LANC., PA 17604
Vol. 20 No.1
Our 20th Year
February 2013
The weather outside may be
frightful, but inside the 25-acre
climate-controlled Pennsylvania
Farm Show Complex and Expo
Center, tens of thousands of
horse enthusiasts will be warm
and comfy and dreaming of the
warm weather riding season
to come. The eleventh annual
Pennsylvania Horse World Expo
will bring the nation’s leading
equestrian clinicians and enter-
tainers, and tens of thousands
of horse owners eager to learn
from them, to Harrisburg, PA, for
four non-stop days of education,
entertainment and shopping,
February 21-24.
Horse World Expo is two
events in one. The Expo itself
features national and internation-
al clinicians teaching riders to
train their own horses, and unpar-
alleled shopping with everything
imaginable for horses under one
Theatre Equus, AMusical
Equine Revue
is a professionally
choreographed and scripted show
in which humans and horses
partner to perform remark-
able feats of daring and beauty.
Geared to all ages, Theatre Equus
features approximately two hours
of family entertainment starring
horses -- part circus, part Wild
West show, part equestrian ballet.
Eleventh Annual Pennsylvania Horse World Expo Features 100
Day Thoroughbred Challenge, Top Clinicians, Theatre Equus
Performances by about thirty of
the country’s most highly trained
horses are accompanied by music,
enhanced lighting and narration.
Four off-the-track thorough-
breds will embark on new careers
as part of the 100 Day Thor-
oughbred Challenge. The horses
began their training on December
1 at Dodon Farm in Maryland
and appeared at Maryland Horse
World Expo, January 18-20. At
Pennsylvania Horse World Expo,
they will be judged on conforma-
tion, movement, jumping ability
and trainability by guest riders,
judges, and online fans, and some
will be offered for sale at the end
of the 100 days. One of the thor-
oughbreds, Declan’s Moon, won
an Eclipse Award for his unde-
feated two year old performance.
Forced off the Triple Crown trail
by an injury, he went on to race
thirteen more times before being
retired, and will now embark on a
new career.
The Trail Champions Chal-
lenge, a timed and judged event
in which competitors negotiate a
difficult set of obstacles that test
athleticism, horsemanship and the
communication and bond between
horse and rider, will return for the
second year. The exciting and
entertaining competition features
horse and rider combinations
from throughout the region that
are judged on the quality of
horsemanship at each obstacle.
Many of the country’s most
accomplished horse trainers pres-
ent seminars on training by day,
and dazzle audiences by night
(Friday and Saturday only) with
their amazing performances in
Theatre Equus. Among them
is trick trainer, movie trainer,
stuntman and “Equine Extremist”
Tommie Turvey, Jr., whose horses
trust him so completely they
accomplish dangerous stunts no
other horse trainer has attempted.
Those amazed by Turvey’s per-
formance during Theatre Equus,
can, during his Pennsylvania
Horse World Expo seminars,
watch him teach his horses to
do tricks like lying relaxed on
their backs, feet in the air, before
crowds of thousands.
In addition to top equestrian
clinicians—including Robert
Dover, four time Olympic med-
alist in dressage--and perform-
ers, the 11th annual Pennsyl-
vania Horse World Expo will
feature hundreds of vendors, and
equines of all breeds and disci-
plines. Vendors will fill more
than 500 booths and 180,000
square feet of exhibit space with
an overwhelming selection of
horse related merchandise for
browsing and buying. Visitors
can learn about a variety of
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Eclipse winner Declan’s Moon (above left) is one of four off-the-track thoroughbreds competing in the
100 Day Thoroughbred Challenge, which started December 1 and will finish up at the Pennsylvania Horse
World Expo on Saturday, February 23. The horses, including (top to bottom, right) Gunport, Suave Jazz
and Alluring Punch, will be judged on conformation, movement, jumping ability and trainability.
Photo credits: © 2013 Sarah Andrew
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