2013 Ride With The Best, Including Stacy Westfall, Guy McLean, Julie Goodnight, Ken McNabb, Craig Cameron …

“Ride With The Best” Coaches, Competitors And Trainers At The 2013 Equine Affaire

Press Release:  July 1, 2013

Equine Affaire LogoWould you like to have your horse trained by one of the foremost horse trainers in the nation–or simply improve your riding skills and your communication with your horse?  Are you interested in improving your dressage test score, lowering your barrel racing run time, improving your jumping skills, fine tuning your reining patterns,  or enhancing your horse’s performance in harness? Do you want to perfect your western pleasure performance, achieve the best gaits with your easy gaited horse, or acquire skills in training mules and donkeys?  If so you won’t want to miss the opportunity to participate in the “Ride With The Best” program at Equine Affaire this November.

Horsemen from throughout the region are already planning ahead for the 2013 Equine Affaire which will take place at the Eastern States Exposition in W. Springfield, MA, on November 7th through the 10th and feature an equine-related educational program that will offer something appealing for all equestrian tastes.  Equine Affaire’s comprehensive program of more than 150 different clinics, seminars, and demonstrations will address a broad range of equine disciplines and horse-related topics and be conducted by many of the nation’s leading coaches, competitors, horse trainers, and horse management experts.  While training clinics presented at Equine Affaire will be designed to instruct horse people watching the sessions from outside of the arena, these clinics also offer unique opportunities for selected riders to bring their horses to the event and receive individual instruction and training from many of the industry’s top professionals for very reasonable clinic fees.

Most of the clinicians who will be featured at the 2013 Equine Affaire will be accepting horses and riders for their clinic sessions.   While some are seeking riders and horses with specific skills or problems to demonstrate and resolve during their clinics, others are seeking any riders interested in improving their general horsemanship and relationships with their horses.  The 2013 Equine Affaire will offer a wide range of learning opportunities—and you and your horse may be the ideal participants for one or more sessions.

The clinicians:  Among the presenters who will be participating in the 2013 “Ride With The Best” program in Massachusetts are “general” horse and horsemanship trainers Guy McLean, Julie Goodnight, Ken McNabb, Craig Cameron, and Stacy Westfall.  Those conducting clinics in English disciplines will include Phillip Dutton (eventing), Jan Ebeling and Pam Goodrich (dressage), Diane Carney (hunters and jumpers), and Daniel Stewart (equestrian sport psychology over fences).  Those offering clinics in the western disciplines will include Stacy Westfall (reining), Connie Combs (barrel racing), and Troy Green (western pleasure).  Geno Middleton will present clinics on training and riding easy gaited horses, Steve Edwards will train mules and donkeys, Clay Maier will perfect long lining skills, and Mark Bolender will share his expertise in the emerging sports of mountain trail, extreme trail, and competitive trail riding. (Consult www.equineaffaire.com for continuously-updated information on additional clinicians confirmed after press time.)

Clinic fees and how to apply: The modest clinic fees for Equine Affaire’s “Ride With The Best” program range from $70 for a single clinic to $225 for a multi-part clinic and include clinic participation, event admission, and stabling. Each clinician will select the participants for his or her sessions from written applications and videos submitted to Equine Affaire. Full clinic details and a “Ride With The Best” application are available at www.equineaffaire.com. Click on the Massachusetts event and follow the “Participate” link to information on the Ride With The Best program. Interested riders may also request an information packet and clinic application by contacting Kristen Gump at [email protected] or by calling (740) 845-0085 ext. 104. Don’t miss these special and affordable clinic opportunities; get your application materials in before the September 6th deadline!

Elevate your equestrian experience at Equine Affaire—the premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering in North America.  Browse the largest horse-related trade show in the East (including Youth and Breed Pavilions and Horse & Farm Exhibits); experience Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse—the Fantasia—on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights; and take in all of the action of Equine Affaire’s popular Versatile Horse & Rider Competition on Thursday and Friday in the coliseum.  For everything you need to know to go, visit www.equineaffaire.comAdvance tickets will be on sale through October 20th.