February 2014 Issue - page 1

LANC., PA 17604
Vol. 21 No.2
Our 21st Year
February 2014
The 12th Annual Pennsylvania Horse World Expo
Features Trail Champions Challenge, Equi-Tainment, Top Clinicians, Theatre Equus
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West show, part equestrian ballet.
Performances by about thirty
of the country’s most highly
trained horses are accompanied
by music, enhanced lighting and
Trail Champions Chal-
, a timed and judged event
in which competitors ages 10
and up negotiate a difficult set
of obstacles that test athleticism,
horsemanship and the communi-
cation and bond between horse
and rider, has proven so popular
The world of horses comes
to the 25-acre climate-controlled
Pennsylvania Farm Show Com-
plex and Expo Center February
27- March 2. The four days of
non-stop education, entertain-
ment and shopping comprise the
mid-Atlantic region’s largest and
longest running equestrian expo.
Scores of horses of all breeds
and disciplines and the nation’s
leading equestrian clinicians and
entertainers draw tens of thou-
sands of horse enthusiasts from
across the region and beyond to
Harrisburg, PA.
Horse World Expo is two
events in one. The Expo itself
features national and internation-
al clinicians teaching riders to
train their own horses, competi-
tions and showcases for regional
horses and riders, and unparal-
leled shopping with everything
imaginable for horses and horse
lovers under one roof.
atre Equus, AMusical Equine
, a professionally choreo-
graphed and scripted show in
which humans and horses partner
to perform remarkable feats of
daring and beauty, will be held
the evenings of February 28 and
March 1 in conjunction with
the Expo. Geared to all ages,
Theatre Equus is an evening of
family entertainment starring
horses -- part circus, part Wild
two sets of riders will compete
this year. The exciting and enter-
taining competition features horse
and rider combinations from
throughout the region, competing
for cash prizes, which are judged
on the quality of horsemanship at
each obstacle.
Stars of the Thoroughbred
will feature four of
the competitors from the Retired
Racehorse Training Project’s
Thoroughbred Makeover and
National Symposium held at
Pimlico Racecourse in Octo-
ber. Four trainers – two teenage
girls, two adults—will compete
with their former Thoroughbred
racehorses in a multi-discipline
challenge to be judged by a panel
of guest judges.
AMusical Equine Variety Show
presents drill teams, freestyle
dressage, western dressage, tricks
and other exciting and entertain-
ing displays of horsemanship.
Other featured exhibitions are
the Parade of Breeds, Opening
Ceremonies, and Stallion Avenue
Demonstration, each held daily.
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.
Equine Extremist Tommie Turvey and his band of highly trained horses and dogs will appear at the
12th annual Pennsylvania Horse World Expo, February 27-March 2 at the Farm Show Complex in
Harrisburg, PA. Turvey will dazzle audiences in Theatre Equus on Friday and Saturday nights, and
teach seminars on his training methods each day of the Expo.
Photo credit: Dan Nissley/kingbarns.com
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