Equine Affaire Press Room

03 12

Meet the VHRC Competitors: Part 1

Melinda Adams

Horse: Bella Beretta, 7-year-old Quarter Horse mare

Melinda and Bella Beretta have been a team for 3 years, and in that time they have participated in Breyerfest, competed at the Quarter Horse Congress in Freestyle Reining, and competed at the ARHA World Show in Ranch Reining. They have also competed at Equine Affaire’s Versatile Horse and Rider Competition three times, placing as high as 4th.

Melinda Adams and Bella Beretta


Shannon Barth

Horse: Whata Golden Girl (aka “Piper”), 4-year-old APHA/PHBA mare

Shannon started out riding trail horses and showing in 4H. Since November 2017, she and Piper have successfully showed in Hunter Under Saddle and Ranch events, and were named the 2018 Mid Ohio Horse Show Association Ranch Division Championship.

Shannon Barth and Whata Golden Girl

 

Valerie Boatman

Horse: MSU Supersticious (aka “Spartan”), 12-year-old Arabian gelding

Valerie purchased Spartan as a 2-year-old from Michigan State University, where he was bred. She describes him as sensible, willing, and smart. Together, they have ridden trails, been in parades, and since 2015 have also been competing in dressage. They have shown in over 100 recognized shows and more than 100 schooling shows!

Valerie Boatman and MSU Supersticious

 

Tammy Burgard

Horses: Alot Nu Jazz, 6-year-old AQHA gelding & WR Classic Whiskey, 7-year-old AQHA mare

Tammy will be competing on two horses, and both have impressive resumes. Alot Nu Jazz is a Reserve World Champion in Ranch Horse Versatility, and WR Classic Whiskey holds multiple state and regional championships in Extreme Cowboy Racing, along with being a World Championship Finals qualifier the past three years.

Tammy Burgard and Alot Nu Jazz

 

Sydney Casto

Horse: Angel, 12-year-old American paint mare

Sydney is one of this year’s youngest competitors at just 19 years old. She received her horse Angel as a Christmas gift 6 years ago, and since they have competed in contesting, jumping, pleasure, and trail. This pair took grand champion at the county fair’s trail class three years in a row. In addition to showing, Sydney and Angel trail ride almost every week, up to 25 miles at a time!

Don’t miss the action! The Versatile Horse and Rider Competition will take place at 1pm on Friday, April 12th at Equine Affaire. The competition will be held in the coliseum at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, please visit https://equineaffaire.com/events/ohio/ohio-participate/ohio-compete/ohio-versatile-horse-rider-competition/

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03 06

Explore the World of Horses at Equine Affaire

LONDON, OH, March 6, 2019 – Interested in improving your horsemanship skills, but not sure where to start? Equine Affaire in Ohio is the answer! As North America’s premier equine exposition and equestrian gathering, Equine Affaire offers visitors countless opportunities to learn about all aspects of horsemanship. Whether you’re just starting out in your riding career or you’ve been in the saddle since birth, there’s a clinic on the schedule for you. Equine Affaire returns to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, on April 11-14. Make plans today to attend and learn from such renowned horsemen and horsewomen as Guy McLean, Julie Goodnight, Steve Lantvit, Neil Davies, Jason Irwin, and many more.

With more than 200 educational sessions on the schedule, Equine Affaire’s robust clinic program caters to equestrians of all skill levels and disciplines. Since its inception, part of Equine Affaire’s mission has been to educate equestrians and to promote communication and collaboration within the industry. Since continuing education is the lifeblood of the equine industry, clinics are an ideal way for horsemen and horsewomen to educate and inspire one another.

“At its heart, Equine Affaire is about celebrating the horse,” said Coagi Long, president of Equine Affaire. “Part of celebrating the horse is learning about ways to improve our horsemanship and handling skills. That’s why Equine Affaire focuses on bringing the best and brightest in the industry, from Olympians and World Champions to professional equestrian performers, authors, and judges. If you want to learn, there’s no better place to be.”

As one of the featured clinicians of Equine Affaire, Australian-born horsemanship trainer Guy McLean will conduct sessions on colt starting, control under saddle and on the ground, horsemanship, and liberty work. After a lifetime spent in the saddle, Guy McLean believes that the best tools to use in horsemanship are knowledge, compassion, patience, and imagination. Since 1999, Guy and his beloved team of horses have been performing for equestrian audiences around the world. In addition to teaching clinics, Guy will perform his signature liberty act in Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse.

