Show producer Miki Nelsen and Sacramento Vice Mayor Jay Schenirer made their entrance in a horse drawn carriage as Western Staes Horse Expo presented with a special proclamation naming June 9-13, 2014 Western States Horse Expo Week in the City of Sacramento. Miki Nelson gave the City of Sacramento a special gift from the Expo. Photo courtesy of Kathy Higgins
The nation's largest and most comprehensive horse expo, Western States Horse Exp®, was held on June 13-15 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento. This three-day equine extravaganza offered action packed competitions with cash prizes, a horse sale, live demos and lectures and loads of fun for horse enthusiasts of all ages.
Now in its 16th year, Western States Horse Expo brought together record crowds from Northern California and around the country. With 140, 000 square feet of indoor space and 18 acres of outdoor grounds, this event offered something for every horse lover in the family. Special themed areas included the University, Breed Revelation, Up Close and Personal (Q and A sessions), Young Rider Park, Trail Symposium, Book Corral and Great American Truck Display. Live entertainment was provided daily in the Food Court by Nashville based singer/songwriter, Templeton Thompson.
The exhibit floor was housed in four buildings and offered a huge assortment of horse and ranch products and services featuring special show discounts as well as tons of free samples to take home. Major exhibitors such as Dale Chavez Co., Thrifty Horse, River Valley Feed, Sheldon Feed & Supply and Australian Connection set up mini-storefronts.
Over 150 horse trailers were on display and available for purchase by Sundowner of California, Trails West, FeatherLite, and Keifer as well as state of the art European-style trailers by Equi-Trek. Attendees received tons of tips from clinician favorites Bob Avila (Million Dollar Rider), Gina Miles (Olympic Silver Medalist, Pan American Gold and Bronze, Three Day Event), Richard Winters (World Reining Cowhorse Champion and A level judge), Eitan Beth-Halachmy (Father of Cowboy Dressage), Kalley Krickeberg (specialist in young horses, problem horses and liberty training techniques) and many more. Plus, Tom Mayes (Integrated Equine Therapies), Max Wilcox DVM (Equine veterinarian and surgeon) and Kori Lyn Angers (sports personal trainer and fitness educator) provided invaluable health and fitness tips for the horse and rider.
Miki Nelsen, President of Horse Expo Events, stated, "We are thrilled with the growth and enthusiasm for our event in Sacramento this year as we focused on broadening the Expo to capture new aspects of...
How is the Mn Horse expo?
I wanted to go the big azz world horse expo and didn't make it (yet). I did manage to go to the Peruvian Paso Nationals in Tx, years ago. It was a blast!!!! I still have a T shirt from it. I refuse to throw it out. lol.
A few hundred years ago I went to the Kansas City Royal. :D
No I didn't go to ride, I was totally a spectator. It was a good thing, I'd have fell off a lot due to all my rubber necking.
I know of one place you might be
Able to volunteer.
Have you ever attended the MN Horse Expo? It is held every year (3rd weekend in April) at the MN State Fairgrounds.
One year, I volunteered to walk horses for the children's pony rides. It just consisted of walking around and around, leading a horse with kids on them.
This would at least give you an opportunity to meet some other horse-centric people. Express your interest in volunteering, and get to know some people in the horse world.
I can find you a link if you are interested?