Celebrate the Spirit of the Horse! - The Northwest Horse Fair & Expo 2014 -

Published on January 28, 2014 7:57AM

Dynamic dancing horses; fast, flashy, massive and magnificent horses; energizing equine entertainment; plus World Champion riders sharing secrets to their success….See it all and much more, at the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo 2014, presented by Bison Coach, March 21 through 24 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany, Oregon. “We’re thrilled to present the 15th Annual Northwest Horse Fair & Expo once again to Albany! We offer world-class clinics, a huge variety of horses on display, a gigantic trade show, plus our third annual competition: the All Breed Challenge! We invite all horse owners and horse lovers to join us for the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo 2014, as we Celebrate the Spirit of the Horse!” said John Cloe, Event Founder and Manager.
Competition Strategies for Mountain Trail & All–Breed Challenges.
Special Thursday Evening Clinic!
            Two World Champion competitors will present a dynamic clinic, to kick off the Northwest Horse Fair festivities, followed by the first round of the All Breed Challenge. The Thursday evening action, sponsored by KRKT, begins at 5pm March 20. Mitch and JoLinn Hoover, from Eugene, will apply their 35 years of world-class competitive, training, and coaching experience, to present a top-notch clinic, perfect for rugged trail and versatility competitors: Competition Strategies for Mountain Trail & All–Breed Challenges.
            The Hoovers will answer these questions: What is the Judge looking for? How do you get better scores? How do you remember the pattern?  Watch numerous obstacle runs critiqued from the Judge’s perspective and glean inside information on showmanship styles, pattern memorization and walk-through tips.  Their advice on mental preparation and relaxation techniques for competitors, will segway perfectly into the first Round of the All Breed Challenge, held immediately after the clinic.
A Challenge of Competitive Courage…
            The All Breed Challenge calls upon horse and rider teams from all over the Northwest, to square off in a tricky competition, that tests the courage and character of horse and rider!  “We’re offering $3,000 dollars in cash and prizes in our third annual All Breed Challenge! We anticipate some great riding, as entrants square off in this unusual test of horse and rider abilities,” said Mr. Cloe. Competitors will face a timed course that could draw upon obstacles and maneuvers from numerous disciplines of riding, including barrels, jumps, trail obstacles, reining, dressage maneuvers, and more.  Contest requirements are designed to judge competitors’ all-round horsemanship, performance, accuracy, equitation and attitude of their horses.
            The Challenge begins Thursday night and continues Friday, with the Semi-Final Round on Saturday. The top five contestants will square off in an exciting Final Round on Sunday, including a Free Style Ride where competitors show off their finest performance skills and creativity, hoping to be named the 2014 All Breed Challenge Champion!!
World-Class Clinics
            The Northwest Horse Fair will spotlight world-class clinicians, trainers and instructors, providing a broad variety of educational demonstrations, workshops and clinics. Headlining the star-studded list of presenters will be World Champion rider and trainer Chris Cox, providing Chris Cox Horsemanship/Horse Training; Eitan Beth-Halachmy featuring Cowboy Dressage™; Peggy Cummings teaching Connected Riding®; Janet “Dolly” Hannon presenting Dressage clinics; Mitch and JoLinn Hoover with Competition Strategies for Mountain Trail & All Breed Challenge and a Versatility Ranch & Stock Horse clinic; Muffy Seaton giving Drivingclinics; Raye Lochert conducting General Training/Horsemanship clinics; Scot Hansen and Sandy Siegrist presenting HorseThink; and Dana Boyd Miller from Andis Clippers, providing horse clipping demos.
Chris Cox is a leading U.S. horseman and clinician, who’s been conducting clinics and demonstrations for over 25 years, teaching the principles and methods behind his no-nonsense, practical horsemanship. He has a busy touring and clinic schedule, as well as providing weekly RFD-TV programs. Chris received the 2006 Equestrian of the Year Award, and he is the only 3 time undefeated World Champion of the prestigious Road to the Horse event. Chris will provide multiple clinics at the Northwest Horse Fair, including groundwork, colt starting, how to build rider confidence, how to achieve softness as a rider, and advanced horse training. He joins the Northwest Horse Fair from his ranch in Mineral Wells, Texas.
Eitan Beth-Halachmy is a World Champion rider and trainer, and the founder of Cowboy Dressage™. Eitan has trained and shown his horses, winning five Morgan World Champion Western Pleasure Horse titles. His Western horses are easily recognizable from their self-carriage and elegant style, which he attributes to the use of dressage in his training program. Eitan has become famous for his own brand of horsemanship dubbed Cowboy Dressage in which he applies his training in classical dressage to Western horsemanship. Eitan will introduce Cowboy Dressage in his clinics at the Northwest Horse Fair, teaching about the competition court, the maneuvers and how to ride the tests in Cowboy Dressage competitions. Eitan and his wife Debbie own and operate Wolf Creek Ranch in Grass Valley, California.
            Peggy Cummings is an internationally recognized equestrian clinician.  She developed her Connected Riding® methods from years of training in both Western and English disciplines, the study of human and equine movement, and a passion for helping people and horses learn easily. Peggy will provide lectures and clinics using Connected Riding techniques to improve rider position and horse performance. Peggy joins the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo from her home in Poulsbo, Washington.
           Janet “Dolly” Hannon is an accomplished dressage rider, trainer and instructor, having taught and trained Dressage and Eventing for more than 30 years. She has competed extensively through Grand Prix Level and her students have won numerous regional and national awards. Dolly is a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Certified Dressage Instructor and is a US Equestrian Federation (USEF) “S” Dressage judge with additional training in judging equitation, young horse and freestyle classes. She is currently the chairperson of the USDF Freestyle Committee. At the Northwest Horse Fair, Dolly will provide tips for improved dressage scores and freestyle rides, better equitation, and how to get your horse on the bit. Dolly makes her home in Golden, Colorado.
