California Riding Magazine • January, 2009

Equine Affaire
Showcases Educational Opportunities and Extreme Cowboy Race

Equine Affaire, the nation’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering, will return to Fairplex from January 29th through February 1st, to offer a platform for tens of thousands of horse enthusiasts from throughout the Southwest to share their passion for horses, expand their knowledge and browse the largest horse-related trade show in the West.

Since 1994 Equine Affaire events have featured leading coaches, competitors and trainers from throughout the country providing the equestrian world with an impressive schedule of in-depth training clinics. In 2009 at Fairplex, Equine Affaire’s legendary educational program will continue with more than 125 clinics, seminars, and demonstrations. At the 2009 event Equine Affaire’s successful format will feature popular general trainers Chris Cox, Craig Cameron, Mark Rashid, and Julie Goodnight, as well as exceptional discipline-specific trainers including Marlene McRae (barrel racing & pole bending), Elizabeth Graves (easy-gaited horses), Yonnick Firehorse (Become One Spirit Horsemanship), Andrea Fappani (reining), Liz Denny (hunter/jumper), Rebecca Rigdon (dressage), Karen Scholl (horsemanship for women), Donna Snyder-Smith (distance competition and Centered Riding®), Diane Kastama (driving), Steve Edwards (mules & packing), Bonnie Davis (trail riding & camping) and James Shaw (Tai Chi for the equestrian). Equine Affaire’s “Ride With The Best” program will provide a unique opportunity for riders of all levels and many disciplines to refine their riding and competitive skills.

Equine Affaire will offer excitement each evening as Craig Cameron’s popular and action-packed Extreme Cowboy Race™ returns to the event at Fairplex. As seen on RFD-TV, the Extreme Cowboy Race is a thrilling timed and judged event that combines speed, finesse and refined communication as riders guide their horses through a challenging obstacle course at high speeds. Equine Affaire attendees will have the opportunity to watch all of the exciting action as Julie Goodnight judges the horsemanship skills of the 36 pre-selected horse-and-rider teams that will compete. Top contestants will earn more than $4,250 in cash and other valuable prizes as well as the title of Extreme Cowboy Race Champion. Hosted by Craig Cameron, the Extreme Cowboy Race will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings in the Pfizer Arena.

In addition to the impressive clinic roster and the Extreme Cowboy Race, top industry professionals will also present a variety of subjects in the demo ring and the seminar stage. The 2009 Equine Affaire demos and seminars will cover such diverse topics as homeopathic remedies and alternative therapies; equine first aid; English and western saddle fit and bitting; rider fitness; equine law; communicating with horses; horse behavior analysis; equine massage and chiropractics; horse selection; stable management; senior horse care; and equine vacations.

As in previous years Equine Affaire patrons will be eligible to enter a free raffle before and during the event with chances to win fantastic prizes. Consult www.equineaffaire.com to learn all of the details on this year’s raffle and to enter online through Jan. 16, 2009. Be sure to visit the Raffle Center in Building 8 at the event to see the prizes and enter the raffle at the show. The names of the raffle winners will be drawn on Sun., Feb. 1st at 4:00 p.m., and winners need not be present.

More than 30 outstanding equine-related manufacturers and retailers generously support Equine Affaire through sponsorships. These partnerships allow Equine Affaire to offer horse enthusiasts an exceptional educational program for very affordable admission prices. The management of Equine Affaire extends special thanks to the many sponsors of the 2009 Equine Affaire in California including California Horsetrader, Carson Trailer, Farnam Companies, FCP Barns and Buildings, Red Barn, All American Trailers, Inc., Andis Company, the Arabian Horse Association, and Horse & Rider.
In addition to Equine Affaire’s comprehensive educational program, visitors will have the opportunity to browse the largest equine-related trade show in the West. More than 350 of the nation’s leading equine organizations will be located within acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits at Fairplex.

Each day Equine Affaire will provide young horse enthusiasts and riders with special opportunities to learn about horses, horse care, and horse training at the demo ring in the Arabian Horse Association Youth Pavilion. Located in Building 10, the Arabian Horse Association Youth Pavilion will feature numerous youth-related exhibits as well as fun (and free!) activities for young children including stick horse making and the stick horse rodeo sponsored by Wahl Clipper Corporation. Several youth-oriented associations and organizations will be on hand to help get children involved in the equine industry. The Celebrity Horse Showcase, presented in conjunction with the Youth Pavilion, will showcase famous equines including Nevada Joe (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc. Equine Ambassador and Breyer® model) and Tequila Sunrise (a rare American Walking Pony that is the only example of its breed in the western half of the United States). Additional equine celebrities include Tuff from the movie Appaloosa and Mr. T from Dreamer - equine actors that are both owned by the famous movie trainer, Rex Peterson.


