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02 27

Equine Affaire’s Fantasia Will Light Up the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum in April

London, OH, February 27, 2018— Horse people are strong on tradition—and Equine Affaire’s popular musical celebration of the horse, the Fantasia, is a tradition that horse people in the region hold so dearly that they began ordering their tickets for the April event in the beginning of December. Why the anticipation and the rush for tickets months in advance?  The Fantasia offers an evening of unforgettable equestrian entertainment that delights horse lovers young and old and is the perfect way to round out the Equine Affaire experience with family and friends.

As the entertainment “cornerstone” of Equine Affaire’s remarkable program of activities for horse lovers of all walks of equestrian life, the Fantasia is always an uplifting and special reminder of why we love horses—showcasing their beauty, diversity, athleticism, and willing spirit. The Fantasia—sponsored by Absorbine®– will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (April 12-14) in the Ohio Expo Center coliseum in Columbus and is best described as a “musical celebration of the horse” featuring many of the nation’s foremost equine and equestrian performers choreographed to a wide range of musical styles.

For the past 20 years the Fantasia productions have delighted audiences with just the right blend of remarkable horsemen, fantastic horses, drama, fast-paced action, and sensational horsemanship . . . and this year will be no exception. The 2018 Fantasia will incorporate many of the elements that Fantasia-goers have come to expect at the event including Grand Prix freestyle dressage, freestyle reining, driving, garocha, vaulting, trick riding, horses performing at liberty, and drill team performances–all with a new twist.  The Knights of Iceland will be back bringing their unique energy from the land of fire and ice, and Fantasia favorites including Tommie Turvey, Dan James, Christine Drentwett, the Canadian and Diamond D Cowgirls, and the Cavallo Equestrian Arts’ Zoppes will bring new acts and new reasons to love the Fantasia.

Horses as varied as Andalusians, Friesians, Icelandics, Hanoverians, Miniatures, Paints, Percherons, Quarter Horses and Suffolk Punches will take center stage at the 2018 Fantasia and provide plenty of reminders of why we find horses so intoxicating. This year’s show promises to be an evening of extraordinary entertainment you will not want to miss.  A separate ticket is required, and ticket prices range from $14 to $25 (plus a $2.75 shipping/handling/selection fee per ticket). Advance tickets for the Fantasia are available online at equineaffaire.com (where you may consult a seating chart and select your seats) or by calling Equine Affaire at (740) 845-0085 weekdays from 9:00am-5:00pm Eastern. Tickets for this popular event sell quickly, and advance ticket sales end April 10.  Any tickets not sold in advance will be available for purchase at the Information Booth in the Bricker Building beginning at 9:00am on Thursday, April 12th.

For all you need to know to attend Equine Affaire—North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering—and the Fantasia, visit equineaffaire.com.  Our thanks to Absorbine® for their generous sponsorship of the 2018 Fantasia!

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02 21

The 2018 Equine Affaire: 25 Years in the Making

LONDON, OH, February 21, 2018— When work initially began on the first Equine Affaire back in 1993, the show was nothing more than one person’s “good idea.”  That idea for an event that would bring all facets of the horse industry together in an education-oriented, noncompetitive environment was soon enthusiastically embraced by horse people and horse businesses alike, and Equine Affaire quickly evolved into a multi-faceted, must-attend show serving the horse community.

Today Equine Affaire enjoys a solid reputation and place in the horse industry thanks to the participation and support over the past 25 years of countless clinicians, presenters, performers, farm owners, associations, organizations, retailers, manufacturers, sponsors, and horse people from all walks of equestrian life.  The exact impact of Equine Affaire is difficult to measure, but the 56 events that have been produced since the first show in March of 1994 have clearly touched the lives of many hundreds of thousands of horse people and several thousand horse businesses and organizations throughout the nation. Along the way they have also served an even larger and perhaps more important goal of improving our understanding and appreciation of horses and improving their lives through the education of their owners and handlers. Equine Affaire is aptly named—as it continues to be a celebration of our love of horses.

Equine Affaire’s “Silver Anniversary” event will take place April 12-15 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus and offer what Equine Affaire has become famous for:  an educational program that is second-to-none, the largest horse-related trade show in this hemisphere, top equine entertainment and competition, and endless opportunities to experience, buy, and sell horses of all types. Whether you are just becoming involved with horses or you’re a seasoned veteran of the horse world, your destination of choice this spring will be Equine Affaire—North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering.

At a time when so much of what we do and experience is through online avenues, Equine Affaire offers the grand alternative to see, feel, touch, compare, try on, experience and even smell the horse world in person . . . to share one’s love of horses with others who feel the same.  Equine Affaire is about first-hand opportunities to witness great horses, learn from top equestrians, shop for all things equine, research, connect, hang out with fellow horse people and immerse one’s self in the world of horses.

