London, Ohio – If spring is in the air and you have a passion for horses, your destination of choice is Equine Affaire. North America’s foremost equine exposition and equestrian gathering returns to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus on April 6-9, 2017, with all of the elements that have made Equine Affaire a legend in the horse industry and one of the greatest events in Ohio.
Imagine what you could do with four days to devote to your passion for horses? Improve your riding and horse training skills by attending clinics, seminars, and demonstrations by top trainers. Shop at the largest horse-related trade show in N. America while selling your unwanted equine and equestrian items on consignment at Equine Affaire’s Marketplace. Discover dozens of horse breeds and disciplines at Equine Affaire’s Breed Pavilion and Horse & Farms Exhibits. Develop your basic “horse skills” at the Equine Fundamentals Forum. Experience your first horseback ride on a qualified lesson horse …and maybe even buy one of the horses for sale at the show. Sit back and enjoy fabulous entertainment including Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse—the Fantasia— and the ever-popular Versatile Horse & Rider Competition. The stars of the equestrian world will be aligned at Equine Affaire, and you can meet and mingle with them while enjoying a special getaway with family and friends.
Four Days, Seven Venues, Hundreds of Sessions
Whether you’ve been in the saddle since childhood or are new to horses and equestrian activities, you’ll find sessions at Equine Affaire to help you and your horse excel and experience a winning relationship. Equine Affaire’s extensive program of clinics, seminars, and demos will be presented by many of the nation’s foremost coaches, competitors, trainers, TV personalities, authors, judges, and other industry experts.
With literally hundreds of sessions presented in seven venues, there will be something to satisfy almost every equestrian interest and taste—not to mention the need for a little advance planning as to what to do when. The lineup of presenters who will share their knowledge and expertise will include experts offering a range of horse training philosophies and techniques and representing a wide variety of competitive arenas.
There will be sessions on general horse training and horsemanship topics of interest to all horse people as well as sessions focusing on understanding and communicating with
horses, building rider confidence, improving horsemanship, addressing training issues, and enhancing the horse-rider partnership.
Learn the Basics at the Equine Fundamentals Forum
If you’re new to the horse world or still developing your basic skills as a rider or horse person, you’ll find plenty of useful information at Equine Affaire’s Equine Fundamentals Forum in the Celeste Center. The “EFF” will feature a demo ring where experts who are quite savvy about horses will share their knowledge on a wide range of “fundamental” topics of use to new riders and horse owners young and old. You’ll also discover informative and hands-on interactive exhibits about horses, horse health, and horse management as well as activities geared toward the youngest horse fans.
Take Your First Ride
Have you dreamed about riding a horse, but not had the right opportunity? Now is your chance. Equine Affaire is partnering with the American Horse Council’s Time to Ride program to provide opportunities for new and aspiring horse lovers (age 12 and over) to have their first encounter with a horse—to learn about the basics of horses and horse care and actually ride a horse for the first time. Representatives of area horse farms and trainers affiliated with the Time to Ride program will provide basic instruction and seasoned lesson horses on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Cooper Arena. Interested first-time and returning riders must sign up in advance at the Time to Ride booth in the Voinovich Center, where stable owners and equine professionals may also learn more about the Time to Ride Challenge presented by the American Horse Council. “We are really excited to be working with Time to Ride to make is possible for our attendees to experience their first horseback rides,” reported Eugenia Snyder, the President of Equine Affaire. “Our event is not just for seasoned horse people who already own horses—it’s also designed to introduce horses and the horse world to the general public. We’re hoping that a lot of folks will take advantage of this great opportunity to connect with a horse on a one-on-one basis and explore the many breeds of horses, riding styles, and ways to get involved with horses in this region. To those who take their first ride at Equine Affaire I can say ‘Get ready to fall in love!’”
Shop for All Things Horse Related
If it’s something horse-related that you want, you’ll find it in Equine Affaire’s legendary trade show—the largest equine-oriented shopping opportunity in North America. Explore hundreds of the nation’s leading equine and equestrian retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and organizations in four exhibit halls and the outdoor areas in between. All of your equine and equestrian must-haves will be available in a trade show with literally acres of superb shopping. Online shopping may be quick—but Equine Affaire shopping is intoxicating!
