Equine Affaire Press Room

07 19

PARTICIPATE IN EXCITING PROGRAMS AT EQUINE AFFAIRE

SPRINGFIELD, MA, July 18, 2022 – Are you ready to take the next step in your relationship with your horse? In the horse industry, learning is a lifelong endeavor, and that’s especially true when it comes to horseback riding. No matter what discipline you participate in, striving to improve your skills and abilities in the saddle (or driving seat!) is one of the best ways to invest in the relationship between you and your horse. That’s why Equine Affaire is proud to bring you two exciting opportunities to stretch your abilities at Equine Affaire: the Ride With a Pro clinic program and the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition! Both activities will take place at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, during Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, November 10-13, 2022.

The Ride With a Pro clinic program matches horses and riders with clinicians who are seeking participants in their clinics at Equine Affaire. Some clinicians are looking for horses and riders with specific skills and problems, while others are seeking any riders interested in improving their relationships with their horses. With more than 150 individual sessions, clinics, and demonstrations, there’s something for everyone to learn, especially with this year’s lineup of clinicians! The following horse trainers and educators are looking for participants in their clinics this fall:

  • Jonathan Field…General Training
  • Pat Parelli…General Training
  • Steve Lantvit…General Training and Ranch Horse
  • Lorie Duff…General Training
  • Scott Purdum…General Training
  • Gina Miles…Eventing
  • Bill Warren…Dressage
  • Nona Garson…Hunter/Jumper
  • Jane Karol…Dressage
  • Sterling Graburn…Driving
  • Chad Crider…Barrel Racing
  • Karen Black…Reined Cow Horse
  • Leslie Lopardo… Western Dressage
  • Michael Gascon…Easy Gaited Horses
  • Sally Batton…The Athletic Equestrian and Equicize
  • Ty Evans…Mules

Ready to learn how to apply? Application packets are available on our website and include a clinic summary, applications for both adults and youth, and other requirements, such as a written description of you and your horse’s competitive history, training, and riding experience, as well as recent videos of you and your horse at work. To apply online or see more details, visit equineaffaire.com and make sure to select the Massachusetts event, then click “Participate” and “Ride with a Pro.” Got questions or concerns? Email Lori Helsel at lhelsel@equineaffaire.com or by calling (740) 845-0085, ext. 107, Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm EST. The Massachusetts clinic summary will include special requests from the clinicians and will outline the fees for each clinic, which range from $75 to $350 and include clinic participation, event admission, and 24 hours of stabling. The application deadline is September 9, 2022. After decisions are made, all applicants will be notified of their application status prior to October 7.

Feeling like you’re ready for a competitive challenge? Apply today to ride in the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, sponsored by Nutrena! You could be one of the 25 horse and rider teams selected to compete on Friday, November 11, 2022, in the Coliseum at the Eastern States Exposition. Competitors will race the clock to navigate obstacles and perform various maneuvers and patterns, all while being evaluated on communication, horsemanship, and athletic prowess. With $5,500 in cash and other prizes at stake, it’s an opportunity not to be missed! To apply, visit equineaffaire.com, select the Massachusetts event, then click “Participate” and “Versatile Horse and Rider Competition.” The application deadline is September 9, 2022, and all applicants will be notified of their status by October 7.

Equine Affaire is an exciting and affordable daytime horse exposition filled with fun activities suitable for kids, families, and equestrians and horseback riders of all ages. General admission includes entry to the largest equine-related trade show in the east; numerous theme pavilions, exhibits, and special activities; multiple horse competitions; and all horse clinics, seminars, and demonstrations. Separate tickets are required for Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse! Sponsored by Absorbine®, Fantasia is an evening show boasting a variety of performances by elite equestrian and equine performers. Tickets for Equine Affaire and Fantasia are available now at equineaffaire.com.

Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges its sponsors: Absorbine, Farnam, US Equestrian, GGT Footing, Horizon Structures, and Nutrena. To learn more about our event, visit our website (www.equineaffaire.com), follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @equineaffaire, or call our office at (740) 845-0085, 9:00am-5:00pm EST (M-F). We’ll see you at Equine Affaire!

