Equine Affaire Press Room

10 17

MEET THE RIDERS OF THE 2023 VERSATILE HORSE & RIDER COMPETITION, MA EDITION: PART ONE

W. SPRINGFIELD, MA, October 17, 2023 — Next month, Equine Affaire returns to the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts – and so does the Versatile Horse and Rider Competition! Sponsored by Chewy, this exciting competition pits approximately 25 pre-selected horses and riders against each other in the pursuit of $5,500 in cash and other prizes, as well as the coveted title of the Versatile Horse and Rider Champion.

The competition will take place on Friday, November 10, at 2 pm Eastern Time in the Coliseum at the Eastern States Exposition. Here’s how the competition works. One at a time, a horse and rider pair races the clock as they navigate over, under, and around a series of obstacles in the coliseum arena. The obstacles are designed to test the communication between horse and rider as well as each competitor’s horsemanship skills and athletic prowess. Past obstacles have included jumps, balloon arches, pushing a salt block with a polo mallet, weaving poles, opening and closing rope gates, using a lance to spear a suspended ring, and many others. Riders receive limited information on the course until the afternoon of the competition, when they perform a walk-through and receive final instructions on how to navigate the various challenges.

Greg Robinson of Valley View, Texas, will judge this year’s competition. Robinson is an 11-time world champion and multiple reserve world champion in every division of ranch versatility. The master of ceremonies will be Noah Rattner, the official Voice of Equine Affaire. The top five riders will win cash and rosettes, while the fifth through tenth place riders will receive rosettes. The first-place winner receives $2,500 in cash, a Champion rosette, and the title of “Equine Affaire Versatile Horse & Rider Champion.” The second-place rider wins $1,500 and a reserve champion rosette; third place earns $1,000 and a rosette; and fourth place wins $500 and a rosette. Who will win this year? You’ll have to attend to find out!

Equine Affaire is proud to begin introducing you to this year’s class of 2023 VHRC Competitors. In this press release, meet the first five competitors:

April Baronas

Horse: I Can’t Eeven, 8 year old Mustang mare

I Can’t Eeven or “Eevee” is an 8 year old Mustang mare from the Little Owyhee HMA. April has been working with her for over five years. Last December, Eevee became April’s first horse – presented on Christmas Eve with a big red bow, many tears, and all. Together, they’ve competed in everything from trail and obstacle work to dressage to ranch events and mounted police horse training. They have earned many top placings in local, regional, and national shows, including back-to-back trail division championships in 2021 and 2022 at the Woodstock Fair, 9th place at the 2022 MA VHRC, and 11th place in the 2023 OH VHRC.

“I appreciate how willing this little mare is to try anything and everything I ask her to,” April says. “She has completely changed how I approach riding, and my ultimate goal is just to have as much fun with her as I can. We look forward to the VHRC for not only the challenge of the course, but also the camaraderie of the competitors in the ring.”

Hilary Dorazio

Horse: One Smart Red Pine, 14 year old American Quarter Horse gelding

Hilary and “Smarty” have been a team for twelve years. Smarty is owned by Jean Lindsey. Both Hilary and Jean have competed on Smarty, and the gelding has multiple championships, reserve championships, and high point awards to his credit.

“Smarty is a very athletic and truly all-around horse,” Hilary says. “He is a joy to ride. Participating in the VHRC has always been a dream of mine, and with Smarty as my partner, I am excited to see what we can do!”


Nicholas Fair

Horse: Cisco Coyote, 9 year old American Quarter Horse gelding

Nicholas grew up riding Western in upstate New York. In high school, he drifted away from horses due to a lack of time and the expenses involved. Fast forward twenty years, and his six-year-old daughter asked if she could learn how to ride. Nicholas’ daughter began riding hunter/jumpers. One evening, Nicholas got the opportunity to swing a leg over a lesson horse and remembered how much he missed riding. Last fall, he began taking lessons at Hollis Ranch in Hollis, New Hampshire. After riding “Coyote” for eight months in many different disciplines, he purchased the gelding for his own. They began focusing more on versatility outside the arena, including working with Nicholas’ small herd of beef cattle.

