Equine Affaire Press Room

07 23

Elevate Your Equestrian Experience with Equine Affaire

LONDON, OH, July 23, 2019 – The countdown to Equine Affaire in Massachusetts is on! On November 7-10, 2019, North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering returns to the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Join featured clinicians Chris Cox, Dan James, Julie Goodnight, Steve Lantvit and Jason Irwin, plus dozens more, for four exciting days of everything equine, from educational clinics to equine adoption fairs, endless shopping opportunities, thrilling competitions and so much more.

Ready to plan your trip to Equine Affaire in Massachusetts? Here’s how to get started!

BUY YOUR TICKETS

Purchase general admission and Fantasia tickets online at equineaffaire.com and enjoy the added convenience of new digital delivery options. Print tickets at home or present them on your mobile device to be scanned upon arrival for hassle-free admission. General admission tickets include entry to all clinics, seminars and demonstrations, theme pavilions, the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, and the east coast’s largest equine-related trade show. Adult tickets are $16/day or $50/four-day pass, tickets for children (7-10) are $8/day, and children six and under are admitted at no charge. Hours for the event are 9am-7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 9am-5pm on Sunday. Remember to carry cash for parking fees at the Eastern States Exposition. Volunteers receive free admission to Equine Affaire, so if you’re interested in volunteering for this year’s event, register online at equineaffaire.com by September 29.

MENTION “EQUINE AFFAIRE” FOR DISCOUNTED RATES AT HOST HOTELS

Book your room early at any one of Equine Affaire’s host hotels today, including Comfort Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn, the Tower Square Hotel, Candlewood Suites and more. View the full list of host hotels online at equineaffaire.com. Make sure to mention Equine Affaire for a special discounted rate. Room blocks will expire between September 23-October 10, so book your stay early.

MEET YOUR FAVORITE CLINICIANS

Each year, visitors to Equine Affaire get the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the best and brightest equine professionals in the industry including world champions, Olympians, popular equestrian personalities and performers, authors, judges, and veterinarians. This year, Equine Affaire proudly features general horsemanship clinicians Chris Cox, Dan James, Julie Goodnight, Steve Lantvit and Jason Irwin. Discipline-specific clinicians include Charlotte Bredahl-Baker (dressage), Sinead Halpin (eventing), Candice King (hunter/jumper), Dan James (reining), Liz Austin (dressage), Jane Melby (barrel racing), Dana Bright (driving), Kristen Whittaker (western dressage), Rick Christy (hunter under saddle, showmanship), Gary Lane (easy gaited horses), Steve Lantvit (ranch horse), Kelly Hulse (saddleseat), Heidi Potter (trail obstacles, centered riding), Simon Cocozza (core strengthening & yoga for horses), and Jim Masterson (Masterson Method in Motion). More clinicians will be announced in the months leading up to Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, so check equineaffaire.com to see if your favorite clinician will be there.

COME PREPARED TO SHOP

Home to the East Coast’s largest equine-related trade show, Equine Affaire in Massachusetts features amazing shopping opportunities for dedicated equestrians and casual horse fans alike. With more than 450 vendors in 5 buildings, enjoy the hunt for that perfect Christmas gift or special treat! From jewelry to tack to equestrian apparel, trailers, farm equipment, and so much more, we know you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

Looking for your next horse? Visit the Breed Pavilion, Horse & Farm Exhibits and For Sale Stalls to learn about new breeds, meet and test-ride horses for sale, or find the right equine professional to help guide you in your search for a new mount. If you’d love to adopt, visit the new Adoption Affaire in C-Barn.  Apply to adopt on site and meet your next best friend and equine partner at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts.

TAKE TIME TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW

In addition to hundreds of clinics, demonstrations and educational sessions, Equine Affaire also features the beginner-friendly Equine Fundamentals Forum, sponsored by Cosequin. This special exhibit is dedicated to adults and children who want to learn more about horses. Knowledgeable and friendly staff will guide you through educational exhibits and hands-on interactive displays about everything to do with horses, from equine anatomy to nutrition to management. Activities and educational opportunities also abound for the littlest horse fans, so be sure to bring your children to enjoy the Equine Fundamentals Forum.

TAKE IN ALL THE SIGHTS

Don’t miss your chance to see Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse. Sponsored by Absorbine®, Fantasia returns for three breathtaking evening performances on Thursday, November 7; Friday, November 8; and Saturday, November 9. Purchase your Fantasia tickets online at equineaffaire.com today, ranging from $14-$25, and secure your seat at this special event. This year’s lineup includes Grand Prix dressage, reining, liberty, vaulting, a taste of the Wild West, driving performances, plus specialty acts and more.