            Mitch and JoLinn Hoover, from Eugene, each have over 35 years experience training and coaching in the horse industry. Their lifetime Championship awards span western & dressage, reining, cattle and stock dog events, extreme mountain trail, versatility ranch horse, and cowboy challenges. The Hoovers’ down-to-earth instructing style, sense of humor, and “if we can do it, you can do it” attitude, leave students equipped to tackle their next Trail Horse competition or recreational trail ride, with confidence and ease. The Hoovers will present clinics on competition strategies for Mountain Trail and All Breed Challenges, as well as Versatility and Stock Horse basics.
            Muffy Seaton from Williston, SC, has been an active Combined Driving Event and Pleasure Driving competitor, judge and clinician for the past 35 years. Muffy has won every major Combined Driving Event in the Eastern U.S., and has won the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF) National Pony Champion four times. Muffy is a Registered USEF and American Driving Society judge in Pleasure, Combined Driving and Driving Dressage.  She also is also an evaluator for the Carriage Association of America’s Drivers Proficiency Program. Muffy will present a clinic on the “The Many Faces of Modern  Carriage Driving” at the Northwest Horse Fair.
            Raye Lochert trains and conducts horsemanship clinics all over the U.S. and at his home ranch in Northern California.  Raye is considered to be a very accessible teacher, using an approachable style that’s practical and easy to understand. His helps clients feel empowered, capable of handling their own horses, no matter what their discipline or level of riding.  At the Northwest Horse Fair, Raye will provide clinics on how to help your horse find a relaxed canter/lope; solving ground control issues and building your horse’s confidence.
            Scot Hansen is a retired mounted police officer who trained officers and horses, purchased remounts, and worked the streets. During this time, he had the opportunity to ride horses in and around obstacles that the average person never encounters.  His wide range of experience, instruction, and practical use of horses allows Scot to effectively teach a wide array of horsemanship skills.  At the Northwest Horse Fair, Scott will present clinics on desensitizing your horse, self-defense for trail riders, and evaluating a new horse to buy.
            Wayne Williams of the Speaking of Horses radio and Online TV will also be at the expo, to visit with Northwest Horse Fair celebrities and fans.
Costumes, Choreography, Creativity with Horses….
            The Northwest Horse Fair will feature horses at their finest: from delicate dancing to action-packed precision drills, there is something for every horse lover! Colorfully costumed riders on high stepping horses will sashay to music, as the BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe struts their stuff!  With the grace of ballet dancers, the Ecco Ridge Vaulters will perform agile gymnastics on the back of moving horses!!  And don’t miss the high-speed, action-packed precision drill team performance on horses, provided by the Mane Attraction Rodeo Performance Team! Turn back the pages of time as the Northwest Cavalry Associations demonstrates cavalry training techniques and simulated battle.
            Take in a colorful array of horses, small, medium and large in Breed Demos, presented by many talented and athletic varieties of equine from all across the world. Dainty Peruvian Horses, majestic Canadians, rugged Icelandics, and mighty American Mustangs are just a sample of the variety of horses presenting educational and entertaining demos at the Northwest Horse Fair.
Shopping, Shopping, Shopping!!
For the avid shopper or those with a nose for a bargain, there are two full buildings of vendors in the expo trade show, providing shopping fun for young and old! A wide variety of equine supplies and clothing is offered, plus trailers, boots, hats, feed, farming products, services, gifts, home décor items and much more!
Help a Great Cause for Discount Admission!
Northwest Horse Fair attendees can get a discount off the Admission price, while helping support a good cause, on Friday March 21. Simply bring a non–perishable food item donation to the entrance gate that day, and receive $1 off the admission price.  All contributions will benefit the Albany Helping Hands Homeless Shelter.  Limit one discount per person; discount is off regular gate admission only.
KMTR Youth Day –Kids Get in Free!
Junior horse enthusiasts can get in free on Sunday, March 23, for KMTR Youth Day! All children 12 and under get in free that day with a paid adult admission, and 4-H and Pony Club members, aged 13 to 18 years, can get in free with their club ID Cards. “We want to support the growth and education of young horse lovers, plus thank the fantastic organizations that educate young people about horses,” said Mr. Cloe. “All children 5 and under get in free every day at the Northwest Horse Fair, when accompanied by a paid adult admission. We thank KMTR-TV for sponsoring Youth Day, again this year!”
Tickets & More Info
            Advance tickets are now on sale, at a discounted price, at Wilco Farm Stores and many other retail locations throughout Oregon and Washington.  For more information on tickets and advance ticket purchase locations go to: http://equinepromotions.net/northwest-horse-fair/attend/tickets/.
            Tickets are also available at the gate during the Expo. One low-price General Admission ticket to the event includes all clinics, lectures, demonstrations, special events and access to the trade show.  Cash only at the gate.
            For more information on the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo, go to www.equinepromotions.net, email jjcloe@equinepromotions.net, call 765-655-2107, or join us for late breaking details and excitement, on Facebook and Twitter.
            Sponsors for the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo 2014 include: Bison Coach, the presenting sponsor; Andis Clippers; Beelart Embroidery; Guaranty RV & 5thWheel Centers; KRKT; KMTR-TV; Northwest Rider, the official publication for the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo;  Phoenix Inn & Suites, the hosting hotel for theNorthwest Horse Fair and Expo; Oregon Horse Center; Valley Vet Supply; and Wilco Farm Stores.


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