The 44th Equine Affaire Promises a Celebration of the Horse

October 3, 2011–Coming November 10-13 in W. Springfield, MA, Equine Affaire?s legendary educational program forms the cornerstone of the event. Soak up information and advice at a virtual ?smorgasbord? of more than 230 clinics, seminars, and demonstrations on a wide variety of equestrian sports and horse training, management, health, and business topics. Equine Affaire?s roster of presenters will include Olympians; World and National Champion riders; Pan Am Games, WEG, and NFR competitors; popular equestrian TV personalities; authors; course designers; judges; veterinarians; professors, and other top industry professionals from throughout the United States and beyond.

Shop the Largest Equine-Related Trade Show in the East

Enjoy one-stop shopping at Equine Affaire?s huge trade show?simply the best place to shop for all of your horse and rider needs. More than 475 of the nation’s leading equine-related retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and organizations will fill five exhibit halls and many of the outdoor areas in between. Browse acres of informative exhibits and equine products ranging from tack, riding apparel, artwork, gifts, and grooming supplies to fencing, stalls, barns, farm equipment, and horse trailers.

We’re excited to announce that we’ve redesigned the trade show floor plan in the Mallary Complex to accommodate the on-going demand for exhibit space at the event as well as to expand the offerings to attendees. We’re reduced the size and number of bulk spaces in order to add more than 120 new exhibit booths in the north and south halves of the building and create a floor plan that will mimic that of the Better Living Center. Attendees will see a lot of new exhibitors as this year’s event as well as an impressive New Product Showcase in the Mallary Complex.

Find the Horse of Your Dreams at the Breed Pavilion and Horse & Farm Exhibits

More than 40 breeds of horses from North America, Europe, and beyond will be featured in Equine Affaire?s hugely popular Breed Pavilion and Horse & Farm Exhibits area. Representatives of national and regional breed associations and color registries will be available to answer your questions about their breeds, and a rotating cast of equines from miniatures to drafts and from stock horses to sport horses will be on exhibit and presented in hand for ?up close and personal? evaluation. Breed demonstrations conducted in the clinic arenas will provide opportunities to appreciate the conformation, characteristics, and aptitudes of different breeds. The Horse & Farm Exhibits will complement the Breed Pavilion and be the perfect place to connect with representatives of individual breeding farms and training stables to research breeds of horses, horses for sale, stallions at stud, riding lessons, and training and boarding facilities throughout New England.

Our Popular Youth Pavilion & Stone Horses Celebrity Horse Showcase

Equine Affaire recognizes the importance of the next generation of horsemen through its Youth Pavilion where young horse enthusiasts will find exhibits by horse-related youth organizations, a demo ring with presentations specifically geared to the interests and needs of young riders, breed spotlights, and a host of fun activities including model horse painting, a trivia quest, stick horse making, and a stick horse rodeo. Famous equines from the competition and cinematic arenas will be on display and ready for photo ops at the Celebrity Horse Showcase.

The Fantastic Pfizer Fantasia

Produced on Thursday through Saturday evenings, the Pfizer Fantasia is Equine Affaire’s signature ?musical celebration of the horse.? From Black Beauty to the Black Stallion, the horse is the stuff of dreams . . . and fantasy meets reality at the Pfizer Fantasia. This special equine musical revue will feature a star-studded lineup of professional equestrian performers, exceptional horses choreographed to a wide variety of musical styles, and a touch of magic! (Separate ticket is required.)

Catch All of the Action at the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition

Open to adult riders of all disciplines and horses of all breeds, Equine Affaire?s exciting Versatile Horse & Rider Competition will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the coliseum. In this fast-paced competition 30 pre-selected horse and rider teams will race at top speeds through an obstacle course designed to test communication between horse and rider and push the contestants out of their ?comfort zones.? Come and cheer on your favorite competitors as they tackle challenging obstacles and horsemanship tests and race to the finish line for $5500 in cash and other prizes!

Equine Affaire is an ARIA Test Site

Equine Affaire is proud to be an official testing center for the American Riding Instructor Association. The 2011 test will be held in the Young Building at the event on Saturday, November 12th. Participants in the test must register in advance, and registration materials must be received by the American Riding Instructors Association at least 30 days in advance of November 12th. For more information on the American Riding Instructors Association and testing registration, visit the ARIA website or call (239) 948-3232.