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Everything Equine' is area's fastest growing event

One of the largest equine educational events in New England continues to grow as plans are finalized for the 2008 Everything Equine and Horses 2008 show on April 26-27 at Champlain Valley Expositions Robert E. Miller Expo Center. Part educational event, part consumer trade show and part social get-together for New England, New York and Canadian horse lovers - Everything Equine is a valuable resource for everyone in the equine industry to get the latest health and equine care information through some 60 seminars and demonstrations. Advance discount tickets go on sale March 1 at a variety of outlets. The annual show, named Event of the Year in 2006 by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, spotlights the impact horse owners have on the states economy and the many ways horses are used from sport to work. In the past, organizers say, Everything Equine itself has generated approximately $2 million dollars in economic impact to Vermont and the region. 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, nutrition supplements, and equine-related supplies. Meanwhile, over 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. Limited vendor space is available for the April 26-27 show. We are excited about the increased interest businesses are showing in being a part of this growing show, said Stephen Mease, communications director for the Expo. Everything Equine is expected to attract more than 7,000 visitors over the weekend. For information about being an exhibitor, call Susan Petrie at (802) 878-5545, email spetrie@cvexpo.org or visit http://cvexpo.org/eevendors.aspx. 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. 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 Variety Show also offers horse enthusiasts a way to see horses in action. The popular Saturday evening show begins at 7 pm. Admission is separate for the variety show and tickets are limited. Everything Equine is sponsored by University of Vermont Extension, Poulin Grain, Inc., Purina Mills, Guys Farm and Yard, Blue Seal Feeds, Inc., Horsemens Yankee Pedlar, The Equine Journal, The Horse Works, Tonys Tack Shop, Nutrena and the Champlain Valley Exposition. For updated Equine show information, visit http://cvexpo.org/equine.aspx

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