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An Equine Affaire to Remember: A Culmination of 25 Years of Excellence in All Things Equestrian

LONDON, OH, December 14, 2018 – For twenty-five years, Equine Affaire has provided equestrians with the ultimate destination for education, entertainment, shopping, and more, and this year’s event in Massachusetts followed suit. Featuring two hundred educational sessions and seminars, the country’s largest horse-themed trade show, and of course, horses as far as the eye can see, Equine Affaire is a delight for horse lovers of all ages. The 2018 Equine Affaire in Massachusetts took place on November 8-11 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Excited visitors from all across the country surged through the gates each morning, united by their love of the horse.

The thing I like most about Equine Affaire is the energy,” said Muffy Seaton, competitive driving coach and featured Equine Affaire clinician. “Everyone really wants to be here, and they all want to learn. You walk in the building and it just hits you in the face. The energy is tangible.”Every year, Equine Affaire focuses on bringing the world’s best professional horsemen and horsewomen together to share knowledge and expertise. With a full schedule each day and multiple arenas in use, attendees flocked to the clinics in droves and often left standing room only. This year, prominent horsemanship trainers Clinton Anderson, Mark Rashid, Brandi Lyons, Warwick Schiller, and Tik Maynard shared training tips and techniques while solving real-life problems with horse owners and their mounts. Dozens of other experts shared their insights and perspectives on how to excel in specific disciplines, ranging from eventing to dressage to driving and beyond, as well as horse care and management, nutrition, business practices, etc.

“Education is one of the key components of this event,” said Coagi Long, president of Equine Affaire. “We love to bring a variety of prominent horse trainers, speakers, and specialists to Massachusetts so everyone can benefit from their expertise. It’s one of the many reasons Equine Affaire is the place to be if you love horses or work in the horse industry.”

In addition to educating and energizing horse owners, Equine Affaire inspires people with new experiences – including meeting unusual breeds of horses. In the Breed Pavilion and the barns, visitors interacted with dozens of unique breeds, including Friesians, Gypsy Vanners, Fjords, and Belgians. Representatives from various breed associations fielded questions and told stories, making the breed exhibits a popular destination for families and especially children.

“Coming to Equine Affaire is very good because people get to learn more about horses,” said Dani Amante, a young visitor from Long Island. “They see different horses’ anatomy, they get to see how differently the horses are built and it helps people when they can feel the different textures of their coats and see their height differences.”

In addition to the educational exhibits, Equine Affaire presents the country’s largest horse-related trade show. With more than 450 vendors in five buildings, attendees enjoyed shopping, sampling products, and interacting with vendors. Sponsors such as Absorbine, Farnam, Nutrena, and more stocked their booths with informational pamphlets and products, and each booth also featured friendly and knowledgeable staff. Many of the clinicians held court at their own booths, answering questions from attendees in between clinics. According to Amy Cairy, the director of marketing for W.P. Young, parent company of Absorbine, the opportunity to build relationships with consumers is one of the highlights of Equine Affaire.

“We’ve loved watching Equine Affaire grow over the years, adding new programs, vendors, and exhibitions,” Amy said. “It’s been great to watch that growth and be part of it. We have really great conversations with thousands of people over the four days. It’s an incredibly energizing way to get really good feedback from our consumers and to really connect with the equine world.”

Absorbine is also the proud sponsor of the Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s beloved musical celebration of the horse. While no Fantasia is the same, every performance showcases the elegance, diversity, beauty, and magic of the horse. This year’s Fantasia featured a variety of acts, including Scott Seymour’s driving team of six Belgians; Christine Drentwett’s beautiful Andalusian, Cocados, in garocha; Loop Rawlins’ One Man Wild West Show; and Luke Gingerich’s fabulous American Quarter Horse, CJ Rio Zan Bar Gun, at liberty and under saddle, among others. The International Jousting Association hosted a jousting demonstration between Scott Venable and Eliza Eldredge, while Nikki Fourtzialas presided. Finally, Christine Drentwett’s own daughter, Shawn Drentwett, and her Friesian, Ricco, closed the show with a magical act complete with lighted costumes.

“Fantasia is an opportunity for everyone who enjoys horses to come together,” Amy said. “It bridges across all ages, all experiences, and really pulls everyone together to celebrate the horse. It’s so fun to watch the kids’ mouths drop open when they see those beautiful horses and costumes under the spotlights.”