“We are submitting together to compete in the VHRC as a good goal for our training together,” Nicholas said. “We want to be able to work my herd as a team. We’ve had a lot of fun getting to this point and hope to be able to compete at an even higher level come November.”

Jessica Hogan

Horse: Canoli Bandit, 19 year old Pinto/Walker gelding

Jessica is a 22 year old college student studying horse science. She hopes to earn a teaching certification so that someday, she can teach the Horse Science program for Nassau Boces. Jessica has been training horses since she was 18 years old and works with many special needs adults and children.

Jessica and “Bandit” competed in the 2022 Massachusetts VHRC. Unfortunately, they couldn’t finish the course due to a fall, so they’re eager to return and finish what they started!

“Bandit is spunky, forward, and requires a lot of attention, much like a toddler,” Jessica says. “My mom and I joke and call him our dumpster baby, because he was really thrown away. This year, we won Grand Champion in Open English Pleasure. I am so proud of our accomplishments. Bandit has taught me what it means to be a true horseman. I learned that progress takes patience and the ability to allow your horse to be himself, even if the outcome wasn’t your original intent.”

Scott Keyes

Horse: KC, 14 year old American Quarter Horse gelding

Scott has been riding for 25 years, competing in many disciplines and riding many miles of trails in the process. He purchased KC as a 3 year old and started the gelding at a Buster McLaury clinic. He has trained KC himself.

The pair have competed in team roping, cattle sorting, versatility, and ranch horse, to name just a few. They also competed in the 2018 MA VHRC.

“KC has always been a reliable mount who is up for any challenge,” Scott says of his partner. “I love versatility because it combines speed and finesse and really challenges a horse’s brain.”

Are you excited for this year’s Versatile Horse and Rider Competition yet? Plan to attend Equine Affaire on Friday, November 10, and watch the competition unfold in the coliseum. Learn more about the competitors for this exciting event by following along on our social media channels leading up to the event, and stay tuned after the event for results!

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10 03

EQUINE AFFAIRE CELEBRATES TURNING 25 WITH NEW AWARDS, FEATURES, AND MORE!

W. SPRINGFIELD, MA, October 3, 2023 — Have you heard? Equine Affaire in Massachusetts is turning 25! Created by equestrians for equestrians, our four-day horse expo has been elevating the equestrian experience in the Bay State since 1998. That means during the last twenty-five years, Equine Affaire has provided equine-themed education, entertainment, networking opportunities, and more to hundreds of thousands of horse lovers from all over the world. This November, bring the whole barn and come to W. Springfield, MA, to enjoy an extra-special edition of North America’s premier equine expo and equestrian gathering. This year’s event is brimming with all your favorite features – educational clinics, fun kids’ crafts, a fabulous trade show, exciting competitions, and more – plus a host of new additions and celebratory anniversary surprises!

Equine Affaire is happening November 9-12, 2023, at the Eastern States Expo in W. Springfield. You can buy general admission tickets in advance by visiting equineaffaire.com or by calling the Equine Affaire office at 740-845-0085, or you can purchase your tickets at the gates when you arrive (cash only). Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse, Fantasia, is also returning for three nights only on November 9-11! Fantasia is sponsored by Absorbine. Advance tickets for this special show are going quickly, so purchase yours today at equineaffaire.com before the night of your choice sells out.

So, what’s waiting for you at Equine Affaire? We’re glad you asked! In addition to everything you’ve come to know and love about Equine Affaire, we’re rolling out even more horsey fun and games:

