February 2015 Issue - page 7

February 2015
Page 7
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Equine Affaire, held April 9-
12 in Columbus, OH, offers op-
portunities for horses and riders
to participate and win prizes.
OnApril 9 and 10, the Versatile
Horse & Rider Competition will
showcase riders tackling a chal-
lenging obstacle course in pursuit
of $5,500 in cash. The competition
will feature traditional and well as
highly unusual trail obstacles such
as jumping over or through struc-
tures, backing through a pattern,
pole bending and/or roll backs, gait
changes, various gymkhana games,
working gates, and riding over or
through difficult or spooky objects.
Cash prizes will be awarded
to the top four contestants with the
first place team receiving $2,500
and the title of Versatile Horse &
Rider Competition Champion and
the second, third, and fourth place
teams receiving $1,750, $1,000,
and $250 respectively.
Competition is open to all
riders age 18 years and older and
horses of all breeds and disci-
plines. All horse and rider teams
will compete against each other;
there will be no “divisions” based
on gender or age. Amaximum
of 30 horse/rider teams will be
pre-selected based on application
materials to participate in the Ver-
satile Horse & Rider Competition.
An application, video and
$350 entry fee, which includes
stabling Wednesday through
Friday and a four-day ticket to
Equine Affaire, is due February 16.
Contestants will be notified March
2. Click on the ‘Participate’ link at
or phone
(740) 845-0085 ext. 104.
Horse owners can also partici-
pate in more than 50 clinic sessions
on a wide range of equestrian disci-
plines. The “Ride With The Best”
program enables selected partici-
pants to ride, drive, and have their
horses trained in clinics conducted
by many of the nation’s foremost
coaches, competitors, judges, and
horse trainers—for clinic fees de-
signed to fit almost any budget.
Among the presenters are
general horse and horsemanship
trainers Chris Cox, Guy McLean,
John Lyons, Dan James, and Julie
Goodnight; western clinicians Scott
McFarland (reining), Doug Leasor
(barrel racing and pole bending),
Kevin Oliver (ranch horse versatil-
ity), Barbra Schulte (cutting), and
Tom Chown (western pleasure/
horsemanship/showmanship); and
English trainers George Williams
and Jane Savoie (dressage), Drew
Emnett (hunter under saddle), Gay-
le Lampe (English pleasure/sad-
dleseat). Gary Lane will present
sessions on training and riding easy
gaited horses.
Guy McLean and Dan James
will each train one unbroke horse
to be ridden, and applications
are being taken for halter broke
horses ready to be started under
saddle. Not a race or competition,
the “Foundation First” clinics
will focus on creating the proper
foundation when training a horse
to be ridden and on progressing at
the rate that is appropriate for the
individual horse.
Applications Being
Accepted to Ride at
Equine Affaire
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