Julie Goodnight is known around the world for her focus on classical horsemanship and improving the relationship between horse and rider. A gifted teacher, Goodnight shares her expertise in multiple disciplines through clinics, articles, podcasts, and on-demand videos. At Equine Affaire, Goodnight will teach sessions on refining the canter, finding your balance and rhythm, developing soft hands, and teaching the horse to give to the bit. Named an Exceptional Equestrian Educator by Equine Affaire, Goodnight is also the spokesperson for the Certified Horsemanship Association and a certified Master Clinic Instructor.

Award-winning horseman Steve Lantvit promotes training built on trust, gentle hands, and true partnership. At Equine Affaire, Lantvit will present on transitions, true collection, warm-ups and exercises, and how to recognize your horse’s footfall patterns. Lantvit regularly conducts clinics and presentations at equestrian events across the United States. He also hosts his own television program on RFD-TV, “Sure in the Saddle.”

Canadian-born horseman Jason Irwin trains foundation Quarter Horses at Northstar Livestock in Ontario. In addition to owning and operating a beef farm with his family, Irwin shares his knowledge of training horses through clinics and presentations. His sessions at Equine Affaire will include side-passing, emergency stops, problem-solving in horse training for youth, and more.

Neil Davies of Fear-Free Horse Training believes in using trust, confidence, and understanding to train horses. A horse trainer and author, Davies will teach sessions on the fundamentals of fear-free horsemanship, including teaching your horse about correct forward motion, building your horse’s work ethic, and developing everyday disciplines of communication and consistency.

A host of other discipline-specific clinicians to be featured at Equine Affaire include Candice King and Ali Wolff (hunter/jumper), Mette Rosencrantz and Susan Mandas (dressage), Sandy Collier (reined cow horse), Jesse Westfall (reining), Jane Melby (barrel racing), Muffy Seaton (driving), Sylvia Zerbini and Luke Gingerich (liberty), Dana Hokana (western horsemanship, hunter under saddle), Michael Gascon (easy gaited horses), Gayle Lampe (saddleseat), Tom Seay (trail riding and camping), Kelsey Lauberth (trick riding), Sam Rettinger (draft horses), Asbury University (mounted police horse training), and more. For a full list of clinicians and a complete schedule, visit equineaffaire.com.

General admission tickets for Equine Affaire are on sale now! Tickets can be purchased online at equineaffaire.com or by calling the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085, Mon-Fri from 9 am-5 pm EST. Single-day adult tickets are $15. Single-day youth tickets (age 7-10) are $8, while children ages 6 and under attend free. Four-day adult passes are available for $50. For the price of general admission, visitors can shop at North America’s largest horse-related trade show, interact with hundreds of horses on display in breed exhibits, marvel at competitions, and attend all clinics, seminars, and demonstrations. Please note that separate tickets are required for admission to Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse. Fantasia tickets can also be ordered online or through the Equine Affaire office.

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02 18

Learn and Grow with Equine Affaire’s Top Clinicians

LONDON, OH, February 18, 2019 – Interested in improving your horsemanship skills, but not sure where to start? Equine Affaire in Ohio is the answer! As North America’s premier equine exposition and equestrian gathering, Equine Affaire offers visitors countless opportunities to learn about all aspects of horsemanship. Whether you’re just starting out in your riding career or you’ve been in the saddle since birth, there’s a clinic on the schedule for you. Equine Affaire returns to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, on April 11-14. Make plans today to attend and learn from such renowned horsemen and horsewomen as Guy McLean, Julie Goodnight, Steve Lantvit, Neil Davies, Jason Irwin, and many more.

With more than 200 educational sessions on the schedule, Equine Affaire’s robust clinic program caters to equestrians of all skill levels and disciplines. Since its inception, part of Equine Affaire’s mission has been to educate equestrians and to promote communication and collaboration within the industry. Since continuing education is the lifeblood of the equine industry, clinics are an ideal way for horsemen and horsewomen to educate and inspire one another.

“At its heart, Equine Affaire is about celebrating the horse,” said Coagi Long, president of Equine Affaire. “Part of celebrating the horse is learning about ways to improve our horsemanship and handling skills. That’s why Equine Affaire focuses on bringing the best and brightest in the industry, from Olympians and World Champions to professional equestrian performers, authors, and judges. If you want to learn, there’s no better place to be.”