  • It may be our anniversary, but we’re giving you the gift! In honor of our 25th anniversary, Equine Affaire will be distributing a limited supply of vouchers to the first twenty-five hundred guests to come through the gates of the Eastern States Exposition. Each voucher will be good for 25% off one item of Affaire Wear at the Equine Affaire Information Booth, located in the Better Living Center. Come early for a chance to get a voucher and then make sure to snag your souvenir of choice at the Equine Affaire Info Booth! One voucher per person, please. 
  • The Great Equestrian Fitness Challenge is a brand-new competition that’s free to enter for all Equine Affaire attendees, no horse required! Happening Saturday, November 11, at 1:00 pm in the Mallary South Arena, the GEFC will feature three fun events: a barn chores marathon, a bouncy pony race, and a horse nugget relay. To sign up, visit the announcer’s table outside the Mallary South Arena prior to the competition. Prizes will be awarded to the top ten participants in each event. Flex your hard-earned barn muscles and have a great time, or just come ready to cheer on your friends and enjoy commentary from our master of ceremonies, Ifa Simmonds!
  • Support your favorite trade show exhibitors through the inaugural Best Booth Award During the event, the Equine Affaire staff will select a class of finalists representing the “best booths” in the trade show. Then we’ll host an online contest via our Facebook to allow attendees to vote for the Best Booth at Equine Affaire! The winning booth will be declared on Saturday of the event and receive the honor of displaying a special “Best Booth” award banner at their booth for the rest of the trade show and until next year’s winner is declared. Keep an eye on the official Equine Affaire Facebook page during the event so you can vote for your favorite booth.
  • The Equine Affaire Exceptional Educator Award is used to recognize presenters and clinicians who have demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to providing top-tier education to audiences and riders at Equine Affaire. Throughout Equine Affaire history, the Exceptional Educator Award has been conferred only a handful of times. In fact, the last recipient of the Educational Educator Award was Julie Goodnight in 2008! We’re delighted to announce that we’re bestowing the Exceptional Educator Award on one hard-working and talented clinician at this year’s event. Who will it be? You’ll have to come to Equine Affaire to find out!
  • Every year, Horse Week unites the equine industry for the free equine streaming event of the year, showcasing films for horse people like documentaries, horse care and training videos, and lots more, on horseweek.tv. This year, the week-long film festival takes place November 5-11, 2023 – so naturally, Equine Affaire had to get in on the excitement! Make sure to join Equine Network at the Seminar Stage on Thursday, November 9, for a special Horse Week Viewing Party, starting at 5 pm.
  • Equestrians in Motion, sponsored by Blue Seal-Sentinel, is a fun new series of equestrian fitness workshops that debuted in Ohio this spring, and we’re delighted to bring these workshops to Massachusetts this fall! Presented by Ifa Simmonds, the owner and creator of Equestrian Fitness Academy, these in-person workshops will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday of the event in the conference room of the Young Building. It’s free to participate, but there are limited slots available. Make sure to visit https://www.ifafit.com/lib to sign up before Equine Affaire gets here.
  • The free Equine Affaire raffle isn’t new, but it’s absolutely jam-packed this year with incredible prizes from trusted companies like Dubarry of Ireland – USA, Back On Track, October Design Equestrian Décor, Blue Seal-Sentinel, US Equestrian, and Equine Affaire. It’s free and easy to enter, and you need not be present to win. Make sure to enter online before November 13, 2023, for your chance to win big! Here’s where to enter: https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-other-features/mass-free-raffle/.

The countdown to Equine Affaire in Massachusetts has begun! For everything you need to know to attend, visit www.equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts. Tickets for Equine Affaire and Fantasia are available online or by calling our office at 740-845-0085 to order over the phone. Looking for somewhere to stay? Discounted rates are available at our host hotels through early October, and camping options are available at the Eastern States Expo. Want to learn more about how to participate? You can bring horses for sale, exhibit in the trade show, consign gently-used horsey gear in the Marketplace Consignment Shop, apply to distribute advertising materials on our distribution tables, participate in the Breed Pavilion or Horse & Farm Exhibits, and lots more. Visit our website or call our office for more details.

Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges its generous sponsors: Absorbine, US Equestrian, GGT Footing, Horizon Structures, Fair Hill Saddlery, Tribute Equine Nutrition, LRP Matting, Chewy, Triple Crown Nutrition, and Blue Seal-Sentinel. To learn more about our event, visit our website (www.equineaffaire.com) and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter/X @equineaffaire. We’ll see you at Equine Affaire!

