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Equine Affaire’s Fantasia Will Celebrate the Horse this November in W. Springfield, MA

London, OH, July 25, 2016— Equine Affaire returns to the Eastern States Exposition in W. Springfield, MA, on November 10-13 bringing its legendary program of clinics, seminars, and demos and its ever popular musical celebration of the horse, the Fantasia. The 2016 Fantasia will take place at 8:00pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (November 10-12) in the Eastern States Exposition coliseum and is made possible once again through the generous sponsorship of Absorbine®.

As the entertainment cornerstone of Equine Affaire, the Fantasia showcases the beauty, diversity, athleticism, and willing spirit of horses of a great variety of breeds and provides the perfect ending to a busy day of shopping and learning at Equine Affaire. Outstanding equine and equestrian acts from throughout the United States will perform to a wide range of musical styles to create an evening of unforgettable equestrian entertainment for horse lovers of all ages.

“This year’s show will offer just the right mix of drama, comedy, fast-paced action, remarkable horses, and remarkable horsemanship,” explained Eugenia Snyder, the President of Equine Affaire. “The 2016 Fantasia will incorporate many of the elements that veteran Fantasia-goers have come to expect at the event including Grand Prix freestyle dressage, driving, horses performing at liberty, garocha, and drill team performances. We’re thrilled to be able to once again feature two of the best liberty horse trainers and performers in the world—Guy McLean and Tommy Turvey—and also introduce several very special acts and performers that will be new to the Fantasia and to the New England audience. The show will feature plenty of sensational equine entertainment provided by Icelandics, Andalusians, Morgans, Paso Finos, Percherons, Miniature Horses, Warmbloods, and Quarter Horses—and plenty of reminders of why we find horses so intoxicating.”

Tickets are on sale now! The 2016 Fantasia promises to be an evening of extraordinary entertainment you will not want to miss. Ticket prices range from $12 to $24, and advance tickets 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 the Fantasia sell quickly, and advance ticket sales end November 2nd. Tickets ordered by October 23rd will be sent through the mail; tickets ordered between October 23rd and November 2nd will be available for pickup at Will Call at the event. Any tickets not sold in advance will be available for purchase at the Information Booth in the Better Living Center beginning at 9:00am on Thursday, November 10th.

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. We are all grateful to Absorbine® for their support of the 2016 Fantasia.

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08 25

$5500 at Stake in Equine Affaire’s Popular Versatile Horse & Rider Competition this November

LONDON, OH, June 14, 2016— Equine Affaire returns to the Eastern States Exposition in W. Springfield, MA, on November 10-13, 2016, bringing the very best in equine education, shopping, entertainment, and, of course, the ultimate test of horsemanship—the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition. A select group of talented horses and riders will tackle a challenging “obstacle course” in pursuit of $5500 in cash and the coveted title of Champion at the 2016 Versatile Horse & Rider Competition. The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition—aka “VHRC”—is a timed and judged race through a course that presents a unique set of riding challenges and tests a wide range of horsemanship skills. In contrast to previous events, this year’s competition will consist of just one round that will take place in the afternoon on Friday, November 11th, in the coliseum at Eastern States.

“The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is now in its ninth year at the Massachusetts Equine Affaire, and it has become a very popular part of the expo for event attendees and area horsemen who want to put their skills to the test,” explained Eugenia Snyder, the President of Equine Affaire. “The competition attracts some really top-notch horses and riders and poses a real test of riding skills in an unusual format. The race can also be pretty unpredictable. You can’t know how any horse and rider team will perform until they’re on the course—and a lot of unexpected things happen.”

The cornerstone of every Equine Affaire is education, and, though the VHRC is clearly a competition, it fits the educational mission of Equine Affaire. “Riders in the audience can envision how they would approach the obstacles, imagine how they and their horses would do, and empathize with the contestants as their horses succeed at some obstacles and fall short at others,” Snyder continued. “Horse people who watch the race learn a lot by observing the different approaches that contestants take in tackling the same obstacles – and a lot of what is demonstrated can be applied to challenges that all riders face with their horses.”

