Extraordinary shopping opportunities, dozens of breeds of horses from around the world, the best in equine entertainment, and an unparalleled program of clinics, seminars, and demonstrations on a wide range of disciplines and equine-related topics. Where else but Equine Affaire, North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering?
The cornerstone of every Equine Affaire is education—and for avid horse people than can mean the opportunity to soak up a wealth of information from top equestrians and industry professionals by attending more than 200 different sessions over the four days of Equine Affaire. But, for those who want to garner even more from their Equine Affaire experience, the event offers the opportunity to participate in dozens of clinics on a wide range of equestrian disciplines.
The 2017 Equine Affaire will take place at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus on April 6th through the 9th. Whether your equestrian interest leans toward a particular western or English discipline or you spend most of your time in the show arena or on the trail, Equine Affaire’s unique “Ride With The Best” program offers you opportunities to receive individual instruction or have your horse trained in clinics conducted by many of the nation’s foremost coaches, competitors, judges, and horse trainers—for clinic fees designed to fit your budget.
The Clinics and Clinicians. Among the presenters who have been confirmed as of press time to participate in the “Ride With The Best” program this April are general horse and horsemanship trainers Guy McLean, Dan James, Julie Goodnight, Lynn Palm, Brandi Lyons, Steve Lantvit, and Sandi Simons. Clinicians offering sessions in the western disciplines will include Dick Pieper (reining), Chad Crider (barrel racing), Lynn Palm (western dressage), and Tony Kennedy (cutting). Those confirmed to conduct clinics on English disciplines will include John Pearce (jumping), Matt McLauglin (dressage), and Casi Gilliam (hunter under saddle). Anita Howe will also be on hand to present sessions on training and riding easy gaited horses, Dana Bright will conduct driving clinics, Wendy Murdoch will offer clinics on equine and human biomechanics, Sean Patrick will teach trail and trail class riding skills, and Steve Edwards will provide insight into the training of mules and donkeys. Additional presenters are being finalized for clinics on eventing, dressage, western pleasure, and English pleasure and will be announced soon.
If you have one or more horses that are halter broke and ready to be started under saddle, you may want to consider applying to have your horse trained by Guy McLean in Equine Affaire’s “Foundation First” clinics. Mr. McLean will train two unbroke horses to be ridden—one horse on Thursday and Friday and a second horse on Saturday and Sunday at the event.
Clinic fees and how to apply. The modest clinic fees for Equine Affaire’s “Ride With The Best” program range from $75 for a single clinic to $350 for the multi-session “Foundation First” clinics and include clinic participation, stabling, and admission to Equine Affaire. Clinicians will select the participants for their sessions from written applications and videos submitted by applicants to Equine Affaire.
Full clinic details and a “Ride With The Best” application are available at equineaffaire.com. Click on the Ohio event and follow the “Participate” link to the “Ride in Clinics” link. You may also request an information packet and clinic application by contacting Alison Scott at [email protected] or by calling (740) 845-0085 ext. 105. Be sure to consult equineaffaire.com for continuously-updated information on clinicians and sessions added in the “Ride With The Best” program. The application deadline is February 15th. Don’t miss the unique and affordable clinic opportunities offered at Equine Affaire.
In addition to Equine Affaire’s legendary educational program, the 2017 show will feature the largest horse-related trade show in North America with more than 450 retailers and manufacturers filling four buildings at the Ohio Expo Center. Other highlights will include Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse–the Fantasia sponsored by Absorbine®–on Thursday-Saturday nights; an extensive Breed Pavilion and Horse & Farm Exhibits area; the Equine Fundamentals Forum; the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition on Friday; and the Marketplace at Equine Affaire—a consignment store featuring quality tack, apparel, and equine equipment for horse and rider. For everything you need to know to go, visit equineaffaire.com.