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Equine Extravaganza, with Rags-to-Riches Talent Search, Collaborates with Unwanted Horse Coalition

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 25, 2012 07:40

Washington, DC – August 21, 2012. The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) announces its newest member, Equine Extravaganza.

Equine Extravaganza is a Mid-Atlantic region equine trade show that occurs in Richmond, Virginia in November each year. This year marks Equine Extravaganza’s eighth anniversary and the event will occur between November 2nd and 4th. The mission of the Equine Extravaganza is to provide an annual comprehensive horse industry exposition that will promote all aspects of the Mid-Atlantic horse industry and offer a variety of educational opportunities for horse enthusiasts of all types and across all disciplines.

The Rags-to-Riches Talent Search is the newest feature of Equine Extravaganza’s Horse Rescue Initiative, which aims to promote the adoption of unwanted horses and aid for horse rescue groups. The Rags-to-Riches Talent Search will feature rescued superstar horses and their comeback journey, giving the selected rescuers and their rescued steeds the chance to share their story and strut their stuff for Equine Extravaganza fans, both online and at the event.

The competition, which will be held on November 3rd at the Equine Extravaganza, will feature these rescued horses’ talents that may range from jumping, dressage, liberty work, flatwork, tricks, barrels, or other unique abilities. The horses’ stories may be equally as heartwarming and entertaining as their talents. The goals of the competition are to showcase the rescued horses’ talents, highlight their potential as spectacular partners, and educate attendees about rescued horses and horse rescues in an effort to increase support for horse rescues nationwide.

The panel of celebrity judges will include, Harry De Layer, owner of Snowman, and Elizabeth Letts, author of The Eighty Dollar Champion, the story of Harry and Snowman. The judges will select the winner of the Rags-to-Riches competition and the winner will be awarded a cash prize. A special care package will be given to a rescue of the owner’s choice.

“Equine Extravaganza is committed to encouraging adoption of unwanted horses whenever possible,” said Vicki O’Hara, President of Equine Extravaganza. “We began our Horse Rescue Initiative 3 years ago with a showcase of horses that are available for adoption. This year we’ve taken it a step further by including our Rags-to-Riches Rescue Horse Talent Search, which will give our attendees a flavor of the magic that can happen when these horses are given a second chance.”

The UHC is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the umbrella of the American Horse Council. The Coalition’s mission is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and to improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety, and responsible care and disposition of these horses. 

“The Equine Extravaganza is an event that is truly dedicated to helping our nation’s unwanted horses and aiding rescue horses and facilities. The UHC is looking forward to collaborating with the Equine Extravaganza and the Rags-to-Riches Talent Search Competition,” said Ericka Caslin, UHC director.

For more information about Equine Extravaganza, the Rags-To-Riches Talent Search, and how you can enter your rescue horse, please visit http://www.equineextravaganza.com.

Additional information about the Unwanted Horse Coalition is available by logging on to www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org or by calling 202-296-4031.

The Unwanted Horse Coalition
The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.

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Inland NW Horse Expo moves to Spring 2013

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 10, 2012 10:57

Why the move? We wanted the Inland NW Horse Expo to be a great value for everyone involved and we know that means offering the very best in vendors, clinicians, demonstrations and services, in premium facilities.  Moving the Expo dates will allow us to do just that on May 3rd, 4th and 5th  2013!
The location remains at the Grant County Fairgrounds, but will be in the Ardell Pavilion, a venue that offers more amenities…restrooms, food concession in the building, more power, and larger vendor accommodations.  Overall, we are excited about the move to the Ardell Pavlion.  
You will still see great clinicians this spring.  Richard Shrake the creator of Resistance free® Riding and Training methods, and Resistance Free® Certified Coach Program with have session on Dressage and Reining.  Raye Lochert teaches a more effective method of communication with the horse with his sessions on Horse Problem Solving.  Rick Brighton natural gaited horsemanship helps riders improve with session to Evaluating Gaited Horse, Horsemanship for Gait, Tack for Gaited Horses and more.  Joan Curtin focuses on the rider’s need to establish pace and balance with session on how Longeing at different levels. Chrissy Wayne who will talk about Judging.  Larry Dacy sessions on More than Shoes will provide his insights as a farrier and trainers.  David Bodin the Horse Trailer Guru will have session to make your horse trailer the best for you and your horse.  Lucia Clemetson will show expo attendees the information you need to prepare your horse for the show ring with HAPS sessions.  Mike Miller from Land O Lakes will talk Nutrition and Body Scoring.  Theses clinicians will be joined by BCHW, WSU Vet Med Equine Group and more to provide great session every hour of the expo. 
Because we will be moving dates to spring we will be able to increase the number of vendors.  Many potential vendors expressed regret that they were unable to participate this Fall.  With the new dates we can add to our current roster of great companies like Triple Crown, EquiPride & EquiLix, Hoof Grid, DMA Fencing/Bayco Finish Line, and Columbia River Tack.  We encourage everyone to support these companies now and at the Expo.
In today’s economy committing to sponsoring a new event is entrepreneurial and we look forward to these companies continued support.   Postponing the Expo until May allows us to pursue additional partnerships in our commitment to make the Inland NW Horse Expo a premier event.  The Expo would also like to express our appreciation for our great sponsors; Inland Cellular, AmeriStay, Remuda Ranch Paint Horses, Big R, Danny’s Tavern and www.HorseOwnerToday.com.
Mark your calendars for May 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2013 at the Ardell Pavilion on the Grant County Fairgrounds!  Follow our progress on our website www.inlandnwhorseexpo.com or our Facebook page as we continue to update and expand the Inland NW Horse Expo!

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