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07 08

WIN FUN PRIZES AT EQUINE AFFAIRE

SPRINGFIELD, MA, July 8, 2022 – Equine Affaire is delighted to announce the official opening of the 2022 Equine Affaire Raffle for the Massachusetts event! Each year, before each exposition, Equine Affaire opens an online raffle form so that attendees and fans can enter to win great prizes from some of the industry’s most beloved organizations and retailers. Past raffle prizes have been provided by such companies as Smartpak, Farnam, Kong, Outback Survival Gear, and others. Interested in entering the next raffle to win? Read on for details!

The raffle form for the 2022 Equine Affaire Raffle is officially open and available at https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-other-features/mass-free-raffle/. Participants can enter to win one of five $100 gift certificates from Smartpak; one of five $100 gift certificates to Outback Survival Gear; one of ten Farnam product buckets ($75 value!), or one of ten pairs of single-day admission tickets to the 2023 Equine Affaire in Massachusetts! That’s 30 opportunities to win. It’s easy to enter and you need not be present to win. You can enter online now through November 13, 2022. All winners will be selected via randomized drawing and notified by November 30, 2022.

After you finish entering the raffle at equineaffaire.com, make sure to check out the details for the 2022 Equine Affaire in Massachusetts! This four-day horse exposition will take place November 10-13, 2022, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Featuring hundreds of educational clinics, the largest equine-related trade show in the east, horses for sale and adoption from Massachusetts and surrounding states, exciting competitions, evening entertainment and a whole lot more, Equine Affaire is the go-to destination for equestrians and horseback riders of all ages, skill levels, and disciplines. Headlining clinicians include Jonathan Field, Pat Parelli, Lorie Duff, Steve Lantvit, and Scotti Purdum. You can learn more at equineaffaire.com.

Prior to the 2022 event in Ohio, which took place in April at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, almost 600 participants entered the raffle to win prizes from Smartpak, Kong, Outback Survival Gear, and Equine Affaire. When the raffle ended, twenty-four lucky fans won! Congratulations to all of our lucky winners.

The winners of five $100 gift certificates from Smartpak were Megan Duarte of Berlin Center, Ohio; Shelley Kay of West Alexandria, Ohio; Ruth Ragsdale of New Madison, Ohio; Maresa Ahrens of Hilliard, Ohio; and Patti Stief of Mansfield, Ohio.

The winners of three Kong equine hanging kits were Kelley Olin of Olean, New York; Angela Sutton of Youngsville, Pennsylvania; and Taylor Schmidt of Nashville, Tennessee.

The winners of six prize packages from Outback Survival Gear were Jess Shira of Fremont, Michigan, who won a hat, boots, and jacket; Tammy Rollins of Howell, Michigan, who won a hat and a can of Leather Seal; Heather Dwire of New Lebanon, Ohio, who won a hat and a can of Leather Seal; Jason Morse of Pickerington, Ohio, who won a tub of Leather Seal; Sarah Foos of Ostrander, Ohio, who won a family pack of Leather Seal; and Julie Marcinkoski, who also won a family pack of Leather Seal!

Finally, the winners of ten pairs of single-day admission tickets to the 2023 Equine Affaire in Ohio were Linsay Wykoff of Hanover, Michigan; Jena Woods of Eaton, Ohio; Jennifer Kinn of Findlay, Ohio; Denise Drugan of Grand Blanc, Michigan; David Scheve of Lexington, Kentucky; Rebekah Salés of Paoli, Indiana; Magna Linnevers of North Olmsted, Ohio; Judy Caffrey of Yosemite, Kentucky; Amy Deak of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Abigail Krabacher of Hamilton, Ohio.

Elevating the equestrian experience since 1994, Equine Affaire is known as the nation’s premier equine exposition and equestrian gathering. Join us on November 10-13, 2022, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, for our next event, and help us celebrate the horse and everything that it represents to all of us! Purchase tickets, learn more about the event, and enter the raffle now at equineaffaire.com.

Equine Affaire is grateful to the companies who have supported the raffle year after year! Thank you to Smartpak, Kong, and Outback Survival Gear for supporting our 2022 Ohio raffle, and to Smartpak, Farnam, and Outback Survival Gear for participating in our 2022 Massachusetts raffle.