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09 12

UNLOCK YOUR BEST RIDE

W. SPRINGFIELD, MA, September 12, 2023 — Have you heard the news yet? If you’re looking for a leg up on your riding, training, or horsemanship skills, Equine Affaire is the horse expo for you! North America’s premier equine expo and equestrian gathering is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its event in Massachusetts this November. In the process, we’re presenting a superb lineup of equestrian educators, including World Champions, National Champions, Olympians, popular equestrian TV personalities, professional equine performers, authors, judges, veterinarians, professors, and many more. Plan your pilgrimage to W. Springfield, MA, for four incredible days of learning and inspiration at Equine Affaire, November 9-12, 2023. No matter what your skill level is, come as you are – and once the show ends, you’ll go back to your barn feeling refreshed, inspired, and ready to ride.

This fall, Equine Affaire is proud to present Mike Major, Julie Goodnight, Jason Irwin, Brandi Lyons, and Chelsea Canedy, as well as an elite coterie of equestrian educators that include Phillip Dutton (eventing), Steffen Peters (dressage), Andrew Welles (hunter/jumper), Greg Robinson (ranch horse versatility), Jeanne McDonald (dressage), Mark Bolender (mountain trail), Stacey Giere (driving), Bronwyn Irwin (pole bending), Lynn Newton (Western dressage), Carl Bledsoe (easy gaited horses), Sam & Kellie Rettinger (Draft Horses), Jim Masterson (equine bodywork), Marty Whittle (Equi Yoga), Copper Hill Vaulting Team (vaulting), and dozens more. For a full list of presenters and topics, plus the latest event schedule, visit https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/educational-program/mass-presenters/.

Ready to learn more about this event’s headliners?

Mike Major hails from Bowie, TX, where he owns and operates Mike Major Horsemanship. Mr. Major has spent his lifetime starting, training, and showing horses in multiple Western disciplines, including ranch horse versatility, ranch riding, roping, cutting, cowhorse, and reining. He has won countless awards through American Quarter Horse Association and Stock Horse of Texas events, including three AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse Open World Championships, five AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse Open Reserve World Championships, five SHOT Open World Championships, two World’s Greatest Versatility Ranch Horse Championships, and many more. He has also received his AQHA 50 Year Breeder Certificate. Mr. Major specializes in enhancing the clarity of communication between the horse and rider through body control and softness in order to succeed in all disciplines and at all levels. In addition to his accomplishments in the show pen, Mr. Major is an avid supporter of the industry, serving as a Special Advisor to the Mustang Heritage Foundation and as a member of the AQHA Ranch Horse Committee.

Growing up in the 1960s on a small horse farm in central Florida, Julie Goodnight developed a connection with horses from a young age. Now an internationally renowned trainer and clinician, Ms. Goodnight is a rarity in that she has ridden and trained extensively in multiple disciplines, both English and Western, working with many breeds. Her focus is on classical horsemanship and developing the horse and rider’s relationship. Ms. Goodnight started her horse training business in 1985. Her methods are grounded in natural horsemanship, classical riding, and understanding what motivates horses. She teaches at clinics, expos and special events everywhere, and produces an award-winning podcast, “Ride On with Julie Goodnight.” Ms. Goodnight travels both domestically and internationally to lead riding adventures and teach horsemanship. She was named Exceptional Equestrian Educator by Equine Affaire, and is Spokesperson for the Certified Horsemanship Association, an organization focused on promoting safety and excellence in horsemanship. She holds their highest level of certification, Master Clinic Instructor.

Jason Irwin is a lifelong equestrian and horse trainer from Ontario, Canada. He and his wife, Bronwyn, operate Jason and Bronwyn Irwin Horsemanship. Together, they teach horse training clinics, put on training demonstrations, and present at horse events throughout North America. Mr. Irwin began his training career focusing on colt starting and fixing problem horses and later added advanced training and liberty work. Mr. Irwin works with both western and English riders of all skill levels. Jason and Bronwyn host the TV show “The Horse Trainers” on The Cowboy Channel Canada and RFD-TV Canada. They have created several video training series and regularly post training information on their social media accounts.