Rex Peterson with Tuff & Justin. Tuff is Jeremy Iron’s horse in the recent western film, Appaloosa and is also the son of Rex’s famous horse, Justin, who starred in the movie Black Beauty. Tuff, Mr. T, from the movie Dreamer, and two additional horses will be on display in the Celebrity Horse Showcase.
Photo: Ross Hecox, Western Horseman.


Equine Affaire’s popular Breed Pavilion will once again provide a valuable opportunity for national, regional, and local breed associations and color registries to promote their breed. The Breed Pavilion will also provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about the characteristics of dozens of horse breeds and enjoy and appreciate those characteristics through breed demonstrations, in-hand presentations, and exhibits.

Equine Affaire will take place Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy Race will be featured Thursday through Saturday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. General admission for adults will be $16/day or $55/four-day pass; children 7-12 will be $10/day or $35/four-day pass; children 6 and under will be admitted free. General admission will include entry to the trade show; all clinics, seminars, and demonstrations; and the Extreme Cowboy Race each evening. Adults will receive a free event program with admission. Fairplex will charge for parking.

Discount rates are available at many Equine Affaire host hotels near the facility, and camping will be available at the Fairplex KOA campground adjacent to the event site. For continuously-updated information, consult www.equineaffaire.com or call 740-845-0085 weekdays, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern.

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WHAT: 2009 Equine Affaire
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 29 - Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009
WHERE: Fairplex at Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, Pomona, CA
EVENT HOURS: Thurs-Sat: 9am-7pm (Clinics and the Extreme Cowboy RaceTM will be featured in the Covered Arena until 9pm); Sun: 9am-5pm
ADMISSION: • Adults: $16 (daily)*; $55 (4-day pass)
• Children 7-12: $10 (daily); $35 (4-day pass)
• Children 6 & Under: Free
*Adult admission includes a free event program. To order tickets, visit www.equineaffaire.com, call 740-845-0085, or complete and mail the Ticket Order Form. Tickets will also be available at the door. Cash only at the door. No refunds. Fairplex will charge for parking. No pets.

HOST HOTELS:

• Sheraton Suites Fairplex (on-site), 601 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, 909-622-2220, $143 - Expires 12/27/08, www.sheratonfairplex.com

• Hotel Claremont (3.2 mi.), 840 S. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, 909-621-4831, $89 - Expires 01/19/09, www.myhotelclaremont.com

• Shilo Hilltop Suites (4 mi.), 3101 Temple Ave., Pomona, 909-598-7666, $118 - Expires 01/07/09, www.shiloinns.com/hilltopsuites

• Shilo Hotel (4 mi.), 3200 Temple Ave., Pomona, 909-598-7666, $89 - Expires 01/07/09, www.shiloinns.com/hotel

• Red Roof Inn (4.8 mi.), 204 N Village Crt., San Dimas, 909-598-7666, $71.99 - Expires 12/29/08, www.redroof.com

• Best Western Diamond Bar, (5 mi.) 259 Gentle Springs Ln, Diamond Bar, 909-860-3700, $79 - Expires 10/14/08, www.bestwestern.com

• Ayres Suites (5 mi.), 21951 Golden Springs Dr., Diamond Bar, 909-598-7666, $102 - Expires 01/07/09, www.shiloinns.com/hilltopsuites

• 8. Radisson Suites Covina (6 mi.), 1211 E. Garvey St., Covina, 626-915-3441, $118 - Expires 01/07/09, www.radisson.com

• Holiday Inn Select (7 mi.), 21725 E. Gateway Center Dr., Diamond Bar, 909-860-5440, $109 - Expires 1/20/09, www.holidayinnselect.com

• Doubletree Hotel Claremont (7 mi.), 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, 909-626-2411, $112 - Expires 12/30/08, www.doubletree.com

CAMPING: The Fairplex KOA campground is on White Ave next to Gate 9 and has water and electrical hookups, sewage disposal, a pool, mini mart
and laundry facilities. Call 909-593-8915 to make KOA reservations.
CONTACT: Equine Affaire, Inc., 2720 State Route 56 SW, London, OH 43140; Mon-Fri 9am-5pmET
740-845-0085; Fax: 740-845-2879; info@equineaffaire.com; For continuously updated information consult: www.equineaffaire.com