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08 23

Learn from the Best at Equine Affaire: Improve your skills in the saddle with clinics, demos and more

LONDON, OH, August 23, 2019 – Whether you want to learn more about your own discipline or explore new ways to enjoy riding your horse, there’s a clinic for you at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts! On November 7-10, 2019, the industry’s premier equine professionals will gather at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, to present more than 150 individual sessions on all aspects of horsemanship. This year, Chris Cox, Dan James, Julie Goodnight, Steve Lantvit and Jason Irwin lead a star-studded lineup of more than two dozen clinicians presenting on general horsemanship, hunter under saddle, dressage, ranch riding, reining, barrel racing, driving, and more.

General admission to Equine Affaire includes entry to all clinics, sessions and demonstrations (plus the trade show, theme pavilions, and the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition!), so purchase your tickets online today at equineaffaire.com. 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. Between clinics, visit the trade show and look for your favorite clinicians’ booths for meet-and-greet opportunities. You never know who you might meet face-to-face on the grounds of Equine Affaire!

Chris Cox is an accomplished horseman and teacher who has conducted clinics and demonstrations for more than two decades. Raised on a cattle ranch in the wilds of Australia, Cox learned at an early age how to appreciate the abilities and traditions of the great men and horses around him. His training techniques have been influenced by both English and Western traditions and they can be applied universally across disciplines. From his Diamond Double C Ranch near Mineral Wells, TX, Cox is a successful trainer, breeder, and competitor in the cutting horse world who also competes in reined cow horse and team roping events. Cox provides horse enthusiasts with straightforward, authentic and practical ways to improve their relationships with their horses. At Equine Affaire, Chris Cox will present sessions on finding softness in your hands, feet and seat; addressing common riding and training problems; building rider confidence, and more.

Learn liberty, lead changes and more from outstanding horseman and trainer Dan James, who has been training horses since he was a teenager growing up on a cattle ranch near Queensland, Australia. James traveled to Japan and then the United States to gain knowledge and experience training horses before returning to Australia to manage a vast cattle operation. James’ aptitude for trick riding and entertaining first emerged at this ranch where he periodically performed for guests. In 2008, he left the outback to find his audience and began performing at El Caballo Spanish Horse Centre. There, he met his performance partner, Dan Steers, and together, they’ve developed and promoted “Double Dan Horsemanship.” James’ competitive accomplishments include being the 2012 Road to the Horse World Champion, the 2014 Freestyle Reining Champion at the Kentucky Reining Cup, a Mustang Million Finalist, and others. Dan James’ philosophy is to push the limits of horsemanship and entertainment while providing knowledge and understanding of horses. Dan James will present multiple sessions on liberty horsemanship as well as provide insights into developing better lead changes at Equine Affaire.

Beloved equine industry icon Julie Goodnight established a connection with horses at a young age, and after a successful run as a youth rider on jumping horses, she galloped her way through college riding racehorses. For nearly four decades, she has been at home in the Colorado Rockies, pursuing wilderness sports and riding cow horses. After founding her training business in 1985, Goodnight’s reputation as a horse trainer grew far and wide. In 2008, she began producing “Horse Master with Julie Goodnight”, a popular how-to horse training series that has aired weekly on RFD-TV for more than a decade, with 260 episodes. She now educates horse owners everywhere through her online training programs at JulieGoodnight.com. This year’s Equine Affaire will feature sessions by Julie Goodnight on regulating your horse’s speed; bridleless riding; and finding balance, rhythm and a soft hands in your riding.

Steve Lantvit is a multiple World Champion and Reserve title winner in ranch horse competition who believes in training versatile, well-rounded, and capable horses and riders through confidence, mutual respect and solid communication. As an award-winning clinician and trainer, Lantvit builds confidence in horses and riders through cross-training and exposure to a variety of situations, improving their performance and attitude whether on the trail or in the show ring. Mr. Lantvit has used his decades of experience in the horse industry to create his own line of training aids for the everyday horse person, including training DVDs, tack and other equipment. He travels the country teaching clinics in addition to training horses, teaching lessons and hosting clinics at his ranch in LaPorte, IN. At Equine Affaire, Lantvit will conduct sessions on achieving collection in the bridle; the correct spin; the foundations of neck reining, and more.

Lifelong equestrian Jason Irwin grew up on his family’s farm in Southampton, Ontario, breeding, training and selling Quarter Horses. Those experiences provided Irwin with his first taste of horse training through colt starting and fixing problem horses. He has since moved on to include advanced and liberty training in his repertoire. Irwin runs his training business, Jason and Bronwyn Irwin Horsemanship, with his wife. He currently conducts 25-30 clinics a year in Ontario and Eastern Canada and is working to expand his range to Western Canada and the United States. Irwin works with both Western and English riders of all skill levels and with various problem areas. Attend Jason Irwin’s sessions at Equine Affaire to learn more about colt starting; exercises to soften and supple your horse; and horse training tips for young trainers.

In addition to general horsemanship sessions, a plethora of discipline-specific sessions will be provided by other top experts in the industry, including:

  • Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, Dressage
  • Sinead Halpin, Eventing
  • Candice King, Hunter/Jumper
  • Dan James, Reining
  • Liz Austin, Dressage
  • Jane Melby, Barrel Racing
  • Dana Bright, Driving
  • Kristin Whittaker, Western Dressage
  • Rick Christy, Hunter under Saddle
  • Gary Lane, Easy Gaited
  • Steve Lantvit, Ranch Horse
  • Kelly Hulse, Saddleseat
  • Heidi Potter, Trail Obstacles, Centered Riding™
  • Simon Cocozza, Core Strengthening and Yoga for Horses
  • Jim Masterson, Masterson Method in Motion

For the full list of clinicians, event schedule details and additional event information about Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, visit equineaffaire.com today or call the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm ET. Purchase your general admission tickets for Equine Affaire in Massachusetts online at equineaffaire.com and take advantage of new digital delivery options! Print your tickets at home or present them on your mobile device to be scanned upon arrival for hassle-free admission.