At the heart of Equine Affaire is an educational program designed to help horsemen of all riding and driving persuasions reach their equestrian goals at home, on the trail, or in a competitive arena. Hundreds of clinics, seminars and demos by many of the foremost trainers, coaches, competitors, judges, TV personalities, and industry professionals will be presented in seven venues.  Clinicians scheduled to present at the Silver Anniversary event will include Ken McNabb, Dan James, Van Hargis, Warwick Schiller, Stacy Westfall, Tommie Turvey, Nancy Cahill, Jan Ebeling, Jeff Cook, Lynn Symansky, Paul Humphrey, Stephen Hayes, Bob Giles, Larry Whitesell, Liz Bentley, and a host of others.  Clinic topics will cover the gamut from the English disciplines of dressage, jumping, eventing, driving, English pleasure and hunter under saddle through the western sports of reining, western horsemanship, barrel racing, contesting, and trail.

New riders and horse owners of all ages may also acquire basic horse and horsemanship expertise through demos, video presentations, interactive exhibits, and special activities at Equine Affaire’s Equine Fundamentals Forum sponsored by Cosequin®.  And, if you’ve never ridden a horse or haven’t ridden in a long time, you’ll have an opportunity to connect or reconnect with horses this spring. Equine Affaire is partnering with the American Horse Council’s Time to Ride program to provide opportunities for new and aspiring horse lovers to have their first encounter with a horse—to learn about the basics of horses, horse care, horsemanship, and to actually ride a horse for the first time.

Equine Affaire is expanding its educational offerings this year with the introduction of the Your Farm Forum sponsored by Equine Equipment and located in the Bricker Annex.  This new specialty area will include a range of farm and stable-related exhibitors as well as a seminar stage featuring sessions focusing on the horse’s home and environment and covering a wide range of topics for owners of horse farms of all sizes. Discover ways you can improve your equine operation and horse’s world and learn about other farm activities and animals.

Students hoping to pursue equine-related studies and careers will be able to research college programs and career options by participating in a new Career/College Scavenger Hunt. The hunt will be an engaging way to meet a variety of industry professionals and college representatives. The kickoff presentation for the hunt will take place at 10:00am on Saturday in the Equine Fundamentals Forum demo ring in the Celeste Center, and the scavenger hunt will follow until 3:45pm. Prizes will be awarded during a final panel discussion at 4:00pm.  Interested students should check in to participate at the Equine Fundamentals Forum upon arrival at the show.

Of course the true focus of Equine Affaire is obviously horses, and you’ll find plenty of ways to discover and appreciate the amazing diversity of the horse world in the Breed Pavilion, Horse & Farm Exhibits, and breed demos throughout the weekend. Get up close and personal with equines from miniatures to drafts, gaited to easy gaited breeds, and stock horses to sport horses. Representatives of dozens of horse, pony, color, and breed associations and registries will be on hand to answer your questions and share their exceptional horses with you.

Equine Affaire’s popular test of horsemanship, the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, will once again be an entertaining as well as educational part of the event.  Up to 25 pre-selected horse and rider teams will race through a challenging obstacle course in the coliseum on Friday, April 13, in pursuit of $5500 and the coveted title of Versatile Horse & Rider Competition Champion. The VHRC is open to adult riders of all disciplines and horses of all breeds and has evolved over the years into one of the most popular features of Equine Affaire. Put your skills to the test—or come and cheer on your favorite contestants in this exciting, fast-paced event!  The deadline to apply to compete is February 20.

A second competition has been added to the schedule for the Silver Anniversary Equine Affaire.  An Interscholastic Equestrian Association Western Horse Show will take place on Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm in Cooper Arena and feature youth competitors representing schools from throughout the region.  The show will not only highlight the abilities of youth competitors, but will also provide an opportunity for high school students to learn about the IEA and how they can become involved in showing horses.

Outstanding equine and equestrian acts from throughout the United States are slated to perform at Equine Affaire’s popular musical celebration of the horse – the Fantasia – to create an evening of fabulous and affordable entertainment. The 2018 Fantasia will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the coliseum and is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Absorbine®. As the entertainment cornerstone of Equine Affaire, the Fantasia showcases the beauty, diversity, talent, and spirit of horses of a great variety of breeds and disciplines and provides the perfect ending to a busy day of activities at Equine Affaire. With just the right mix of comedy, drama, action, stunning horses, phenomenal horsemanship, and diverse music, the Fantasia has been one of the highlights of Equine Affaire in Columbus since the show was first introduced nearly 20 years ago. Advance tickets for this must-see event are onsale through April 10. Tickets not sold in advance will be available at the Information Booth in the Bricker Building beginning at 9:00am on Thursday, April 12.