The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, sponsored by Nutrena, also took place during Equine Affaire on November 9. As one of the most popular events of the exposition, horse-and-rider teams race through a timed obstacle course designed to test the horse’s athletic prowess, the rider’s horsemanship skills, and the communication between horse and rider. More than 20 pre-selected horse-and-rider teams competed for $5500 in cash plus other prizes, but only one horse and rider earned the title of Versatile Horse and Rider Champion: Jason Charles and Ms. Whiz It. The winning pair scored 69 points and finished the course in 5 minutes and 6 seconds. Lindsey Partridge and Trivia Time earned second place with a score of 61 points, while Luke Reinbold and Lonetree Set Free took third with a score of 60.

Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges the contributions and support of all its sponsors, including Absorbine, sponsor of Fantasia; Cosequin, sponsor of the Equine Fundamentals Forum; Farnam, sponsor of the courtesy shopping bag; Horizon Structures, the official barn of Equine Affaire; Wahl, the official clipper of Equine Affaire; Nutrena, sponsor of the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition; and U.S. Equestrian, as well as dozens of other organizations.

On the heels of such a successful Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, start planning today to visit Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio on April 11-14, 2019. You can visit equineaffaire.com for more information, including updates for the next Equine Affaire in Massachusetts. Featured clinician and horsemanship trainer Brandi Lyons rec  ommends that everyone make the effort to attend Equine Affaire.

“I don’t care if you’re in California, come to Ohio or Massachusetts. Get on a plane and get here,” Brandi advised. “You will be inspired. You will be educated. You’re going to get excited. Far and away, Equine Affaire is the best-run, biggest show in the country. It’s incredibly well done and it’s the show to be at.”

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Jason Charles Claims Versatile Horse & Rider “Champion” Title at 2018 Massachusetts Equine Affaire

The results are in! The title of “Champion” at this year’s Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, sponsored by Nutrena, was awarded to Jason Charles and Ms. Whiz It yesterday in the coliseum. The pair scored 69 points and finished the course in 5 minutes and 6 seconds.

It was a tight race for the top five, and second place went to Lindsey Partridge and Trivia Time with a score of 61 points. In third place was Luke Reinbold riding Lonetree Set Free with a score of 60. Scoring 59 points to finish fourth was Brenda Hanson and PVF Frosted Ace. Rounding out the top five in fifth place was Paige Garcia atop KC with 58 points.

Full results for the competition are listed below:

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08 29

Learn from the Best: Equine Affaire Presents Top Clinicians in the Industry

London, OH, August 29, 2018 – Elevate your equestrian experience to extraordinary new heights by attending Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, November 8-11. Renowned for its focus on equine education, Equine Affaire returns with a sparkling lineup of the world’s best horse trainers, clinicians, and instructors. Make plans today to travel to the Eastern States Exposition in W. Springfield, MA, for the opportunity to learn firsthand from such esteemed clinicians as Clinton Anderson, Mark Rashid, Brandi Lyons, Tik Maynard, Warwick Schiller, and more.

With more than 200 educational sessions on the schedule, ranging from general horsemanship to discipline-specific instruction, there’s a clinic or demonstration for everyone at Equine Affaire. For centuries, the art of horsemanship has passed from teacher to student through hands-on training and instruction in lessons, clinics, and classes. Equestrians of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in this time-honored tradition by attending North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering. Attendance for all clinics is included in the price of general admission to Equine Affaire – just $16/day for adults or $50 for a four-day pass, while tickets for children (7-10) are $8/day and children six-and-under attend for free. Visit equineaffaire.com to purchase tickets (select the Massachusetts event and click “Purchase Tickets”).

Clinton Anderson is known worldwide for his humane horse training methods. Born and raised in Australia, Clinton launched his career in the horse industry when he began riding at six years of age. As a teenager, he worked as a full-time apprentice for a trainer in Queensland, Australia, and soon began developing his own methods in humane horse training. By 1998, Clinton began offering Downunder Horsemanshipclinics. Today, he shares his special methods for training horses with audiences all over the world through in-person clinics, video lessons, and more. At Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, Clinton will share tips and techniques in humane horse training while helping riders and their mounts tackle real-world issues in and out of the saddle.

