California Riding Magazine • January, 2010

Equine Affaire:
California’s Best Value
for Horse Lovers

It’s not often that World and National Champion competitors from disciplines as diverse as cutting, dressage, reining, jumping, barrel racing and driving, as well as renowned trainers from other walks of horselife, gather in one location to share their secrets. Even less often comes the chance to soak up all that learning for about what you’d spend on a movie ticket and a bucket of popcorn.

Just $16 gets you an all-access daily ticket to the 2010 edition of our country’s most successful and most enduring all-breed, all-discipline equine expo, Equine Affaire, which returns to Fairplex in Pomona Feb. 4-7. Admission for kids age 7-12 is just $10, and tots aged 6 and under get in free.

Photo: © Charles Hilton

Clinicians Galore!

Arrive early (doors open at 9 a.m.) because you’re going to want to plan your visit around Equine Affaire’s 150-plus educational sessions that will be presented in the Pfizer Arena and four other venues at the show. In 2010, Equine Affaire is proud to once again feature a blend of top-notch clinicians and presenters that will represent a broad spectrum of equestrian disciplines at their highest levels and ensure the presentation of a wide range of horse-training philosophies.

World-class Arabian horse trainer, Tommy Garland, will make his debut appearance at the 2010 Equine Affaire. Garland is one of the most popular, up-and-coming clinicians in the equine industry and the host of a weekly television show titled CPR for the Horse & Rider on RFD-TV that promotes a training philosophy based on Confidence, Patience and Respect. True-blue American cowboy and winner of various colt-starting challenges, Ken McNabb, will also appear for the first time in Pomona to share gentle methods for training horses and tips to help riders achieve their personal bests and forge better relationships with their horses. Richard Winters has distinguished himself as a champion trainer, competitor and coach in the reined cow horse arena as well as the winner of colt starting challenges including the 2009 Road to the Horse. With masterful communication skills, he’ll share expertise garnered from decades of experience training hundreds of horses for many disciplines.

Craig Cameron will return by popular demand and bring with him his nationally-recognized and televised Extreme Cowboy Race. A life-long rancher, working cowboy and horse trainer, Cameron has an engaging, motivational speaking style and plenty of practical horse training advice to share. Stacy Westfall was the first woman to compete in and win the Road to the Horse competition, but she is more widely-recognized for her impressive bridle-less freestyle reining presentations and her vast accomplishments in national reining events. At Equine Affaire she’ll share her expertise on horse training topics of a general nature as well as the sport she holds most dear—reining.

The English disciplines will be well-represented through sessions conducted by Jan Ebeling, Nick Karazissis and Hardy Zantke. Born in Germany, Ebeling is a highly-successful international dressage rider who most recently represented the United States at the 2009 World Cup Dressage Finals in Las Vegas. Widely recognized in the hunter/jumper community as an accomplished judge, trainer and coach, Karazissis is a tireless advocate within the hunter/jumper industry. Zantke ranks among the top combined driving competitors in North America and is a USEF “R” judge of combined driving who has promoted the sport through service with the American Driving Society and the USEF and as an author and clinician.

If it’s a western discipline that suits your fancy, you won’t be disappointed. The exciting sport of cutting will be in the capable hands of Barbra Schulte, who, in addition to being a professional cutting horse trainer, is a personal performance coach, author, equine consultant and clinician. Schulte was the first woman to capture the crowns of the NCHA Derby, NCHA Super Stakes Classic, and the August Futurity and she is also the recipient of the AQHA’s National Female Equestrian of the Year Award. Sharon Camarillo qualified four times for the National Finals Rodeo and was inducted into both the National Cowgirl and the National Cowboy Halls of Fame before turning her attention to teaching and promoting the sport of barrel racing as a clinician, author and motivational speaker. She’ll teach the ins and outs of barrel racing at Equine Affaire. Riders interested in honing their western pleasure skills will not want to miss the clinics presented by Mark Shaffer. Shaffer is the producer of the Mechanics N Motion DVD series, and he and his horses have earned dozens of National, World, and NSBA titles in Appaloosa and Quarter Horse events.