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07 05

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE PREMIER EQUESTRIAN EVENT OF THE YEAR

SPRINGFIELD, MA, June 30, 2022 – Horse lovers, prepare to be inspired at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts! As North America’s premier equine exposition and equestrian gathering, there’s no better place to elevate your equestrian experience. Join tens of thousands of fellow equine enthusiasts at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, on November 10-13, 2022, for clinics, shopping, competitions, activities, evening entertainment, and more! Tickets for Equine Affaire and its evening musical show, Fantasia, go on sale July 6 via equineaffaire.com.

Equine Affaire is an exciting and affordable daytime horse exposition filled with fun activities suitable for kids, families, and equestrians and horseback riders of all ages. Adult tickets are $18 per day or $55 for a four-day pass (savings of $17!); children’s tickets are $10 per day for ages 7-10; and children six and under get in for free. Hours are from 9 am to 7 pm, Thursday through Saturday, and from 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission includes entry to the largest equine-related trade show in the east; numerous theme pavilions, exhibits, and special activities; multiple horse competitions; and all horse clinics, seminars, and demonstrations.

No day at Equine Affaire is complete without spending the evening at Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse! Sponsored by Absorbine®, Fantasia takes place at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. A musical extravaganza boasting a variety of performances by elite equestrian and equine performers, this year’s show will include bareback vaulting, drill team routines, reining, fast-paced driving, an exciting performance featuring Icelandic horses, and much more! Separate tickets are required for Fantasia. Ticket prices range from $14 to $25 and will be available online at equineaffaire.com, starting on July 6. With just three performances and limited seating, tickets for Fantasia sell out fast, so purchase yours today! Please note the Eastern States Exposition charges for parking.

Equine Affaire’s educational program is second to none, featuring tons of educational horse clinics, sessions, and demonstrations. This fall, enjoy learning from general horsemanship clinicians such as Jonathan Field, Pat Parelli, Steve Lantvit, Lorie Duff, and Scott Purdum. There are also a host of discipline-specific clinicians slated to present, including Gina Miles (eventing), Nona Garson (hunter/jumper), Jane Karol (dressage), Steve Lantvit (ranch horse), Chad Crider (barrel racing), Sterling Graburn (driving),  Leslie Lopardo (western dressage), Michael Gascon (easy gaited horses), Karen Black (reined cow horse), Sally Batton (varsity equestrian athletes and Equicize), Ty Evans (mules), Carrie Brandt (Icelandics), Caleb Carinci-Asch (lunging), Joyleen Seymour (mounted games), Copper Hill Vaulting Team (vaulting), Canadian Cowgirls (drill teams), and others. Many more clinicians will be announced in the months to come, so stay tuned to our social media channels (FB/IG/Twitter: @equineaffaire) for announcements!

Looking for even more reasons to attend Equine Affaire? Plan to shop and play at the trade show, which features hundreds of vendors spread out across five buildings, and look for all your favorite tack shops, supplement suppliers, trailer vendors, apparel stores, book shops, and more. Browse for bargains or drop off your gently used horse-related items to sell at the Marketplace Consignment Shop. Are you new to horses? Visit the Equine Fundamentals Forum, a special corner of our event dedicated to new horse owners and kids, to learn all about the basics of horsemanship and horse husbandry! Eager for a hands-on experience with horses? Check out the Breed Pavilion where you can meet and greet with a variety of different breeds of horses in-person and “in-horse,” including Friesians, Marsh Tackies, American Quarter Horses, Icelandic horses, and many others. Network with equine professionals, chat with equine service providers, and browse horses for sale or adoption in the Horse & Farm Exhibits! Horses for sale and adoptable horses will also be showcased in special “sale horse spotlights” throughout the event. Finally, cheer on your favorite horses and riders in the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition and other fun competitions that will be announced soon!

Ready to plan your pilgrimage to Massachusetts? Visit equineaffaire.com to stay apprised of all the latest news (remember to select the “Massachusetts” event) and to find a list of our host hotels. Reservations should be made in advance. Make sure to mention “Equine Affaire” when you make your reservation to get a special discounted rate!

Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges its sponsors: Absorbine, Farnam, US Equestrian, GGT Footing, Horizon Structures, and Nutrena. To learn more about our event, visit our website (www.equineaffaire.com), follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @equineaffaire, or call our office at (740) 845-0085, 9:00am-5:00pm EST (M-F). We’ll see you at Equine Affaire!

