and horse trainers—for clinic fees designed to fit your budget.
The Clinics and Clinicians. Most of the clinicians who will be featured at the 2018 Equine Affaire will be participating in the Ride With a Pro program and accepting horses and riders for their clinic sessions. Whether your equestrian tastes lean toward the English disciplines or are solidly in the western realm—or you simply want to improve your riding skills or your horse’s performance, you can enhance your riding and training skills through individual instructions in this unique program of clinics.
Among those who will be presenting sessions on general horse training and horsemanship topics are Ken McNabb, Warwick Schiller, James Cooler, Dan James, and Van Hargis. Clinicians offering sessions in the English disciplines will include Jan Ebeling and Stephen Hayes (dressage), Lynn Symansky (eventing), Jeff Cook (hunter/jumper), Bob Giles (driving), Keith Miller (hunter under saddle) and Liz Bentley (English and hunter pleasure). Those conducting clinics on western disciplines will include Stacy Westfall (reining), and Nancy Cahill (western horsemanship and trail). Larry Whitesell will present sessions on training and riding easy gaited horses, Sandy Croote will teach techniques for training Miniature horses, and Ty Evans will conduct sessions on training and riding mules.
Clinic fees and how to apply. The modest fees for Equine Affaire’s “Ride With A Pro” clinic program range from $70 to $150 and cover clinic participation, stabling, and admission to Equine Affaire. Clinicians will select the participants for their sessions from written applications and videos submitted by applicants to Equine Affaire. While some are seeking riders and horses with specific skills or problems to demonstrate and resolve during their clinics, others are seeking any riders interested in improving their general horsemanship and relationships with their horses. The 2018 Equine Affaire will offer a wide range of learning opportunities—and you and your horse may be the ideal participants for one or more sessions.
Full clinic details and a “Ride With A Pro” application are available at equineaffaire.com. Click on the Ohio event and follow the “Participate” link to information on the “Ride With A Pro” program. Interested riders and horse owners may also request an information packet and clinic application by contacting Beth Volpe at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (740) 845-0085 ext. 103. Consult equineaffaire.com for continuously-updated information on the program. Contact Equine Affaire soon; the application deadline is February 20th.
In addition to Equine Affaire’s legendary program of clinics, seminars, and demonstrations, the 2018 show will feature the largest horse-related trade show in the nation with hundreds of retailers covering acres of exhibit space; the Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse–sponsored by Absorbine®–on Thursday-Saturday nights; an engaging and hands-on Breed Pavilion and Horse & Farm Exhibits area; a new Your Farm Forum with exhibits and presentations focused on the horse’s home and environment; the Equine Fundamentals Forum; and the popular Versatile Horse & Rider Competition on Friday afternoon. For everything you need to know to go including an event schedule, ticket information, and discounts available at Equine Affaire nearby host hotels, visit equineaffaire.com.