At Equine Affaire’s legendary trade show you’ll be able to see, touch, try on and compare everything you and your horse need….and some things you might not be able to resist. With several large “stores” to explore, hundreds of exhibit booths, and acres of trade show to cover, you’ll want to review the vendor list online in advance before shopping in person at the show.  You can also plan to find bargains on quality horse-related items including tack, training equipment and riding apparel for sale on consignment at The Marketplace located next to the Breed Pavilion in the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center.

Presenting a program as extensive as the one at Equine Affaire is very costly, and we are truly grateful to the many companies and organizations that underwrite production expenses through their generous sponsorships.  We extend our most heartfelt thanks to Absorbine®, Rod’s, Wahl, Horse Network, US Equestrian, Farnam, Equine Savings, and the dozens of other outstanding companies and organizations that endorse the mission of Equine Affaire and keep ticket prices affordable for all horse people through their sponsorship support.

Visit equineaffaire.com, click on the Ohio event, and follow the links to detailed information on everything that Equine Affaire has to offer—and everything you need to know to attend and/or participate in the event. Or call our helpful staff of dedicated horse people at (740) 845-0085 from 9:00-5:00 ET for personal assistance. Get together with your family and horse-loving friends to make a weekend of Equine Affaire and get your springtime dose of all things equine this April in Columbus.

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02 12

Market, Sell and Consign at the 2018 Equine Affaire

LONDON, OH, February 12, 2018— Equine Affaire returns to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus on April 12-15, 2018, and brings with it terrific opportunities for horse people to sell, consign, market, and conduct business. Equine Affaire enjoys a well-deserved reputation nationwide for its unparalleled educational program, trade show, and equestrian entertainment, but the event also serves the horse community by providing horse people with easy and affordable ways to conduct horse-related business—to sell horses, to market their stallions and farms, and to turn their unwanted tack, apparel, and other equine items into cash. Virtually all horse owners have something to sell or promote—and Equine Affaire is an affordable and effective place to get the job done.

Consign at The Marketplace at Equine Affaire.  You can buy what you and your horse need and sell what you don’t at The Marketplace, Equine Affaire’s full-service consignment shop. Where else can you find more potential buyers for your unwanted horse and rider items while also enjoying the ultimate horse-related educational program and equestrian shopping experience than the largest horse expo in North America?

Let the staff at The Marketplace display and sell your tack, apparel, and other equine-related items to customers who will be able to see your items first hand and make their purchases on site. Equine Affaire’s staff will take care of selling your consignments (at prices that you set) while you enjoy all that Equine Affaire has to offer—and then pay you in cash for sales made at the event. With cash in hand, you’ll have additional spending power to shop bargains at the Marketplace and new merchandise at Equine Affaire’s unsurpassed trade show. The consignment process is easy, and consignment fees at the Marketplace are lower than those at other consignment venues in the region!

The Marketplace is now in its sixth year and is well established as a great place to both sell and shop for tack, riding apparel, and plenty of other horse-related items.  The store will be located in the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center where you can drive up to the west side of the building to drop off or pick up heavier items. The Marketplace will be open for sales throughout the four days of Equine Affaire. Purchases may be made in cash or by credit card, and Equine Affaire will take care of collecting and paying sales taxes on consignment sales.

Market your farm, stable, stallion, or boarding, training, and breeding facility. You can complement your online marketing campaign for your facility or stallion by exhibiting at Equine Affaire and meeting with potential customers in person. Located in the Ohio Expo Center’s extensive Gilligan Complex, Equine Affaire’s Horse & Farm Exhibits is an area dedicated to the promotion of horse farms, training facilities, lesson facilities, breeding stallions, and horses for sale. The Horse & Farm Exhibits area is where horse owners, stable / farm owners, and horse service providers connect in person with customers who are interested in all breeds of horses and a variety of equestrian disciplines.

The Horse & Farm Exhibits stalls will be featured in the northeast section of the Gilligan Complex—the stalls that receive the best traffic flow because of their proximity to the clinic venues, trade show, and other important features of the show. The fee for each 10 x 10 inline exhibit stall for three-four days is $150, end/corner stalls on the outer aisles of the barn are $200, and an end/corner stall on the main aisle of the barn is $175.00. The rental of each exhibit stall includes one four-day pass to Equine Affaire (a $50 value), and each Horse & Farm exhibitor receives a one-line listing of stall number, farm name, breed of horse, and phone number or web site address in the free event program.

Sell your horse(s) at Equine Affaire.  Yes, you have multiple ways to sell the horses you no longer want, but finding the right buyer at the right price at Equine Affaire just might be quicker, easier, and more profitable. You can rent a 10 x 10 “For Sale” stall in the Horse & Farm Exhibits area to occupy for two-four days for just $150.  Each stall rental includes one four-day pass to Equine Affaire (a $50 value), a “For Sale” sign to post on the stall and a free listing pre-event on equineaffaire.com that will provide your horse’s breed, age, gender, name, discipline, price, photo, and stall location. Showcase your horse in person to tens of thousands of potential customers in just four days!