No matter what discipline you ride or breed of horse you prefer, learning to communicate with your horse is the key to achieving better horsemanship. Internationally-acclaimed horse trainer Mark Rashid works to understand the horse’s point of view and solve difficult horse behavior problems with communication rather than force. Mark began working with horses at the age of 10 and later honed his skills gathering herds, managing livestock, and training horses. In addition to his horsemanship skills, Mark earned his 3rd degree black belt in aikido. He continues to use and teach the principles of aikido and softness in his clinics. Mark shows students how to stay centered and to look for quiet, effective ways to blend with a horse’s energy. During his clinics at Equine Affaire, Mark will share his principles and methods for helping riders achieve better communication with their horses.

Brandi Lyons grew up under the tutelage of her father, famed horse trainer John Lyons. In addition to learning how to ride from John, Brandi traveled with him to symposia and expos for much of her life. Today, she continues the Lyons legacy by teaching natural horsemanship methods to a new generation of riders and trainers. Through her own business, No Limits Horsemanship, Brandi educates horses and riders on horsemanship, ranch sorting, conquering trails and obstacles, performance, and trick training. Brandi’s clinics at Equine Affaire will focus on natural horsemanship methods and ranch sorting.

International horse trainer Warwick Schiller’s love of reining led to multiple championship titles in reining in the United States and Australia. He also competed at the 2010 and 2018 World Equestrian Games as a member of the Australian reining team. Today, he’s an NRHA judge as well as the owner-operator of Warwick Schiller Performance Horsemanship in Hollister, CA. In addition to conducting clinics in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, Warwick manages his own award-winning YouTube channel featuring training videos and more. If you’re eager to improve your reining scores or learn more about the discipline, make sure to attend Warwick’s reining clinics at Equine Affaire.

Eventer and natural horsemanship advocate Tik Maynard is an accomplished rider, student, and teacher. He spent six years on the Canadian National Team competing in the modern pentathlon, which includes riding, pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, and running. He competed in the sport at the 2007 Pan American Games, three World Championships, and 11 World Cups before deciding to focus on eventing. As a working student, he’s learned from eventers David and Karen O’Connor and Ingrid Klimke, German dressage trainer Johann Hinnemann, and natural horseman Bruce Logan. Today, Tik conducts clinics throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. His clinics at Equine Affaire will focus on natural horsemanship.

All these clinicians and many more will be on site at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts. Come prepared to learn from Jan Ebeling and Silke Rembacz (dressage), Jeff Cook (hunter/jumper), Muffy Seaton (driving), Paul Humphrey (barrel racing), Lynn Symansky (eventing), Tom Chown (Western horsemanship, showmanship), Marcie Morey (easy gaited horses), Mark Bolender (mountain trail), Christine Smith (sport horse in-hand), Steve Edwards (mules), Suzanne Marshall (working equitation), Scott Seymour (draft horses), Janice Dulak (pilates), Heidi McLaughlin (overcoming fear), the Copper Hills Vaulting Team (vaulting), and the US Mounted Games Association (mounted games). More clinicians will be announced in the coming weeks.

For event and clinic schedules, tickets, and other information, visit equineaffaire.com. Information is also available by calling the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.

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Fall for Fantasia: Experience Equine Affaire’s Musical Celebration of the Horse

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, August 15, 2018 – When the spotlights shine in the coliseum at Equine Affaire, nothing gleams more brightly than the dancing horses of Fantasia. Equine Affaire’s beloved musical celebration of the horse returns for three show-stopping performances, November 8-10, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Featuring renowned equine performers Christine Drentwett, the Trixie Chicks trick riders, the Young Guns Equestrian Drill Team, and more, the horses of Fantasia will thrill every horse lover’s heart with renewed admiration for the beauty, grace, and power of the horse.

“Fantasia is one of the signature elements of Equine Affaire,” says Coagi Long, president of Equine Affaire. “This special event is for horse lovers of all ages and celebrates the unique relationship that exists between every horse and rider.”