As one of the featured clinicians of Equine Affaire, Australian-born horsemanship trainer Guy McLean will conduct sessions on colt starting, control under saddle and on the ground, horsemanship, and liberty work. After a lifetime spent in the saddle, Guy McLean believes that the best tools to use in horsemanship are knowledge, compassion, patience, and imagination. Since 1999, Guy and his beloved team of horses have been performing for equestrian audiences around the world. In addition to teaching clinics, Guy will perform his signature liberty act in Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse.

Julie Goodnight is known around the world for her focus on classical horsemanship and improving the relationship between horse and rider. A gifted teacher, Goodnight shares her expertise in multiple disciplines through clinics, articles, podcasts, and on-demand videos. At Equine Affaire, Goodnight will teach sessions on refining the canter, finding your balance and rhythm, developing soft hands, and teaching the horse to give to the bit. Named an Exceptional Equestrian Educator by Equine Affaire, Goodnight is also the spokesperson for the Certified Horsemanship Association and a certified Master Clinic Instructor.

Award-winning horseman Steve Lantvit promotes training built on trust, gentle hands, and true partnership. At Equine Affaire, Lantvit will present on transitions, true collection, warm-ups and exercises, and how to recognize your horse’s footfall patterns. Lantvit regularly conducts clinics and presentations at equestrian events across the United States. He also hosts his own television program on RFD-TV, “Sure in the Saddle.”

Canadian-born horseman Jason Irwin trains foundation Quarter Horses at Northstar Livestock in Ontario. In addition to owning and operating a beef farm with his family, Irwin shares his knowledge of training horses through clinics and presentations. His sessions at Equine Affaire will include side-passing, emergency stops, problem-solving in horse training for youth, and more.

Neil Davies of Fear-Free Horse Training believes in using trust, confidence, and understanding to train horses. A horse trainer and author, Davies will teach sessions on the fundamentals of fear-free horsemanship, including teaching your horse about correct forward motion, building your horse’s work ethic, and developing everyday disciplines of communication and consistency.

A host of other discipline-specific clinicians to be featured at Equine Affaire include Candice King and Ali Wolff (hunter/jumper), Mette Rosencrantz and Susan Mandas (dressage), Sandy Collier (reined cow horse), Jesse Westfall (reining), Jane Melby (barrel racing), Muffy Seaton (driving), Sylvia Zerbini and Luke Gingerich (liberty), Dana Hokana (western horsemanship, hunter under saddle), Michael Gascon (easy gaited horses), Gayle Lampe (saddleseat), Tom Seay (trail riding and camping), Kelsey Lauberth (trick riding), Sam Rettinger (draft horses), Asbury University (mounted police horse training), and more. For a full list of clinicians and a complete schedule, visit equineaffaire.com.

General admission tickets for Equine Affaire are on sale now! Tickets can be purchased online at equineaffaire.com or by calling the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085, Mon-Fri from 9 am-5 pm EST. Single-day adult tickets are $15. Single-day youth tickets (age 7-10) are $8, while children ages 6 and under attend free. Four-day adult passes are available for $50. For the price of general admission, visitors can shop at North America’s largest horse-related trade show, interact with hundreds of horses on display in breed exhibits, marvel at competitions, and attend all clinics, seminars, and demonstrations. Please note that separate tickets are required for admission to Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse. Fantasia tickets can also be ordered online or through the Equine Affaire office.

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02 01

Bring Your “Horse & Farm” to Equine Affaire

LONDON, OH, February 1, 2019 – With tens of thousands of horse-people poised to attend Equine Affaire in Ohio this spring, there’s no better place to present your horses for sale or promote your farm or equestrian business. On April 11-14, the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, will host Equine Affaire, a four-day equine extravaganza filled with educational clinics, North America’s largest horse-related trade show, competitions, entertainment and much more. Reserve your “For Sale” stall or “Horse and Farm Exhibit” stall today to secure the perfect opportunity to market yourself, your farm and your sale horses at North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering

For Sale stalls are available for $150 per stall for the entire four-day event. That price includes a 10 x 10 in-line stall in the Gilligan Complex at the Ohio Expo Center, a “for sale” sign to post on the stall, a free listing on equineaffaire.com before the event, and a listing in the event program. Exhibitors must commit to attending and presenting for at least two days of the event. If your horse is sold during your first day, another horse may be substituted for no additional cost with verified health paperwork. Potential buyers (aged 18 and over) may test ride at the event with the proper release forms.

