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Horse heaven at Champlain Valley Exposition

ESSEX JUNCTION Horses big and small will be the focus this weekend at Everything Equine one of New Englands largest equine educational events. The Everything Equine and Horses 2008 show runs Saturday and Sunday (April 26-27) at Champlain Valley Expositions Robert E. Miller Expo Centre. The annual show, spotlights the impact horse owners have on the states economy and the many ways horses are used from sport to work. This years theme, Unbridled Enthusiasm captures the spirit of the popular show which is part educational event, part consumer trade show and part social get-together for New England, New York and Canadian horse lovers. New this year is the only Northeast stop of the 2008 Breyers Model Horse Tour with a luncheon, speakers and collectible Caliente model only available at the show. Separate registration is required for the full day of workshops and seminars on collecting and showing the model horses. Call 878-5112 for information. A Live Model Horse Show on Sunday is open to the public in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion with admission to Everything Equine. Hours for the show are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Advance tickets are $8, day of show $10. A two-day pass is available for $14 and kids under 5 are free with an adult. Everything Equine is a family-friendly resource for everyone in the equine industry to get the latest health and equine care information through some 60 seminars and demonstrations. Everything Equine is a great place for families or individuals who are considering buying or leasing a horse. Theres a full range of experts who can help you make the right decision about getting a horse, said Stephen Mease, Communications Director for the Exposition. Everything Equine and Horses 2008 provides a premier venue for businesses and organizations serving the equine industry in the Northeast. During the two-day show exhibitors will display their latest equipment, See EQUINE, page 6 Equine From page 1 nutrition supplements and equine-related supplies. Meanwhile, in the seminar rooms and Poulin Grain Horse Arena and Purina Mills Demonstration Pen, horse-lovers will have a chance to meet and learn from Olympic dressage rider and coach Jane Savoie, who was part of the first Everything Equine four years ago. Her appearance is sponsored by Blue Seal Feed and Triple Crown Nutrition. The regional Horses 2008 symposium returns to Vermont this year, bringing an array of workshops and educational opportunities. The Horses educational event rotates between Cornell University, Rutgers University and the University of Vermont, and is a collaborative effort to provide cutting edge information to equine extension clientele in the Northeast. In the past, equine experts from University of Maryland, University of Delaware, and Penn State have also contributed to this regional activity. This is the 6th year that the event has been held and the third time that UVM has sponsored hosted it at Everything Equine. A full line-up of nationally-known experts will provide information about equine health, training and driving, saddle fitting, dentistry, alternative therapies, emergency aid and more. Seminar topics range from nutrition, health to equine reproduction. There are workshops on spring tune-up: conditioning tips, using music in training and how to turn your horse hobby into a viable business. There will be a series of seminars aimed at helping the first-time or novice horse owner get off to successful start. The annual Horsin Around Equine Variety Show also offers horse enthusiasts a great way to see horses in action, according to organizer Lynne Beebe. These horses and riders will educate, entertain and dazzle the crowd, she noted. The popular Saturday evening show begins at 7 pm. Admission is $12 and is separate from Everything Equine. Tickets are limited and proceeds benefit the Vermont Horse Council. For ticket information, visit www.cvexpo.org.

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