To say that Brandi Lyons has completed the John Lyons certification program would be an understatement. Ms. Lyons grew up under the daily tutelage of her father on the family’s cattle ranch in Colorado and accompanied him on many of his cross-country trips to symposia and expos. She now continues the Lyons legacy teaching a new generation of riders and trainers the natural horsemanship training methods she acquired and continued to develop. For the past 18 years, she has been growing and developing her own business in the equine industry and spent many years traveling coast to coast to teach clinics. In 2008, Ms. Lyons took a hiatus from her cross-country travels to raise her daughters. However, it was not long before she started to train horses again and started her own business, No Limits Horsemanship, at her ranch in Rio Verde, AZ. Since then, Ms. Lyons has worked with many riders and horses through clinics, lessons, and a certification program for other trainers hosted at her ranch. She has also resumed her nationwide clinic travels, where she educates horses and riders on horsemanship; ranch sorting; conquering trails and obstacles; performance; and trick training.

As an upper-level event rider with a vast knowledge of horse behavior and natural horsemanship, Chelsea Canedy is able to identify and develop the potential in a horse with empathy, patience, and understanding. Her philosophy with every ride is “reward the try and celebrate even 1% better.” Meditation and mental performance have been pillars of Chelsea’s career with horses and previously, as a social worker. This allows her to connect with riders who struggle with nerves, fear, staying present, or those who are just looking to reconnect with their goals. Ms. Canedy is currently based at Unexpected Farm in Wales, ME, where she is helping connect riders in Area 1 to the bustling world of upper level eventing through her network of fellow professional riders and clinic opportunities. She winters in Ocala, FL.

Equine Affaire will celebrate its 25th event in Massachusetts, November 9-12, 2023, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Make plans today to attend and enjoy a celebratory four-day weekend of educational opportunities, shopping, exciting competitions, fun activities, and much more, all centered around the love of the horse. Spend a day – or four days! – enjoying all that this spectacular expo has to offer, then plan to spend at least one evening attending Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse. Sponsored by Absorbine, Fantasia is a two-hour nighttime spectacular that will take place for three nights only in the Eastern States Exposition’s coliseum on November 9, 10, and 11. Separate tickets are required for Fantasia. Tickets for both events are on sale now at equineaffaire.com.

Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges its sponsors: Absorbine, US Equestrian, GGT Footing, Horizon Structures, Fair Hill Saddlery, Tribute Equine Nutrition, LRP Matting, Chewy, Triple Crown Nutrition, and Blue Seal. To learn more about our event, visit our website (www.equineaffaire.com) and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter/X @equineaffaire. We’ll see you at Equine Affaire!

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08 30

BOOST YOUR BRAND

W. SPRINGFIELD, MA, August 29, 2023 — Whether you own horses and want to show them off, or you love horses and want to admire herds of them in person, Equine Affaire is the horse expo for you! The Breed Pavilion provides visitors with a colorful and interactive introduction to the world of horses, while the Horse & Farm Exhibits offer avenues of connection between attendees and horse owners, horse farm owners, equine service providers, and more. Whatever side of the fence you’d like to be on, we invite you to come to the Eastern States Exposition in W. Springfield, Massachusetts, on November 9-12, and enjoy all that our event has to offer.

Since 1994, Equine Affaire has proudly served as the pinnacle event of equine-related education, entertainment, and enrichment, bringing joy and knowledge to tens of thousands of equestrians every year through its two events in Columbus, OH, and W. Springfield, MA. This fall, North America’s premier equine expo and equestrian gathering celebrates its 25th anniversary in Massachusetts with four days of educational clinics, sessions, and demonstrations; two exciting competitions; interactive exhibits and activities; an expansive trade show; kids’ crafts and activities; special giveaways; an exclusive viewing party of the Equine Network’s Horse Week; a fabulous nighttime musical and theatrical show, and so much more. Tickets for Equine Affaire and Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse, are on sale now at equineaffaire.com.

