Welcome to Everything Equine 2011

Horses provide a great common ground for the whole family, and an excellent source of exercise, activity, and entertainment, whether you are mucking, grooming, riding, or just enjoying observing horse antics in the pasture. Everything Equine brings you the experts to share in their wealth of knowledge and experience to facilitate better care, management, and training (to name a few) for your own horses.

As with every year, your feedback on speakers and topics will help us plan for the 2012 program. As an added incentive, you also increase your odds of success in the prize drawings throughout the day. Your feedback on how this show helps you with your personal equine situation helps demonstrate the impact and education that Extension and Everything Equine brings to the community. Don't forget the annual computer survey - it provides us with demographic information on Vermont's Equine Industry - it is all confidential! Guy's Farm and Yard has generously donated $5 gift cards ($7.50 if you spend it at Everything Equine!) for each person that completes the computer survey. And, those little blue cards that you fill out (separate from the survey for confidentiality) go into the prize drawings as well.

Take a look at some of the changes that other attendees from previous years have incorporated into their equine facilities and practices in the article on evaluation-value in this booklet. Give us your good feedback from this and past events, as well as suggestions for the future!

Horsin' Around will be on Sunday afternoon once again, and it is being sponsored by Vermont Farm Bureau and Champlain Valley Exposition. There are several great acts and demonstrations planned for great "Edu-tainment" of the audience. This show entertains, but also exposes the equine enthusiast to various breeds, disciplines, and styles of riding. One of the neat things that resulted from the funds that went to the Vermont Farm Bureau for their efforts in organizing Horsin' Around is the new program that will be introduced at this year's Everything Equine. "Chittenden County Horse Farm of Distinction" is a program that will recognize equine businesses that are doing things right...from "curb appeal" to safe and responsible horse and land management. Find more information on the Vermont Farm Bureau website (www.vtfb.org). While it is being initiated by Chittenden County, if you are from another county, contact your county Farm Bureau officers to encourage their participation.

As always, thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors, vendors, partners, speakers, and collaborators. Without the expertise, products, and support by these folks...this event would not be near the success! Enjoy, learn, and support our exhibitors throughout the year.

Learn and enjoy!

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