Riders who spend more time on the trail than in the show arena will appreciate clinics presented by trail-riding and trail-safety specialist Scot Hansen. With more than 30 years of experience training gaited horses and numerous regional, national and grand national championships to his credit, Larry Whitesell will show attendees how to achieve correctness and lightness in gaited horses and create smoother, safer and more dependable mounts.


WHAT: 2010 Equine Affaire
WHEN: Thursday, February 4 -
Sunday, February 7, 2010
WHERE: Fairplex at Los Angeles County Fairgrounds,
Pomona, CA
EVENT HOURS: Thurs.-Sat.: 9am-7pm
(Clinics and the Extreme Cowboy Race
will be featured in the Covered Arena until 9pm); Sun. 9am-5pm
ADMISSION: Adults* (13+): “The Single” (any one day): $16; “The Weekender” (Fri/Sat/Sun): $40; “The Eventer” (all four days): $50.
Youth (7-12): “The Single” (any one day): $10; “The Weekender” (Fri/Sat/Sun): $25; “The Eventer” (all four days): $30. No charge for 6 & Under
* Adult admission inclused a free event program. To order tickets visit www.equineaffaire.com, call 740-805-0085, or complete & 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 1/4/10, www.sheratonfairplex.com

• Hotel Claremont (3.2 mi.), 840 S. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, 909-621-4831, $89 - Expires 1/19/10, www.myhotelclaremont.com

• Shilo Hilltop Suites (4 mi.), 3101 Temple Ave., Pomona, 909-598-7666, $115 - Expires 1/22/10, www.shiloinns.com/hilltopsuites

• Shilo Hotel (4 mi.), 3200 Temple Ave., Pomona, 909-598-0073, $85 - Expires 1/22/10, www.shiloinns.com/hotel

• Extended Stay America San Dimas (4 mi.), 601 W. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, 909-394-1022, $76.99 for 1-4 - Expires 1/3/10, www.extendedstay.com

• Red Roof In San Dimas (4.8 mi.), 204 N. Village Crt., San Dimas, 909-599-2362, $71.99 - Expires 12/31/09, www.redroof.com

• Best Western Diamond Bar (5 mi.), 259 Gentle Springs Ln., Diamond Bar, 909-860-3700, $75 - Expires 1/13/10, www.bestwestern.com

• Ayres Suites (5 mi.), 21951 Golden Springs Dr., Diamond Bar, 909-860-6290, $99 - Expires 1/7/10, www.ayreshotel.com/diamondbar

• Radisson Suites Covina (6 mi.), 1211 E. Garvey St., Covina, 626-915-3441, $91 - Expires 1/20/10, www.radisson.com

• Holiday Inn Select (7 mi.), 21725 E. Gateway Center Dr., Diamond Bar, 909-860-5440, $99 - Expires 1/20/10, www.holidayinnselect.com

• Doubletree Hotel Claremont (7 mi.), 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, 909-626-2411, $109 - Expires 1/11/10, www.doubletree.com

• Extended Stay America Chino Valley (7 mi.), 4325 Corporate Center Ave., Chino, 909-597-8675, $69.99-$79.99 - Expires 1/31/10, www.extendedstay.com

CAMPING: The Fairplex KOA campground is on White Avenue 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. Office hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm ET.
740-845-0085; Fax: 740-845-2879; info@equineaffaire.com; For continuously updated information visit: www.equineaffaire.com

From Arabians to Zebras (Well, Almost)

There may not be any Zebras at Equine Affaire, but you’ll find representatives of a nice variety of equine breeds in Equine Affaire’s Breed Pavilion. Whether your heart beats faster for a Friesian or a miniature, a competitive mount or a pleasure horse, you’ll find it at Equine Affaire—along with friendly, knowledgeable breeders and representatives who’ll answer your questions about characteristics, uses, bloodlines and selection.