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04 21

ELEVATING THE EQUESTRIAN EXPERIENCE IN OHIO

LONDON, OH, April 21, 2022 – Earlier in April, Equine Affaire made a triumphant return to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, hosting happy crowds of horse lovers and equine enthusiasts for four days of equine-themed education, entertainment, and enjoyment. This year’s event was especially momentous because it was the first time Equine Affaire had taken place in the state of Ohio since 2019. After three long years away, excited fans, presenters, exhibitors, vendors, volunteers and Equine Affaire staff welcomed the return of their favorite equine exposition and equestrian gathering with open arms.

“Our staff members have missed putting on this event the past two years. We conducted a successful in-person event in Massachusetts this past November, but it felt especially wonderful to return to the Ohio Expo Center this year since it’s so close to our London office,” said Coagi Long, president of Equine Affaire. “We also experienced a 7% increase in ticket sales compared to previous years. That was a great welcome back!”

On April 7-10, 2022, tens of thousands of eager visitors streamed through the gates of the Ohio Expo Center to attend North America’s premier equine exposition and equestrian gathering. Crowds enjoyed attending more than 150 educational sessions, clinics, and demonstrations presented by some of the nation’s most renowned horsemen and horsewomen, including Craig Cameron, Jim Thomas, J.R. Robles, Lynn Palm, and Warwick Schiller. They also experienced the joy of meeting a variety of different breeds of horses in the Breed Pavilion, including Akhal-Tekes, International Drum Horses, and more, as well as networking with dozens of equine professionals in the popular Horse & Farm Exhibits. Equine Affaire’s trade show, which is hailed as the largest horse-themed trade show in the east, filled several buildings with vendors selling everything from horse trailers to tack to horse show apparel to toys, jewelry, clothing, and more. Visitors also flocked to the Marketplace Consignment Shop all weekend long to sell and to purchase quality used goods. Special immersive activities and competitions were also a highlight each day. From shopping to networking to riding and learning, visitors of all ages were able to elevate their equestrian experience through the 2022 Equine Affaire in Ohio.

Several exciting competitions took place throughout the weekend, including the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition; the Mustang Trainers’ Incentive Program Challenge; and the International Liberty Horse Association Freestyle Invitational. The VHRC took place on Friday, April 8, with clinician Kevin Oliver as judge and clinician Lynn Palm as emcee. Twenty-five horse and rider pairs competed for $5,500 in cash and other prizes, including special product prize packages provided by Farnam for the top ten finishers. The first-place winners were Brenda Hanson and PVF Frosted Ace, who won $2,500 in cash, a Champion rosette, a Farnam product prize package, and the coveted title of Equine Affaire Versatile Horse & Rider Champion. The Mustang TIP Challenge took place in three parts on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, and featured both youth and adults who competed for $20,000 in prize money. For these competitors, the Mustang TIP Challenge was the culmination of 100 days spent gentling a feral mustang and preparing each horse to compete in a pattern class, a handling and conditioning class and a trail class.  The overall winner of the finals was Garrett Shanks and his mustang, Dreamin of Amazing Grace. Finally, the ILHA Invitational Freestyle took place on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, featuring horses and handlers who performed liberty routines. The winners of the ILHA Invitational Freestyle were Melissa Barnett and Jamaican Me Marley. For full results, photos, or other details for all three competitions, please email arehnborg@equineaffaire.com.

Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse, Fantasia, returned as a major highlight of the event, and enthusiastic crowds filled the coliseum each night for the two-hour musical variety equestrian show. Attendance on Thursday night doubled compared to 2019, while the Friday and Saturday night performances sold out completely! Sponsored by Absorbine, Fantasia featured equestrian performers of all shapes, sizes and talents, including the Mini Doves, a group of miniature horses expertly handled by a team of youths; the 2nd Cavalry Brigade Band and the 6th Ohio Mounted Buglers; the Young Guns Drill Team; liberty rider Luke Gingerich and his horse, Tinseltowns Whizard; the Drentwett family of performers in multiple acts; Jenny Vidbel O’Donnell with a 16-horse liberty act; and many more.

Equine Affaire wouldn’t be possible without the support of its sponsors, including Absorbine, sponsor of Fantasia; Farnam, sponsor of the Courtesy Shopping Bag and prizes for the 2022 Versatile Horse & Rider Competition; Rod’s Western Palace, sponsor of the Rod’s Arena; US Equestrian, sponsor of the US Equestrian Arena; and Wahl, sponsor of the Wahl demo ring.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2022 Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, which will take place November 10-13, 2022, at the Eastern States Exposition in W. Springfield, Massachusetts. Save the dates for the 2023 Equine Affaire in Ohio, which will take place April 13-16, 2023, at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio.