If you own horses, operate a farm or stable, provide an equine-related service, offer a stallion at stud, or have horses available for sale or adoption, you’re invited to participate in the Breed Pavilion, the Horse & Farm Exhibits, the For Sale Stalls, or the Adoption Affaire! These exhibits are the perfect way to put yourself and your horses, brand, farm, or business in front of tens of thousands of interested and enthusiastic horse people. Fill your stalls with the friendliest and most beautiful horses you own, then use your stall fronts as a space to promote your barn, farm, stallion, breed, or business, share brochures and other materials about your services, put up photo displays, and more! Here’s how:

Promote your farm, stallion, or equine services with a Horse & Farm Exhibit Stall in C-Barn. Stalls are 12’ by 9’. Regular in-line stalls are $160 each; end stalls on the outer aisles of the barn are $185, and end stalls on the main center aisle of the barn are $210 each. Each exhibitor is required to purchase or share a tack stall in addition to a horse stall, and tack stalls are $120 each. Rental of an exhibit stall in the Horse & Farm Exhibits area includes:

  • One four-day adult ticket to Equine Affaire per stall (a $55 value)
  • A one-line listing of stall number, farm name, breed of horse, and phone number or web site address in the event program, distributed for free to our attendees
  • A listing of the farm or horse owner name, breed of horse, and phone number or web site address on equineaffaire.com prior to and during the event

Although Equine Affaire is a four-day event, Horse & Farm exhibitors must commit to exhibiting for at least three days (and specify in advance whether they plan to exhibit Thurs-Saturday or Friday-Sunday). Shavings, straw, and hay will be available for purchase on site. Learn more by visiting https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-breed-exhibits/mass-horse-farm-exhibits/. You can also reach out to Jessica Anderson (janderson@equineaffaire.com) today to arrange for rental of your Horse & Farm Exhibit stall, and ask her how you (or your breed association or group) can also participate in the Breed Pavilion. Or visit https://equineaffaire.com/mass-breed-pavilion/ for details!

Do you have a horse for sale? Sign up to participate with a For Sale stall! For Sale Stalls are in-line stalls located within the Horse & Farm Exhibits. Rental of a For Sale stall is only $160 per stall and includes:

  • One four-day adult ticket to Equine Affaire per stall (a $55 value)
  • A descriptive For Sale sign to post on your stall
  • A free listing pre-event on equineaffaire.com that will provide the horse’s breed, age, gender, name, discipline, price, and stall location
  • A one-line listing of stall number, horse owner’s name, breed of horse, and phone number or web site address in the event program, distributed for free to adult attendees
  • The opportunity to give interested adult customers the chance to test ride horses in a schooling arena at the event

Horse owners who rent For Sale stalls must commit to exhibiting for at least two days and specify in advance their date of arrival. Horse owners who rent For Sale stalls may also rent a tack stall next to their sale stall for an additional $120 to store bedding, tack, feed, and other equipment at the show. Visit https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-exhibit/mass-breed-exhibits/mass-for-sale-stalls/ for more information, or contact Jessica Anderson (janderson@equineaffaire.com).

Do you operate a horse rescue, shelter, or sanctuary that connects horses in need with adopters? Participate in the Right Horse Adoption Affaire in Massachusetts! Equine Affaire is proud to partner with the ASPCA’s Right Horse Initiative to improve the lives of horses in transition and connect adopters with their Right Horse. Offer your horses for adoption at the Adoption Affaire by renting a 12’ by 9’ Adoption Affaire stall for $160. An Adoption Affaire stall includes:

  • One four-day pass to the event (a $55 value)
  • An Adoption Affaire sign to post on the stall
  • A free listing pre-event on equineaffaire.com that will provide the horse’s breed, age, gender, name, discipline, price, photo, and stall location
  • The opportunity to give interested adult customers the chance to test ride horses in a schooling arena at the event

Tack stalls are also available for $120. Please plan on occupying your Adoption Affaire stall for at least two days of the event. More information is available at https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-exhibit/mass-adoption-affaire-2/!

The Sale and Adoption Horse Showcase is another incredible opportunity to put your horse’s best hooves forward – literally! – at Equine Affaire. The Showcase will take place on Saturday, November 11, at 3:30 pm in the US Equestrian Arena at Equine Affaire, and includes the chance to lead your horse through the arena in front of thousands of interested potential buyers or adopters while the announcer shares relevant information about your sale prospect. Contact Jessica Anderson (janderson@equineaffaire.com) to schedule your horse’s spot in the Showcase.