For information on The Marketplace, the Horse & Farm Exhibits, the “For Sale” stalls and everything that Equine Affaire has to offer, visit equineaffaire.com, select the Ohio event, and follow the appropriate links. You may also contact our staff of dedicated horse people for personal assistance.  For information on the Marketplace contact Alyssa Justus at ajustus@equineaffaire.com or (740) 845-0085 ext 101; for assistance with the Horse & Farm Exhibits and “For Sale” stalls, contact Karin Brennan at kbrennan@equineaffaire.com or call (740) 845-0085 ext 112.

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02 09

Equine Affaire’s Diverse “Ride With A Pro” Clinic Program Offers Special Opportunities this April

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 bvolpe@equineaffaire.com 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.

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02 08

Test Your Horsemanship & Win Cash in Equine Affaire’s Versatile Horse & Rider Competition

LONDON, OH, February 8, 2018— Are you ready to show the world your horsemanship skills and earn some cash in the process?  Applications are now being accepted for Equine Affaire’s popular all-breed Versatile Horse & Rider Competition—aka “VHRC”–that will take place on Friday, April 13th, in the coliseum at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.  A select group of horse and rider teams will tackle a challenging obstacle/trail course in this timed and judged race for $5500 in cash prizes and the coveted title of 2018 Versatile Horse & Rider Competition Champion.

The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is now in its eighth year at Equine Affaire in Ohio.  As Eugenia Snyder, Equine Affaire’s founder and President explained, “It is a challenging test of horsemanship for those who choose to put their skills to the test, and it attracts some pretty amazing contestants. The event has become really popular for both the contestants and Equine Affaire attendees because it’s fun, fast-paced and unpredictable.”  Admission to watch the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is included in general admission to Equine Affaire—providing just one more reason to travel to the 2018 Equine Affaire in Columbus.

Win $5500 in cash and more!  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four contestants with the first place team receiving $2,500 and the title of Versatile Horse & Rider Competition Champion and the second, third, and fourth place teams receiving $1,750, $1,000, and $250 respectively. Ribbons will be presented to the top 10 teams, and additional awards will be announced prior to the event. All awards will be presented at the conclusion of the race on Friday afternoon.

Who can compete.  The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is open to all riders age 18 years and older and horses of all breeds and disciplines. Horse breeds as diverse as Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, Appaloosas, Morgans, Norwegian Fjords, Rocky Mountain Horses, Warmbloods, and Gypsy Vanners have participated successfully in past events demonstrating that the competition is truly “all breed” in nature. A maximum of only 25 horse/rider teams will be pre-selected to compete based on application materials submitted, and all horse and rider teams will compete against each other.  There will be no “divisions” based on gender or age.

The competition course.  The VHRC course will be made up of 12-13 obstacles and patterns set in the 90’ x 212’ arena of the Ohio Expo Center coliseum.  The obstacles may include jumping over or through structures, backing through a pattern, pole bending and/or roll backs, gait changes, various gymkhana games, ground tying, working gates, and riding over or through difficult or spooky objects.

How the competition will be judged.  The horsemanship performance of each contestant will be judged on each obstacle. Performance points will be awarded on a scale of 1 to 5 based on the rider’s horsemanship, the horse’s attitude, and the team’s overall performance. Horses and riders will be required to complete the course within a given time.  Any contestant who fails to meet this time limit will be disqualified. Ride times will be translated into points, and the team with the highest overall point score will be the winner.  Van Hargis will serve as this year’s judge, and Warwick Schiller will provide obstacle-by-obstacle commentary.

Are you and your horse ready to compete?  To obtain all of the details on the VHRC and an entry form, visit equineaffaire.com, click on the Ohio event and “Participate” links to access the VHRC page.  You may also contact Beth Volpe at bvolpe@equineaffaire.com or by calling (740) 845-0085 ext. 103. The entry fee for each horse/rider team is $350 and includes stabling from Thursday to Saturday and three days of admission to Equine Affaire. Applications and support materials will be accepted by Equine Affaire through February 15th. They will be reviewed by the management of Equine Affaire, which will select the final contestants for the competition and notify contestants by March 2nd.

Just want to watch?  Come and cheer on the contestants as their horses succeed at some obstacles and fall short at others. You can also learn a lot by watching the different approaches that outstanding horses and riders take in tackling the same obstacles. Be sure to visit equineaffaire.com for everything you need to know to attend the 2018 Equine Affaire—North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering—on April 12-15 including details on all of the top quality clinicians and presenters; the clinic, seminar, and demo schedule; a list of trade show exhibitors; ticket information; and details on discounted rates at Equine Affaire’s convenient host hotels.

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