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08 08

Sell, Showcase and Share at Equine Affaire: Reserve your sale and exhibit stalls today!

LONDON, OH, August 8, 2019 – At Equine Affaire, you never know what you might find to bring home with you, from souvenirs to tack to a horse of your very own. In addition to offering the east coast’s largest horse-related trade show, Equine Affaire provides stalls and exhibits to showcase equine businesses and facilities, adoptable horses and horses for sale. On November 7-10, 2019, bring your own sale horses or come prepared to shop for your dream horse during Equine Affaire at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

With tens of thousands of horse people in attendance, there’s no better place or opportunity to sell your horse than Equine Affaire. For $150, rent your own 10 x 10 inline stall in C-Barn to exhibit your sale horse. Each sale stall rental includes a “for sale” sign to post on the stall, a free listing on equineaffaire.com before the event, and two 4-day adult tickets ($100 value!). Tack stalls are also available for $100 each. Prospective sellers must commit to exhibiting at least two days of the event, but if your horse is sold early, another horse may be substituted. Potential buyers, aged 19 and over, may test ride at the event with the proper releases.

If you don’t have a horse for sale, showcase your breeding farm, horseback riding facility or other equine business with a Horse & Farm stall. Horse & Farm stalls cost $150 for one 10 x 10 in line stall in C-barn, $175 for an end stall on the outer aisle of the barn or $200 for an end stall on the main center aisle of the barn. Horse & Farm exhibitors should commit to exhibiting for at least three days. Each Horse & Farm stall rental includes a one-line listing of the stall number, farm name, horse breed and phone number (or website) before the event on equineaffaire.com and at the event in the official event program. To secure your listings, the Equine Affaire office must receive all applications and payment by 9/13. Stall rentals also include two 4-day adult tickets, and tack stalls are available for $100 each. If you’re interested in representing your breed at Equine Affaire, ask the Equine Affaire office how you can get involved with the Breed Pavilion!

The Horse & Farm exhibits at Equine Affaire are also home to the Adoption Affaire, a new event this year featuring adoptable horses. Rescues, bring your healthy, trained adoptable horses of any age, breed and background to Equine Affaire, and help them find their forever homes. Adopters may apply to adopt on the spot.

For stall rentals, questions and other inquiries, contact Karin Brennan by phone at (740) 845-0085 ext. 112 or email kbrennan@equineaffaire.com. Find additional event details, schedules and a whole lot more online at equineaffaire.com.

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07 31

Equine Affaire Podcast #1

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered up with local radio station WDLR to bring you a series of podcasts about Equine Affaire!

In this first episode, hosts Michelle Gatchell and Allison Rehnborg talk to horsewoman Brenda Hanson about the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition. Brenda is a VHRC champion, and explains what it’s like to compete with her horse Ace. You won’t want to miss this year’s VHRC in Massachusetts on Friday, November 8 at Equine Affaire!

For information on how to apply to compete at this year’s competition, please click here. Not quite up for the challenge, and want to bring your horse to Ride With A Pro at Equine Affaire? Click here for more information and application materials. Just want to watch the excitement? Entry to watch the competition is included with your general admission ticket (which can be purchased here)!

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07 26

Enchantment Awaits at Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s Musical Celebration of the Horse

LONDON, OH, July 26, 2019 – This November, attend the only live performance on earth with the power to remind you of all the reasons you fell in love with horses: Fantasia! Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse thrills equine enthusiasts of all ages with unique performances designed to showcase the beauty, majesty and grace of horses and riders from all over the world. Reserve your seat at one of three evening performances of Fantasia, happening November 7th, 8th, and 9th during Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, by purchasing advance tickets online at equineaffaire.com.

No two Fantasia performances are ever alike, but every show offers the opportunity to experience horses like you’ve never seen them before. This year, you’ll enjoy a glimpse of pure magic as tenth-generation circus aerialist Ambra Andrine performs with a team of horses at liberty. Thrill to the fast-paced synchrony of mounted drill teams, delight in Dan James’ amazing reining freestyle routine and be inspired by Caleb Carinci’s vaulting abilities. Lisa Dufresne’s liberty routine with her team of miniature horses, Austin Anderson’s Wild West performance, and a variety of other acts round out an amazing lineup of stellar performances. This is a Fantasia you won’t want to miss!

Sponsored by Absorbine®, Fantasia is the perfect culmination of a day spent taking in the sights of Equine Affaire. Performances start at 7:30pm, November 7-9, in the Coliseum at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Advance tickets for Fantasia, priced from $14-25, are now available.  Purchase general admission tickets to Equine Affaire and separate tickets for Fantasia at equineaffaire.com. With new digital ticket delivery, print your tickets at home or present them on your mobile device to be scanned for easy, hassle-free entry to both events. You can also purchase tickets by calling the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085, any time between 9am and 5pm EST, Monday through Friday.

Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges Absorbine® as the official sponsor of Fantasia. Founded in 1892, Absorbine provides an extensive portfolio of horse care products, ranging from grooming to hoof care to nutritional supplements. Visit the Absorbine® booth in the trade show during your visit to Equine Affaire in Massachusetts to learn more.

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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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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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