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    Here comes HORSE EXPO Pomona

    Special to the Horsetrader - January 21st, 2016 - Cover Story, Special Section

    1601BwpcoverPOMONA– One of the fastest growing expos in the U.S., California’s Horse Expo Pomona comes to the L.A. County Fairplex Feb. 5-7. In three short days, you can catch up on the latest training and education, shop the nation’s premier equine vendors and connect with your horse friends. Attending the Expo is a low-cost, high quality way to stay engaged in the horse industry, making sure you have the tools, knowledge and products to help make the most of your investment in the horse owning lifestyle year round.

    Shopping
    No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find best-in-class solutions in every equine category. Great deals and custom one-of-a-kind craftsmanship abound in equal measure, ensuring something for every horse person to appreciate! This year, there are several new, exciting vendors with innovative products, like Big Mare (see page 20).

    Charles Wilhelm Ultimate Super Horse Challenge:
    The Ultimate Super Horse Challenge is a competition consisting of five different events created to show the communication and relationship between the horse and rider, as well as the competitor’s horsemanship and riding skills at the walk, trot and canter. The courses are designed to showcase the versatility of the horse in a variety of areas. A Super Horse is a horse that can go on the trail one day, compete in a Cowboy Dressage test the next, participate in a parade, work cows and more! As the horse and rider work through each event, they will be judged on several criteria, as well as overall performance. Competitors will compete for great prizes, including a saddle and the title of Ultimate Super Horse Champion.

    Trail Symposium:
    The Trail Symposium offers every topic imaginable about trail riding, horse camping, and the preservation of our trails. The majority of horse owners are trail riders — and trail riders today are continuously challenged with losing trails throughout the country. At Horse Expo Pomona, politicians and trail enthusiasts gather to discuss how to keep our horse trails open and maintained, now and in the future, and how to work in harmony with state and federal officials who oversee many of these trails. Politics aside, the Trail Symposium also features experts who teach how to properly tie a horse to an overhead line, how to safely tie to trees (in ways that protect the tree too), taking the mystery out of campfire cooking (including cooking everything from biscuits to cakes in a Dutch oven), and where the best horse camping spots are. Want to learn about horse camping protocol? The Trail Symposium covers all aspects about horse camping, including trailering advice, portable corrals, feeding and watering in a camping situation, what the U.S. Forest Service requires regarding feed and hay, and wildlife information.

    Horse Expo University:
    Horse Expo University is a horse-free classroom setting which showcases lectures from leading experts in equine research, health, nutrition, fitness, training and behavior. Come armed with questions and your notebook!

    Breed Revelation:
    Horse Expo Pomona brings the finest horses of each breed to exhibit that specific breed’s strengths and abilities. The 10 breeds selected are shown in a high quality, in-hand demonstration arena.

    Young Rider Park:
    Great fun awaits all those who attend the Young Rider Park. From tykes to teenagers, anyone who is an aspiring rider can have fun with the wide variety of activities available. The Young Rider Park is a safe and fun place for anyone enthusiastic about horses. There will be American Vaulting Association activities, 4-H activities, horse shoe painting, making horse cookies and more!

     

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