To promote your farm, stallion or equine services, consider renting a Horse & Farm exhibit stall. Prices include $150 for an in-line stall, $175 for an end-stall in the center aisle of the barn and $200 for an end stall on an outer aisle of the barn. Regardless of position, all stalls are 10 x 10 stalls in the Gilligan Complex. All stalls come with a one-line listing of the stall number, farm name, horse breed and phone number (or website) on equineaffaire.com before the event and in the official event program during the event. To secure your listing in the program, applications and payments must be submitted by 2/28. To participate in the Horse & Farm exhibits, exhibitors must commit to presenting for at least three days.

Both “For Sale” stalls and “Horse & Farm Exhibit” stalls include one 4-day adult ticket ($50 value) to Equine Affaire. Tack stalls are also available for $100 each. Join Equine Affaire by reserving your stall today. For more information on the Horse & Farm exhibits or to book your stall, contact Karin Brennan at (740) 845-0085 ext. 112 or kbrennan@equineaffaire.com.

Equine Affaire elevates the equestrian experience for horse-lovers of all ages. With more than two hundred educational sessions, world-class shopping, championship competitions and plenty of interactive exhibits, Equine Affaire offers something for everyone in the family. Visit equineaffaire.com for schedules, tickets and additional details.

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01 18

Experience the Magic and Beauty of Fantasia

LONDON, OH, January 18, 2019 – Until you’ve felt the earth-shaking majesty of a galloping six-horse draft hitch or marveled at the silent trust displayed between a horse at liberty and its handler, you’ve never experienced the magic of Fantasia. On April 11-13, Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse will bring every horse-lover’s dream to life under the spotlights of the Ohio Expo Center’s coliseum in Columbus, Ohio. Sponsored by Absorbine, the Fantasia is an unforgettable show that sets the beauty, majesty and power of horse and rider to music, serving as the ultimate testament to the heart and soul of the horse.

“Fantasia reminds people of the magic that horses provide,” said Amy Cairy, director of marketing with W.F. Young, parent company of sponsor Absorbine. “It’s fun to watch kids’ mouths drop open when they see those beautiful horses performing under the spotlights. Those are the experiences that bring families and friends together.”

Featuring talents as diverse as Guy McLean’s signature liberty act and the Haflinger marathon driven drill team, Fantasia unites equestrians of all ages in a universal celebration of the beauty and ability of the horse. Returning for just three nights during Equine Affaire in Ohio, tickets for Fantasia are on sale now through March 24. Visit equineaffaire.com or call the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085 today to purchase your tickets. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 11; Friday, April 12; and Saturday, April 13.

“We present Fantasia at each Equine Affaire, but no show is ever the same,” said Coagi Long, president of Equine Affaire. “Fantasia is a beloved tradition for our audiences, and we love surprising them each year with a new compilation of acts and performers.”

This year’s show will feature high-energy drill teams, a variety of jaw-dropping liberty and costume acts, trick riders and more. Audiences will love watching Guy McLean’s bridleless and saddleless rides and liberty act, while reining fans will adore Luke Gingerich’s fabulous bridleless reining demonstration on his American Quarter Horse, “CJ Rio Zan Bar Gun.” Shawn Drentwett, daughter of beloved Fantasia veteran Christine Drentwett, will present a magical costumed act with her Friesian horse, “Ricco.” Ninth-generation circus performer Sylvia Zerbini and her daughter, Ambra Zerbini, will both present liberty acts, including a special aerial twist by Ambra. Wild West fans will thrill to the whip-cracking and rope-flying antics of Loop Rawlins, the one-man Wild West performer featured on America’s Got Talent. And Kellie Rettinger of Whispery Pines Percherons will lay claim to the arena as Wonder Woman on the back of one of her beautiful Percherons.

For additional details about Fantasia and to purchase tickets, visit equineaffaire.com or call the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085, Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm EST. Doors open at 6:45pm and the show begins at 7:30pm each evening. Ticket prices range from $14 to $25. Advance ticket sales will end March 24. Tickets purchased before March 24 will be mailed, while tickets purchased after that date will be available at Will Call at the event.

Equine Affaire will take place April 11-14 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. Visit equineaffaire.com for schedules, updates, and additional information about Equine Affaire in Ohio. Equestrians, horse-lovers and families are invited to attend Equine Affaire. No matter what your role is in the equine world, there’s something for everyone at Equine Affaire, including educational seminars, horse-themed shopping and interactive educational exhibits. Tickets for Equine Affaire are on sale now at equineaffaire.com.

Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Absorbine, official sponsor of Fantasia.

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