A Special Place for Trail Riding Enthusiasts

With retail and educational exhibits and a comprehensive program of demos on topics relating to trail riding and trail use, Equine Affaire’s new Trail Riding Pavilion will provide everything you need to enhance your trail riding experience! Whether you want to shop for a camper, research public trails, garner tips on trail riding safety, join a trail riding club, purchase a portable corral, or learn how to cook over a campfire, the Trail Riding Pavilion will be the place to prepare you and your horse to “hit the trail.”

Throw Your (Riding) Hat in the Ring

At Equine Affaire you may “Ride with the Best” in clinics on disciplines ranging from cutting, reining and barrel racing to dressage, jumping and driving. All of the clinicians presenting at the 2010 Equine Affaire will be accepting horses and riders to participate in their sessions, and clinic fees are remarkably reasonable.

Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy Race™

Horses and riders with the right stuff may also enter to compete in Craig Cameron’s exciting Extreme Cowboy Race™, a timed and judged race through a challenging obstacle course that’s designed to test your all-around equestrian savvy and horsemanship skills. At stake are $4,250 in cash and other prizes and the title of Extreme Cowboy Race Champion. Qualifying rounds will be held on Thursday and Friday evenings with the race finals on Saturday night. Thirty horse and rider teams will be selected by Craig Cameron to compete in the 2010 Extreme Cowboy Race—an event which packed the stands with an enthusiastic crowd at the 2009 Equine Affaire.

One-Stop Shopping for Horse Lovers

What’s a horse-fest without shopping? Lace up your most comfortable shoes and hoof it around Equine Affaire’s extensive trade show. This year’s event will feature more than 400 vendors offering everything from tack and apparel to horse-care items and trailers. Whether you’re planning to build a barn, replace a fence, install a riding arena or shopping for new tack, attire, artwork or DVDs, you’ll find information, manufacturers, dealers, and other sources at Equine Affaire.

Equine Affaire 2010: the Best Value Ever!

You can enjoy all that Equine Affaire has to offer—the clinics and seminars, the shopping, the specialty pavilions and Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy Race in the evening for the price of a single-day or multi-day general admission ticket. Adult admission is only $16/day and youth tickets (ages 7-12) are only $10. Adult admission will include a free souvenir program that will serve as your event 411—everything you need to know to make the most of your visit. And why not use it to collect autographs or jot some notes about key learnings while you’re at it?

If one day at Equine Affaire is good, then more are certainly better. Choose from “The Weekender” three-day (Fri-Sat-Sun) ticket for just $40 (adults) or $25 (kids) or “The Eventer,” a four-day ticket for $50 (adults) or $30 (kids). For adults, that’s a savings of $8 or $14 per person over the daily rate.

Go ahead, round up your horsey friends and barn mates and make a getaway of it. Equine Affaire makes your trip even more affordable with special room blocks and discount rates at many area hotels. Or camp with hookups and a pool at the Fairplex KOA right across the street from the event grounds.

No doubt about it: If you love horses, you can’t afford to miss Equine Affaire 2010. Whether you’re a complete novice or an experienced equestrian, there’s a lot at Equine Affaire for you.

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF THE EQUINE AFFAIRE TICKET

Those Who Make it Possible

Equine Affaire’s complement of educational activities and entertainment is made possible through generous sponsorships by dozens of equine-related companies and organizations. As you partake of all that Equine Affaire has to offer, please extend your thanks to Pfizer Animal Health, California Horsetrader, Farnam, Carson Trailer, FCP, Inc., North West Rubber Mats Ltd., All American Trailers, the United States Equestrian Federation, and the many other companies who have endorsed the educational mission of Equine Affaire through their sponsorships.

The Complete Scoop

The Equine Affaire Web site (www.equineaffaire.com) contains everything you need to make your visit a fun and successful one: admission details, directions, hotel listings, the latest roster of presenters, daily schedules, maps, and tips for making the most of your Equine Affaire experience. You can order advance tickets online or through the mail. If you’re not Web-savvy, not to worry: call the Equine Affaire headquarters at 740-845-0085 and speak to a member of our friendly, horse-loving staff, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.

We look forward to seeing you in Pomona!

Press release provided by Equine Affaire.

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF THE SCHEDULE