The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is open to all riders age 18 years and older and horses of all breeds and disciplines. A maximum of only 25 horse/rider teams will be pre-selected based on application materials submitted. The VHRC course will feature a combination of traditional and very unique riding obstacles and riding patterns that may include jumping over or through structures, backing through a pattern, pole bending and/or roll backs, gait changes, various gymkhana games, ground tying, operating gates, and riding over or through difficult or spooky objects. The performance of each horse and rider team will be judged on each obstacle for both quality of horsemanship and timing.

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. All awards will be presented at the conclusion of the race on Friday afternoon.

For details on the VHRC and an entry form, visit equineaffaire.com, click on the Ohio event and “Participate” links to access the VHRC page or contact Coagi Long at clong@equineaffaire.com or by calling (740) 845-0085 ext. 114. The entry fee for each horse/rider team is $350 and includes stabling for Thursday and Friday nights and three single-day tickets to Equine Affaire for the contestant. Applications and support materials will be accepted by Equine Affaire through September 9th. They will be reviewed by the management of Equine Affaire, which will select the final contestants for the competition and notify contestants by September 30th.

The 2016 VHRC will provide plenty of action and suspense as contestants do their best to meet the challenges posed by the unique course of obstacles. Admission to the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is included in general admission to Equine Affaire—providing just one more reason to travel to Equine Affaire in W. Springfield, MA, this November. Seating at the VHRC is always at a premium, so plan to get there early! Visit equineaffaire.com for everything you need to know to attend Equine Affaire including the clinic, seminar, and demo schedule; ticket information; and details on discounted rates at our host hotels.

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Equine Affaire’s Diverse “Ride With The Best” Program Offers Special Opportunities this November

London, OH, June 22, 2016 — Elevate your equestrian experience this fall at Equine Affaire—North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering. The 2016 Equine Affaire will take place at the Eastern States Exposition in W. Springfield, MA, on November 10th to the 13th and offer horse owners 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 The Best” 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 almost any budget.

The Clinics and Clinicians. The majority of clinicians who will be featured at the 2016 Equine Affaire will be participating in the Ride With The Best 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’ll want to take advantage of these great opportunities to receive individual instruction. Among those who will be presenting sessions on general horse training and horsemanship topics are Guy McLean, Jonathan Field, Lynn Palm, Sean Patrick, and Sandi Simons.Clinicians offering sessions in the English disciplines will include Mette Rosencrantz and Nicholas Fyffe (dressage), Jim Wofford (eventing), Julie Winkel and Linda Langmeier (hunter/jumper), Daniel Stewart (equestrian sport psychology over fences), Sterling Graburn (driving), and Stephanie Lynn (hunter under saddle). Those conducting clinics on western disciplines will include Doug Leasor (barrel racing and pole bending), Lynn Palm (western dressage), Stephanie Lynn (western pleasure and horsemanship), and Kevin Oliver (reining and ranch horse versatility). Larry Whitesell and Jennifer Bauer will team up in sessions on training and riding easy gaited horses, Sandy Croote will share insight on training and showing miniature horses, and Heidi Potter will teach clicker training techniques.

Clinic fees and how to apply. The modest clinic fees for Equine Affaire’s “Ride With The Best”  program range from $70 for a single clinic to $300 for multi-session clinics 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 2016 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 The Best” application are available at equineaffaire.com. Click on the Massachusetts event and follow the “Participate” link to information on the “Ride With The Best” program. Interested riders and horse owners may also request an information packet and clinic application by contacting Coagi Long at clong@equineaffaire.com or by calling (740) 845-0085 ext. 114. Consult equineaffaire.com for continuously-updated information on the program. Contact Equine Affaire soon;the application deadline is September 9th

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