Experience the Fantasia
As the entertainment cornerstone of Equine Affaire, the Fantasia showcases the beauty, diversity, athleticism, and willing spirit of horses of a great variety of breeds and
provides the perfect ending to a busy day of shopping, learning, and mingling at Equine Affaire. Outstanding equine and equestrian acts from throughout the United States will perform to a wide range of musical styles to create an evening of unforgettable equestrian entertainment for horse lovers of all ages. The Fantasia will take place at 7:30 p.m. on April 6-8 in the coliseum at the Ohio Expo Center and be an evening of great entertainment for horse lovers of all ages
“This year’s show will offer just the right mix of drama, comedy, fast-paced action, remarkable horses, and remarkable horsemanship,” explained Eugenia Snyder. “The 2017 Fantasia will incorporate many of the elements that veteran Fantasia-goers have come to expect at the event including Grand Prix freestyle dressage, driving, freestyle reining, horses performing at liberty, garrocha, and drill team performances. We’re thrilled to be able to feature three of the very best liberty horse trainers and performers in the world—Guy McLean, Dan James, and Bobby Kerr—and also introduce several very special acts and performers that will be new to the Fantasia and to the Ohio Equine Affaire audience. The show will feature plenty of sensational equine entertainment provided by Icelandics, Andalusians, Mustangs, Lusitanos, Percherons, Warmbloods, Quarter Horses, Australian Stock Horses, and ponies–and plenty of reminders of why we find horses so enchanting.”
The 2017 Fantasia is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Absorbine. Fantasia tickets range in price from $14 to $25, and advance tickets are available online until April 5th. Any tickets not sold in advance will be available for purchase at the Information Booth in the Bricker Building beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 6th at Equine Affaire and at the box office at the coliseum just before each show. Continuously-updated information regarding ticket availability will be posted at equineaffaire.com.
Catch all of the Action
Twenty-five preselected horse and rider teams will compete for $5500 in cash and other prizes in Equine Affaire’s ultimate test of horsemanship, the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition. The “VHRC” is a true test of horsemanship for those who are willing to put their riding skills on the line tackling a tough obstacle course at top speeds—and a whole lot of fun for everyone watching in the audience. This popular race will take place in the Ohio Expo Center coliseum at 1:00pm on Friday, April 7th. Be sure to get there early to take in all of the action and watch great horses and talented riders tackle real riding challenges.
Explore a World of Horse Breeds … and Buy a Horse!
Dozens of horse breeds from ponies to drafts and stock horses to sport horses will be on exhibit and presented in hand at Equine Affaire. Under saddle demonstrations of a wide range of breeds will be conducted throughout the weekend in the main clinic arenas as well as the Rod’s Arena, offering you a chance to understand the conformation, movement, and temperament of different breeds as well as the many different disciplines at which they excel.
Visit Equine Affaire’s Breed Pavilion in the Voinovich Center and meet with horse owners and breeders and representatives of various national, regional, and local breed associations. They’ll have plenty of helpful information and be able to answer your questions about their horses and tell you where and how you can get involved with their breeds. The nearby Horse & Farm Exhibits in the Gilligan Complex will showcase individual horse farms, stallions, stables, and training and breeding facilities from throughout the region and provide opportunities to network with horse owners, trainers, and facility managers. Evaluate horses for sale in the Horse & Farm Exhibits area to find your first horse…or your next.
Equine Affaire 2017: A Great Value for Horse Lovers
Equine Affaire will be up and running from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8, and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 9th. You can enjoy all that the show has to offer—the clinics and seminars, the shopping, the specialty pavilions, and the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition for the price of a single-day or multi-day general admission ticket. Adult admission is only $15/day (and includes a free event program) and youth (age 7-10) tickets are only $8. A four-day adult pass is just $50–a savings of $10 from the daily rate. Kids 6 and under attend for free.
Tickets will go on sale at 8:30 a.m. at event entrances each show day; cash only at the gates. Camping with hookups is also available at the Ohio Expo Center … no reservation needed.
Everything You Need to Know to Go
Round up your horse-loving friends and barn mates and plan your getaway.