Plan to attend on Friday, November 8, to watch the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, a fan-favorite event that features up to 25 horse-and-rider pairs as they race the clock to tackle an exciting and challenging obstacle course. Watch and cheer on your favorites as champions are made and tested in this thrilling event!

NEW THIS YEAR

Find your next horse at Equine Affaire by visiting the Adoption Affaire in the Horse & Farm exhibits in C-Barn! Meet healthy, trained, adoptable horses of many breeds, ages and backgrounds and apply to adopt from a variety of rescue organizations on site.

Have you ever wanted to drive a draft horse? Don’t miss your chance for a fascinating Drive A Draft experience at Equine Affaire on Thursday, November 7. To sign up, visit the Whispery Pines Percherons stalls in C-Barn.

Veterans will love the opportunity to interact with horses and experience a variety of equine-assisted activities at A Horse for Heroes, another new feature at Equine Affaire. Equine Affaire has partnered with BINA Farm to offer a variety of unmounted activities on Sunday afternoon in the Warm-Up Pavilion, adjacent to the C-Barn. To sign up, visit the BINA Farm booth in the Breed Pavilion and prepare to experience the magic of the horse.

LEARN MORE ONLINE AT EQUINEAFFAIRE.COM

For event schedules, ticket purchases and other information, visit www.equineaffaire.com any time or call the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085, Monday through Friday, from 9am-5pm EST.

Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges its many generous sponsors, including Absorbine, sponsor of Fantasia; US Equestrian, sponsor of the Coliseum arena; Cosequin, sponsor of the Equine Fundamentals Forum; Farnam, sponsor of the courtesy shopping bag; Horizon Structures, the official barn of Equine Affaire; Horze Equestrian, the official apparel of Equine Affaire; GGT, sponsor of the Mallary and Young Arenas; Wahl, the official clipper of Equine Affaire; and Nutrena, sponsor of the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition.

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07 11

If You Want to Ride Like A Pro, Ride With A Pro!

LONDON, OH, July 11, 2019 – Have you ever wished you and your horse could spend an hour in the saddle with one of the industry’s top trainers? With Equine Affaire’s Ride with a Pro clinic program, you can! Apply today for your opportunity to Ride with a Pro at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, and you could be participating in one (or more) of 150 individual sessions offered this year. Presenters include some of the world’s best professional horsemen and horsewomen, including Chris Cox, Dan James, Julie Goodnight, Steve Lantvit and Jason Irwin, as well as many other discipline-specific experts. With clinics and seminars offered in a variety of disciplines for every level of horsemanship, from beginner to professional, there’s something for everyone to learn at Equine Affaire.

All clinicians are currently seeking horses and riders to participate in sessions at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, which will take place at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield on November 7-10, 2019. The application deadline for the Ride with a Pro program is September 9, 2019. To apply, visit our website (click “Participate,” then “Ride With A Pro”), or contact Christy Brossman at cbrossman@equineaffaire.com or by calling (740) 845-0085, ext. 102. Fees vary from $75-$350 depending on the clinic.

Chris Cox, Dan James, Julie Goodnight, Steve Lantvit and Jason Irwin will present on topics relating to general horsemanship. Equine Affaire will also feature presentations by Charlotte Bredahl-Baker (dressage), Sinead Halpin (eventing), Candice King (hunter/jumper), Dan James (reining), Jason Irwin (colt starting), Jane Melby (barrel racing), Dana Bright (driving), Kristen Whittaker (western dressage, garrocha), Rick Christy (hunter under saddle, showmanship), Gary Lane (easy gaited horses), Steve Lantvit (ranch horse), Kelly Hulse (saddleseat), Heidi Potter (trail obstacles, centered riding), Simon Cocozza (core strengthening & yoga for horses), and Jim Masterson (Masterson Method in Motion). More presenters will be announced soon, so bookmark equineaffaire.com and visit often!

Equine Affaire is North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering. In addition to enjoying Equine Affaire’s robust educational program, attendees can shop at the nation’s largest horse-related trade show, enjoy the excitement of the Versatile Horse and Rider Competition, and network with equine professionals, vendors, and experts from every corner of the industry. Visit equineaffaire.com for schedules, ticket information, hotel accommodations and more.

