SALMON, ID – In celebration of the Idaho Horse Expo’s 27th anniversary, this year’s theme will be “Our Stars, ” with a majority of the activities spotlighting the talents of regional clinicians as well as local youth and organizations.
The three day event is scheduled for April 19-21 at the Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho.
Clinics will cover such topics as dressage, carriage driving, barrel racing, reining and obstacle work.
Some of the clinicians include:
• Shannon Allison, a well-known and respected trainer in the Treasure Valley for over 20 years.
“I do not use complicated systems or gimmicks, ” stated Allison. “There are no ‘secret tricks’ to my teachings. I make it easy to understand.”
He won the 2007 Idaho Horse Expo Round Pen Challenge and the 2011NRHA Pro Rookie title in Nampa. He’s also a certified Trail Trial judge.
• Jeff Spencer, a native Idahoan, has been a professional trainer for over 30 years and owns Spencer Training in Eagle, Idaho.
He was instrumental in developing the horsemanship program at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. Spencer specializes in diagnosing and treating equine behavior problems.
• Alice Trindle, of T&T Horsemanship in Oregon, combines the knowledge of classical dressage with her heritage of the working cow horse to assist humans in finding a willing partnership with their horse.
• Linda Kaye Hollingsworth Jones, of Willow Grove Ranch Performance Horses, has shown in multiple disciplines as well as driving horses in Combined Driving Events, breed and open competition.
Driving Amanda Horton’s Arabian horse, Nabor’s Grey Tandolyn, the pair recently won the National Champion- ship in Carriage Driving-Ride and Drive and a Reserve National Championship in Carriage Driving-Reinsmanship at the 2012 Arabian Sport Horse Nationals.
• Henry Nabel, currently training at the 3K Ranch in Star, Idaho, was born and raised in Germany where he was introduced to horse training by European working cow horse and reining champion, Hartmut Keuchel.
• Megan Pugh, owner of Turning Point Equestrian in Eagle, Idaho, trains horses and riders from pre-training to Grand Prix level dressage.
Other clinicians include barrel racing trainer, Katie Davis, Erica Greenwood, the current Miss Rodeo Idaho, Dee Craig, and Matt Zimmerman.
Presented by the Idaho Horse Council, (IHC) this equine extravaganza offers something for the whole family with educational clinics and seminars, youth-oriented activities, and a wide range of commercial vendors featuring the latest in fashion, art, and home décor as well as items for all your equine and stable needs.
And if you’re looking for a horse, check out the private treaty, Blue Ribbon Horse Sale. A variety of breeds will be on display with many competing in the Friday night Challenge of the Breeds and the Stallions on Parade.
Local youth will also play a big role in the expo’s presentations.
Members of the Boise Pony Club, various drill teams and 4-H clubs will help with the evening presentations and offer special programs for the youth. Some of the 4-H’ers are involved with a program that pairs 4-H’ers with equines from the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program.
The youth work with selected weanlings and yearlings to help gentle and train them so they are more adoptable. During the expo, the youth will exhibit the equines that will then be available for adoption.
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