Equine Affaire is proud to celebrate its 25th event in Massachusetts, happening November 9-12, 2023, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Tickets for Equine Affaire and for Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse, are on sale now at equineaffaire.com. Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges its sponsors: Absorbine, US Equestrian, GGT Footing, Horizon Structures, Fair Hill Saddlery, Tribute Equine Nutrition, LRP Matting, Chewy, and Triple Crown Nutrition. To learn more about our event, visit our website (www.equineaffaire.com), follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter/X @equineaffaire. We’ll see you at Equine Affaire!

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08 24

ADD A LITTLE SPARKLE TO YOUR LIFE WITH FANTASIA

W. SPRINGFIELD, MA, August 24, 2023 — Looking for a way to kick off your 2023 holiday season with a little extra sparkle and shine? We recommend attending Fantasia! Sponsored by Absorbine, Fantasia is Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse. This two-hour spectacular is filled to the brim with awe-inspiring performances by gorgeous horses and talented equestrians, all set to music. If you’re a horse lover, there’s no better way to lift your spirits or plant a little extra joy in your heart than by spending a magical night at Fantasia.

This November, Equine Affaire proudly celebrates the 25th anniversary of its event in Massachusetts. Featuring clinics, educational exhibits, an extensive trade show, and lots more, this four-day horse expo will take place November 9-12, 2023, at the Eastern States Exposition in W. Springfield, MA. And just like no great ride is complete without a pat of thanks to your equine partner, no trip to Equine Affaire is complete without attending Fantasia! Catch one (or more) of just three special performances on November 9th, 10th, or 11th in the coliseum at the Eastern States Exposition.

As the perfect complement to Equine Affaire, Fantasia showcases all that’s beautiful, graceful, and athletic about the horse. Every performance is also a testament to the special relationship and sense of trust that exists between every equestrian and his or her horse. If you love horses, then Fantasia is the show for you.

This year, you’re invited to enjoy performances from some of the country’s top equine and equestrian entertainers. Composed of two 12-year-old equestrian performers, the Pegasus Riders thrilled our audiences in Ohio with their daredevil trick riding antics and we’re delighted to share they’ll be coming to Massachusetts to spread their magic in November. Thanks to Melissa Barnett’s Lion King-inspired routine, you’ll feel the love each night as she guides her horses through an enthralling liberty routine. Draft horse fans will adore watching Scott Seymour drive the Morrisville College Belgian hitch alongside Sam and Kellie Rettinger’s gorgeous Whispery Pines Percherons. Outfitted with their signature flair, the Young Guns Drill Team promises to bring all the speedy thrills with a perfectly synchronized drill performance. Power couple Brendan and Melanie Wise will bring their horses as well as their own particular brand of bridleless magic and put on two incredible acts. Fans of feather will cherish watching the graceful Friesians and skilled Amish riders of the Friesian Heritage Drill Team perform to a medley of inspiring anthems. And finally, if comedy is what you’re looking for, you’ll laugh – and gasp in delighted awe – at the antics of Bobby Kerr and his American mustangs. Whether you love liberty, bridleless riding, trick riding, drill teams, or driving, there’s an act for you!

Seats sell out quickly for Fantasia, so make sure to purchase your tickets early. Depending on seating, ticket prices range from $16 to $27. Tickets for Fantasia are on sale now at https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/mass-attend/mass-tickets/, so get yours today. Special seating for those who have disabilities is available; please call our office at (740) 845-0085 for special accommodation. All tickets for Equine Affaire and Fantasia are digital and delivered immediately to your email inbox after purchase – just save them to your phone or mobile device, or print them at home, and get ready to enjoy an incredible show come November. Each show begins at 7:30 pm, and the doors open for seating at 6:45 pm. Don’t forget to save your program and stay after the show for autographs from your favorite performers.

Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges the support of Absorbine, sponsor of Fantasia. Learn more about Absorbine by visiting www.absorbine.com. To learn more about Equine Affaire and to purchase tickets, visit our website (www.equineaffaire.com), follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter/X @equineaffaire. We’ll see you at Equine Affaire!

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