Equineaffaire.com contains everything you need to know to plan your trip to the show and make the most of your Equine Affaire experience. And, if you’re not Web-savvy, not to worry: call Equine Affaire at 740-845-0085 and speak to a member of our friendly, horse-loving staff, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern.
Generous Sponsors Make Equine Affaire Affordable
Equine Affaire’s exceptional program of educational activities and entertainment are made possible through generous sponsorships by dozens of equine-related companies and organizations. We extend our gratitude to Absorbine®, Rod’s Western Palace, Farnam, Centaur Fencing, Wahl Clipper, Cosequin®, US Equestrian, Horse Network, and the dozens of other companies who have endorsed Equine Affaire through their sponsors!
The Top Ten things to do at Equine Affaire:
1. Check out the awesome horses. There will be horses of dozens of breeds from around the world on exhibit in the Breed Pavilion in the Voinovich Center the Horse & Farm Exhibits in the Gilligan Complex. Breed associations will host demos throughout the weekend in the coliseum, Voinovich, and Rod’s arenas…showcasing the conformation, qualities, and talents of horses of each breed. Horses will also be available for up close and personal interaction in breed spotlights featured in the Equine Fundamentals Forum in the Celeste Center. Affaire goers can see everything from miniatures to drafts and from stock horses to sport horses and gaited horses. Clinics throughout the weekend will also showcase a great variety of equestrian sports and horses and their riders honing their skills in those sports.
2. Learn about horses and horsemanship from some of the foremost competitors and trainers in the business. There will be more than 200 clinics, seminars, and demos featured throughout the weekend at arenas and stages scattered throughout the Ohio Expo Center. Sessions will be conducted by some of the foremost horse men and women in the equine world including Olympians, World Equestrian Games and Pan Am Games participants, national and world champion competitors, Hall of Fame inductees, top trainers and judges, and well known TV personalities.
3. Catch the action. Equine Affaire will feature its signature Versatile Horse & Rider Competition at 1 p.m. on Friday in the coliseum. Pre-selected horse and rider teams will race through an obstacle course designed to put their horses and horsemanship skills to the test while competing for $5,500 in cash. It’s great fun to watch—and educational all the same. Get there early to get a good seat for this popular event within an event
4. Be dazzled. Equine Affaire’s Fantasia on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights is the perfect ending to a perfect day at Equine Affaire. This legendary musical celebration of the horse will feature top equine and equestrian performers from throughout the United States performing to a wide range of musical styles. The Fantasia showcases the beauty, intelligence, and talent of horses of many breeds—and reminds us of why we find our four-legged friends so enchanting.
5. Shop for all things horse and rider related. Equine Affaire’s trade show is the largest horse-related shopping opportunity in North America. More than 400 exhibitors will feature everything from tack, riding apparel, and the full range of horse necessities to fine equestrian art and jewelry, books, equine studies programs, and horseback riding vacations. Take a break from online browsing to actually see, touch, and try on items and speak to knowledgeable product representatives before investing.
6. Take a ride. Never ridden before? Equine Affaire is partnering with the American Horse Council’s Time to Ride program to offer event attendees the opportunity to experience their first horseback rides as well as learn about ways to get involved with the local horse community. You can sign up at the Time to Ride booth in the Voinovich Center and take a ride on Friday, Saturday or Sunday in Cooper Arena. Get ready to fall in love.
7. Buy a horse. Visit the Gilligan Complex and peruse the many horses that will be on display and for sale at the event. Look for the “For Sale” signs on stalls to identify what might be the perfect horse for you!
8. Sell what you don’t need and find bargains on what you do. Equine Affaire’s full-service consignment shop, The Marketplace, will be located in the Voinovich Center. Turn your unwanted equine and equestrian items into cash while you enjoy all that Equine Affaire has to offer. You’ll also find bargains on quality tack, apparel, and other horse-related items on consignment.
9. Acquire the basics. If you are new to the horse world, you’ll find a wealth of basic information about horses in the Equine Fundamentals Forum—an area in the Celeste Center dedicated to demos, interactive displays, and video presentations to educate new riders and horse owners of all ages.
10. Share your passion. Gather with family and friends to share your passion for horses and mingle with other folks who “speak horse.” You’ll have four full days to indulge yourself in all things horse-related.