To learn more about Equine Affaire and how to participate, attend, sponsor, or exhibit in one of our events, visit www.equineaffaire.com. You can also call our main office at (740) 845-0085, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday, for information. Follow Equine Affaire on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @equineaffaire, and bookmark equineaffaire.com/home/podcast to catch every episode of the official Equine Affaire podcast, released monthly.

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04 12

MEET THE 2022 VHRC CHAMPIONS

CONGRATULATIONS TO BRENDA HANSON AND ACE!

Brenda and PVF Frosted Ace are the 2022 OH Versatile Horse & Rider Champions! Brenda and “Ace” are veterans of the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, having placed in the top five many times as well as winning a reserve championship. They were also the winners of the 2019 OH Versatile Horse & Rider Competition with a score of 65 points. This year, they won with a score of 68, narrowly beating our second-place finishers, Danelle Osinchuk and Slip Me a Dual Pep! Brenda and Ace have been together for eight years and enjoy ranch riding and obstacle courses. Their trust in each other was evident this year as they navigated the VHRC obstacle course with ease, scoring 5s on multiple obstacles. Brenda won $2,500 in cash, a Champion rosette, a Farnam product prize package, and the coveted title of Equine Affaire Versatile Horse & Rider Champion!

Our second place winners, Danelle Osinchuk and Magic, won $1,750.00 in cash, a Farnam product prize package, and a Reserve champion rosette. Third place went to Tammy Burgard and Whiskey, who won $1,000.00 in cash, a Farnam product prize package, and rosette. Martin Schwartz and Sterling placed fourth, winning $250.00, a Farnam product prize package, and rosette. Fifth place went to Melinda Arnitsis and Bella Beretta. Our fifth through tenth place finishers all took home Farnam product prize packages and rosettes! Congratulations to all our fantastic competitors, and special thanks to our judge, Kevin Oliver, and emcee, Lynn Palm. This year’s VHRC was supported by Farnam, who provided fantastic prize packs for our top ten finishers. Thank you, Farnam, for your support of this competition! And thank you and congratulations to all of our competitors.


Brenda and “Ace” won the 22 OH VHRC with panache and exhibited stellar horsemanship!

FULL RESULTS:

1. Brenda Hanson – Ace – 68 Points
2. Danelle Osinchuk – Slip Me A Dual Pep – 67 Points
3. Tammy Burgard – Whiskey – 61 Points
4. Martin Schwartz – Sterling – 60 Points
5. Melinda Arnitsis – Bella Beretta – 57 Points
6. Franny Galvin-Hynes – Super Nova – 56 Points
7. Lindsey Partridge – Thunderous Affair – 55 Points
8. Tammy Burgard – Badger – 50 Points
9. Kayla Schlabach – Highway Masquerade – 49 Points (tiebreaker: 9)
10. Kristen Fouty – Dun Got It Goin On – 49 Points (tiebreaker: 8)
11. Wendy Montgomery – SF Distinguished Gentleman – 45 Points
12. Raymie Shoop – Sweet Hollywood Star – 44 Points
13. Erin Vensel – King Julian – 43 Points
14. Julia Mazzarella – Nine Lives – 41 Points
15. Miranda Roesel – Shamrock – 40 Points
16. Amanda Malone – Buckshot – 32 Points
17. Rachel Dicken – Rowdy – 32 Points
18. Amanda Malone – Ironwood Turbo – 29 Points
19. Jess Schira – DL’s Guinan – no score
20. Rose Ellsworth – Batman – no score
21. Julia Mackey – Lakota – no score
22. Kiersten Woods – Georgia – no score
23. Katie Finley – Travel Gun – no score
24. Kim Nemcheck – Once in a Fantasy – no score
25. Carole Bower – Zahra – no score

The competition was held in the Coliseum at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday, April 8, 2022, from 1:00-5:00 pm EST. For more information, visit https://equineaffaire.com/events/ohio/ohio-participate/ohio-compete/ohio-versatile-horse-rider-competition/.

 

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