California Riding Magazine • March, 2014

Horse Expo Pomona
Horse power, prize money
and fun made for a full weekend
in Southern California.

One of the nation's finest horse expos, Horse Expo Pomona, was held on Feb. 7-9, at the Fairplex in Pomona. This three-day horse fest offered competitions with cash prizes, a wealth of information from live demos and lectures and loads of fun for all horse enthusiasts. 
Now in its third year, Horse Expo Pomona brought together record crowds from Southern California and around the country. With over 150,000 sq. ft. of indoor space and five aces of outdoor grounds, this event offered something for everyone. The event offered educational seminars and clinics, a Young Rider Park, Trail Symposium, Book Corral and Great American Truck Display.

The exhibit floor was housed in three buildings and offered a huge assortment of horse and ranch products and services with special show discounts, as well as tons of free samples to take home. Large exhibits like Thrifty Horse, Dan's Feed & Seed and Hooves and Paws set up a mini store front. Attendees got one-on-one time in the expo hall with clinician favorites Jane Savoie, John Lyons, Sandy Collier and Jonathan Field, who also gave clinics on site. Gina Miles even offered the opportunity for attendees to see and touch her Olympic Silver medal that she was awarded in individual eventing at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Miki Nelsen, President of Horse Expo Events, stated, "We are thrilled at the enthusiasm for this event in Pomona this year as we focused on broadening the Expo to capture new aspects of the horse industry. This year we welcomed two new events, the Breed Revelation and the California Classic Stock Horse Championship, and we were pleased with the response from our attendees."

On opening night of the Expo, the 1st Annual Toyota California Classic Stock Horse Championship with official judges Sandy Collier (NRCHA & AQHA World Champion) and Lance Johnston (leading cow horse trainer whose lifetime earnings exceeds $6,000,000) was a free event for attendees.

Final order of finishers for this inaugural invitational event included:

• 1st Place ($6350) - Nicolas Barthelemy on Jan's Rey Custro (owned by Sheri Jamieson, La Jolla, CA)
• 2nd Place ($3810) – Marjie Robinson on MH Its Only Boon (owned by Ted Robinson, Oak View, CA)
• 3rd Place ($2540) – Tucker Robinson on Gunna B Lucky (owned by Michael/Debra Brautovich, Watsonville, CA)

A returning crowd pleaser of the Horse Expo Pomona weekend was The Ultimate Super Horse Challenge. This event offered attendees with their horses or mules a chance to win big prizes and bragging rights.

Top finishers were offered a purse totaling over $5,000 in cash and prizes and included:

• 1st Place - Robin Bond, on KaChoo (owned by Robin Bond, Marcos, CA)
• Reserve Champion - Deanna Williams on Whiz N Chex Tex (owned by Deanna Williams, Murrieta, CA)
• 3rd Place - Don Moore, on Nic O Lena, (owned by Don Moore, Hemet, CA)
• 4th Place - Paula Bellesi, on Red Stage Hen, (owned by Paula Bellesi, Aguanga, CA)
• 5th Place - Krista Koenig on Que Xique, (owned by Marcia Baskin, Arroyo Grande, CA)

The Equine Dream Art Show and Sale sponsored by BLICKÒ Art Materials, provided an ideal environment for emerging and established artists to display and sell their works. Best in Show winner for Pomona 2014 was (winner's name, piece title and medium).

Headlining the event this year was John Lyons & Family, known as the most trusted horseman in America, who appeared separately and together. For the first time ever, Lyons did something that no other trainer has ever done. At the Ram Trucks Freedom Arena, Lyons took six unbroken horses with their owners and together they broke them during this three-day weekend.

Next year's Horse Expo Pomona is scheduled for Feb. 6-8, 2015. For more information on the Horse Expo Pomona ticketing, exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities call (800) 352-2411 or visit www.horseexpoevents.com. Our next event, The Western States Horse Expo, will take place on June 13-15 at the Cal Expo in Sacramento, CA.

Horse Expo Pomona was produced by Horse Expo Events. Sponsors included: RAM, Farnam, Platinum Performance, Kruse Perfection, Triple Crown, Nutrena, Pyranha, AQHA Team Wrangler, Next Day Jumps, dothorse and Whoa Dust; Media sponsors include Horseman's News, Horsetrader.com, Young Rider Magazine and speakingofhorses.com.