LONDON, OH, March 16, 2023 – Don’t rely on luck alone this year to see you through your show season! Come to Equine Affaire in Ohio to brush up on your horsemanship skills and learn live and in person from the nation’s premier equestrian educators, coaches, trainers, and more. Putting in the hard work of studying your craft – whether it’s from the saddle as a participant in a clinic or from the bleachers as an avid student – is the greatest gift you can give yourself and your horses. You’re invited to attend the best place on earth for equestrians to learn: Equine Affaire!
North America’s premier equine expo and equestrian gathering will be at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, on April 13-16, 2023. Horsemanship aficionados Guy McLean (general horsemanship), Jonathan Field (general horsemanship & training), Julie Goodnight (general horsemanship & training), and Jason Irwin (general horsemanship & training) lead a class of dozens of clinicians who will be at the event, ready to produce more than 150 educational sessions, clinics, and demonstrations. Will you be there?
The full schedule for Equine Affaire in Ohio is available online. Hours for the event are from 9 am to 7 pm, Thursday through Saturday, and from 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday. That means you’ve got approximately 38 hours to learn from our general horsemanship clinicians as well as Brad Barkemeyer (reined cow horse & roping), Nona Garson (hunter/jumper), JJ Tate (dressage), Bryan Penquite (reining), Rita Timpanaro (hunter/jumper), Bronwyn Irwin (pole bending), Sterling Graburn (driving), Carl Bledsoe (easy gaited horses), Suzanne Galdun (biomechanics), Ali Kermeen (working equitation), Carrie Brandt & Laura Benson (Resonant Riding/Icelandics), Wendy Murdoch (horsemanship and Sure Foot), Karin Bump, PhD (college/career fair), Larkspur Carroll, DVM (alternative therapies), Kimberly Cole, PhD (forages), Robert Coleman, DVM (stable management), Barb DiPalma (arena footing), Sky Epperson (mustangs), Mandee Flanders (equine business), Amanda Held (mustangs), Carol Herder (hoof care), Sheryl Mankel (acupressure), Dan Moore, DVM (veterinary), Kellie & Sam Rettinger (draft horses), Tim Shuttleworth (manure composting), Ifa Simmonds (equestrian fitness), Annamarie Sims (mustangs), Mackenzie Turrisi (hoof care), Carol Walker (equine photography), Karen Wimbush, PhD (reproduction & breeding), Donna Woods (light therapy), Melyni Worth, PhD (herbs & nutrition), and more!
Guy McLean is a self-taught, Australian-born horse trainer and teacher who possesses an uncanny ability to entertain an audience with his magnetic personality, authentic bush poetry, quick wit, cracking stock whips, and almost supernatural connection with horses. Through a complete love of horses and a burning desire to “find better ways” of building relationships with horses, Mr. McLean developed his own training methods to “ask” the horse to do the job as a partner. He has won multiple colt-starting championships in Australia and America, is a two-time Australian Bush Poetry Champion, and was recognized as “Ambassador of the Outback” in 2002 and 2006. While maintaining a home base in Australia, Mr. McLean now travels throughout the United States to perform and present at prominent equestrian events, including the World Equestrian Games, the National Rodeo Finals, Dressage at Devon, the Washington International Horse Show, and major equine expos and fairs. He has also produced an educational DVD series to share his training approaches and philosophies with riders of all disciplines.
Jonathan Field is a horseman, published author, and renowned international clinician. He grew up in both English and Western saddles before becoming a full-time cowboy on one of the largest cattle ranches in Canada. Mr. Field has dedicated his life to helping people develop the skills to have a connection with horses. His foundation training program is embraced by people around the world, from those new to horses to elite competitors and industry professionals. Overcoming obstacles, creating an environment where learning can thrive, and having fun while doing it are trademarks of his unique style. Mr. Field has been featured on national television including CBS and the Red Bull Media House. He is a recipient of the Jack Brainard Horseman’s award and has taught alongside top equestrian coaches and Olympic medalists in eventing, jumping, and reining. He is also a two-time Road to the Horse finalist, a TEDx presenter, and stunt man in several major motion pictures. He is the published author of “The Art of Liberty Training for Horses” and has produced more than a dozen digital training films.
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.
Tickets for Equine Affaire and Fantasia are on sale now at equineaffaire.com. General admission tickets include entry to all clinics, sessions, and demonstrations; all themed pavilions; the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition; the ILHA Freestyle Invitational; and all interactive activities. Separate tickets are required for Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse. Sponsored by Absorbine, Fantasia is a nighttime equine variety show that will take place nightly at 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 13; Friday, April 14; and Saturday, April 15, featuring a host of incredible performers such as Guy McLean, the Diamond D Cowgirls, the Friesian Drill Heritage Team, Whispery Pines Percherons, and others. Buy your tickets to Fantasia fast – seats are selling out for this popular event! Please note that the Ohio Expo Center charges for parking. Still need accommodations? Visit our website to peruse our list of host hotels.
Equine Affaire is thankful for the generous support of sponsors like Absorbine, Rod’s, US Equestrian, Espana Silk, and GGT Footing. To learn more about Equine Affaire, bookmark 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 can’t wait to see you at Equine Affaire!