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04 26

Equine Affaire in Ohio: Uniting, Elevating and Celebrating the Horse Industry

LONDON, OH, April 26, 2019 – As North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering, Equine Affaire celebrated another successful year at the Ohio Expo Center on April 11-14, 2019. Over the course of four days, tens of thousands of horse lovers enjoyed countless opportunities to shop for equine products, learn about the horse industry and engage with representatives from dozens of breed associations, barns and other equine organizations. Most of all, Equine Affaire offered attendees the opportunity to celebrate horses and the people who love and work with them. According to Sean Black of Absorbine, Equine Affaire engenders a sense of community that unites horse lovers of all ages.

“At Equine Affaire, you’re inside your own culture, whether you’re a casual horse lover or a serious competitor,” Sean said. “This is where all your people are, because you’re getting to be around other horse owners and the people you ride with on the weekends.”

From the Equine Fundamentals Forum with its hands-on exhibits to its robust clinic program, Equine Affaire promotes education for equestrians of all skill levels and disciplines. There were more than two hundred educational sessions, clinics and seminars on the schedule, including presentations from some of the world’s best horsemen and horsewomen. The clinicians included Guy McLean, Julie Goodnight, Steve Lantvit, Jason Irwin and Neil Davies, along with dozens of discipline-specific clinicians, from reining to driving to liberty. Showjumping clinician Candice King loves the educational mission of Equine Affaire because it’s all about supporting the horse.

“The most gratifying part of teaching at this event is when people come up to me and tell me they learned something, because I know they’ll take it back to their horses and help those horses become nice, safe horses to ride,” Candice said. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the horses.”

As part of its mission to celebrate the horse industry, Equine Affaire partnered with multiple equine organizations to bring special programs to its event in Ohio, including the American Horse Council’s Time to Ride program and the Right Horse Initiative. The Time to Ride program provides new riders with their first riding experiences on seasoned lesson horses with the help of experienced instructors. Thanks to Time to Ride, attendees had the opportunity to experience their very first horseback rides at Equine Affaire in Ohio. Equine Affaire also hosted the Right Horse Adoption Fair in conjunction with the Right Horse Initiative, which featured dozens of adoptable horses of various breeds, ages and disciplines from several different rescue organizations.

“We loved the opportunity to host these special horses at Equine Affaire,” said Coagi Long, president of Equine Affaire. “It meant a lot to us to be able to provide these horses with the chance to find a new home, especially because we have so many horse lovers from so many walks of life at our event.”

Equine Affaire also hosted its annual Versatility Horse & Rider Competition on Friday, April 12, judged by Jason Irwin and announced by Steve Lantvit. During the competition, twenty-three horse-and-rider pairs competed for more than $5,500 in prize money. Competitors raced the clock while tackling such challenging activities as batting a large ball out of a child’s pool with a broom, retrieving a flag, crossing a narrow wooden bridge, and leading their blindfolded horses through a short course. Seasoned VHRC competitor Brenda Hanson clinched the championship with her 7-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, PVF Frosted Ace. The pair scored 65 points and finished the course in 4 minutes and 55 seconds. The 2018 champions, Jason Charles and Ms Whiz It, took second place with a score of 64. Jason also earned third place with Colonel Smoken Badger, owned by Loretta Weber, with a score of 62.5 points.

“The thing I like the most about Equine Affaire is the Versatility Competition,” said Ginger Trautwein, an attendee from Orchard Park, NY. “It’s such a challenge for the horses and the riders, and it’s always different. I think the toughest obstacle involved sweeping the big ball out of the pool, but the one that surprised me the most was the blindfolding of the horses. That was something I’d never seen before.”

On Saturday and Sunday, youth competitors (ages 12-19) representing teams from 15 states competed in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s Western Semi-Finals competition. The young riders competed in reining and horsemanship classes, and riders who qualified at the competition earned the opportunity to compete at the National Finals in Oklahoma City, OK, in June 2019.

In between competitions and clinics, attendees had the opportunity to tour the barns and the Breed Pavilion to learn about different and unusual breeds of horses. Michele Sumner, a breed exhibitor from Brunswick, Ohio, hosted a booth in the Breed Pavilion with her 3-year-old Gypsy Vanner mare, Sugar Hill Ailish West.

“Equine Affaire is horse heaven,” Michele said. “I love the camaraderie and I love seeing all the breeds that are here in the Breed Pavilion. A lot of people don’t know what a Gypsy Vanner is, for example, so this is a chance for them to interact with the horses, learn about them, and create a love for a new breed that they might want to buy later on. It’s the highlight of my year to come to Equine Affaire.”

Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s beloved musical celebration of the horse, returned for three exceptional performances, Thursday through Saturday. Sponsored by Absorbine, Fantasia featured a variety of acts designed to showcase the beauty, grace, and power of the horse, from Ambra Andrine’s incredible aerial and equine liberty performance to Shawn Drentwett’s magical costumed ride to Kellie Rettinger of Whispery Pines Percherons’ Wonder Woman act. Each evening ended with a comedic liberty routine by renowned Australian stockman Guy McLean and his famous herd of beloved horses.

Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors, including Absorbine, US Equestrian, Cosequin, Farnam, Rod’s, Cashman’s, and Wahl, as well as many others. For more of the magic that is Equine Affaire, plan to attend Equine Affaire in Massachusetts on November 7-10, 2019, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. For additional details, schedules, exciting announcements, and more, bookmark equineaffaire.com. We’ll see you in Massachusetts!

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04 12

Brenda Hanson Wins Versatile Horse & Rider Competition

Seasoned VHRC competitor Brenda Hanson clinched this year’s “Champion” title at the Ohio Equine Affaire’s Versatile Horse & Rider Competition! Brenda and her 7-year-old quarter horse gelding PVF Frosted Ace scored 65 points and finished the course in 4 minutes and 55 seconds. This pair has earned Reserve Champion at this competition in years past, but this is their first Champion ribbon at the VHRC!

Brenda and Ace in the winners’ circle with (left to right) emcee Steve Lantvit, judge Jason Irwin, and Equine Affaire President Coagi Long

Second place was awarded to Jason Charles and Ms Whiz It, trailing by just one point with a score of 64. Jason also earned third place, on Loretta Weber’s Colonel Smoken Badger with 62.5. Scoring 59.5 points to finish fourth was Martin Schwartz on Guy Gene Cutshaw’s Show Me Sterling. Rounding out the top five in fifth place was Tammy Burgard aboard WR Classic Whiskey with 57.5 points.

And for those of you that might be wondering about competitor Britiny Spangler, who took an unplanned dismount during the competition, we have heard that she has been cleared by the EMTs and is doing fine.

Full placings for the competition are listed below:

 

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04 08

Meet the VHRC Competitors: Part 4

Martin Schwartz

Horse: Show Me Sterling (aka “Sterling”), 9-year-old Appaloosa gelding

Two-time champions Martin and Sterling will return to defend their title at the 2019 VHRC! Sterling’s owner, Guy Cutshaw, is unable to ride so he takes great joy in watching Sterling’s success with Martin. Guy has raised and cared for Sterling since he was an 8-month-old colt and looks forward to watching this stellar pair compete once again in the VHRC.

Martin Schwartz and Show Me Sterling


Britiny Spangler

Horse: Peaches, 12-year-old AQHA mare

Britiny and Peaches have been a team for 5 years. Peaches was not broke to ride until Britiny started working with her at the age of 7. During their time together, they have been training with fellow VHRC competitor Brenda Hanson of Hanson Horse Training.

Britiny Spangler and Peaches


Alex Tyson

Horse: Chex My Loaded Gun, 9-year-old AQHA mare

This team has been together for 3 years. Together they compete in working equitation. In 2018, they were the WE United Region 5 Level 3 Champions and third place in Level 2 for their season overall.

Alex Tyson and Chex My Loaded Gun


Loretta Weber

Horse: Shining Gold Badger (“Badger”), 9-year-old APHA gelding

Loretta and Badger have been a team for 6 years. In that time they have trained and competed in all-around English and western, ranch riding, trail, and basic dressage. With many accomplishments in the past six years, such as champion of the day at open shows and 1st place in the open division at the Patriotic Trail Challenge, they’re ready to tackle the VHRC!

Kat Wiegand

Horse: Spence Farms Shadow Dancer (aka “Gracie”), 9-year-old Drum horse mare

Kat started out showing in 4H as a teen, and a few years ago quit her job as a Cost Estimator in the automotive industry to focus on her true passion – breeding, showing, and selling horses with her husband. Kat started Gracie under saddle at the age of 8 years old, just over a year ago! Gracie is a quick learner with an eager personality and has excelled in halter and rail classes but seems to love tackling obstacles the most.

Kat Wiegand and Spence Farms Shadow Dancer
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