Sponsored by Absorbine®, Fantasia features a variety of equine and equestrian performances set to musical scores and popular songs. From freestyle dressage to Wild West acts and trick riding, every performance showcases the remarkable and varied talents of the horse. Watch Christine Drentwett’s beautiful, high-stepping Andalusian dance under the lights as they perform the Spanish art of garocha and Susanne Hamilton’s grand prix dressage freestyle. Wild West fans will thrill to the trick-roping, gun-slinging stunts of Loop Rawlins, the Western performer and trick-roper extraordinaire who captivated millions on America’s Got Talent. If you’ve never seen horses at liberty, you’ll love watching Luke Gingerich’s reining horse perform loose in the pen and under saddle. A drill team of Haflingers will crisscross the arena in perfect harmony, demonstrating precision and grace with every step, and international level jousters will keep you on the edge of your seat with their daredevil feats. With three performance nights, there’s no better way to celebrate your Equine Affaire experience than by watching all these acts and many more come together to create the ultimate Fantasia.

Tickets for Fantasia are on sale now. Visit equineaffaire.com to purchase tickets, view a seating map of the coliseum, and more. Doors open at 6:45pm and performances begin at 7:30pm each evening, Thursday through Saturday, November 8-10, in the coliseum at the Eastern States Exposition. Ticket prices range from $14 to $25, plus a $2.75 shipping/processing fee per ticket. Advance ticket sales end November 5. Tickets purchased before 10/22 will be mailed to your home; tickets purchased after that date will be available at will call. For questions or to purchase tickets via the phone, call the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085, Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm EST.

Bookmark equineaffaire.com and check back often in the coming weeks for schedules, updates, and additional information about Equine Affaire in Massachusetts. Horse-lovers of all ages are invited to attend Equine Affaire. With countless educational sessions, a wide selection of horse-themed vendors to shop, and plenty of horses to admire, Equine Affaire is North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering. In addition to purchasing tickets for Fantasia, buy your general admission tickets for Equine Affaire today at equineaffaire.com. Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Absorbine, official sponsor of Fantasia.

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Horse & Farm Exhibits at Equine Affaire: Your One-Stop Shop for Marketing Horses, Farms, and More

LONDON, OH, August 8, 2018 – Whether you have horses for sale, professional equine services and facilities to promote, or breeding stallions to offer, Equine Affaire’s Horse & Farm exhibits meet all your marketing needs. From November 8-11, tens of thousands of horse people will unite at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, to celebrate Equine Affaire in Massachusetts. Reserve your spot in Equine Affaire’s Horse & Farm exhibits today to market yourself, your horses, and your farm at North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering.

With so many horse lovers, equestrians, and equine professionals in one place, Equine Affaire is the prime place to present your horse for sale. Rental of a “For Sale” stall – a 10 x 10 in-line stall located in C-barn adjacent to the coliseum – is just $150/stall for the entire four-day event. All “For Sale” stall rentals include two four-day adult tickets to Equine Affaire per stall (a $100 value), a descriptive “For Sale” sign to post on the stall, a free listing pre-event on EquineAffaire.com, a one-line listing in the event program (distributed for free to adult attendees), and the opportunity to offer test-rides in a schooling arena to interested adult buyers with the proper release forms. Tack stalls are available for $100 each. Horse owners who rent “For Sale” stalls do not have to participate for all four days but should specify in advance their date of arrival and commit to exhibiting for at least two days. If your horse is sold early, another horse may be substituted.

In addition to For Sale stalls, Equine Affaire offers Horse & Farm stalls to promote farms, equine businesses, and breeding stallions. Showcase your farm in front of tens of thousands of horse people by booking your Horse & Farm stall today. A 10 x 10 in-line stall in C-barn costs $150; end stalls on the outer aisles are $175; and end stalls on the main center aisle of the barn are $200. Each stall rental includes two four-day adult tickets to Equine Affaire, a one-line listing of stall number, farm name, horse breed, and phone number (or website) pre-event on EquineAffaire.com and at the event in the official event program. Applications and payments must be received by 9/15/2018. Interested exhibitors must commit to exhibiting for at least three days. Horse & Farm exhibitors may also consider participating in the Breed Pavilion or showcasing their horses in educational breed demonstrations.

For more information on Equine Affaire’s Horse & Farm exhibits or to book your stall, contact Karin Brennan at (740) 845-0085 (ext. 112) or email kbrennan@equineaffaire.com. Visit EquineAffaire.com (select the Massachusetts event, then “Exhibit”) for additional details.

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