On March 8-10 the Meyer No Bull, Just Horses Expo took place at the Lancaster Event Center (LEC) in Lincoln, Neb. Several clinicians were on hand to give demonstrations and pointers to interested audience members, and roping, barrel racing and shooting competitions were scheduled over the weekend. Venders were also on site to provide the latest equipment and apparel to horse enthusiast.
Friday morning Matt McLaughlin kicked off the event with his first clinic of the weekend. McLaughlin has over 20 years of experience in training dressage horses, designing horse performance acts, and managing riders for solo or drill team dressage performances. His clinics showcased how to teach a horse performance skills such as bowing, and also highlighted the importance of good horsemanship.
Following McLaughlin was the first million dollar professional barrel racer, Charmayne James. Charmayne rose to fame at an early age and has since begun developing a horse breeding program with her stallion, Clayton — a genetic clone to her great barrel horse Scamper. James also tours the world providing clinics for aspiring barrel racers. Charmayne’s clinics covered the mental aspect of barrel racing, which she stressed is just as important as good horsemanship.
Two time NFR World Champion, Walt Woodward was also on hand Friday afternoon to teach clinics on selecting the right equipment for success in the roping pen, how to handle tough roping steers, and other techniques used in team roping.
Saturday got started with a bang as Nebraska’s Cowboy Mounted Shooting club, the Turkey Creek Regulators, hosted a two day, five stage shoot. Shooters came from Iowa, Missouri and Kansas to compete. A local 4-H group, the Capital City Bit and Bridle club was on hand to set balloons which helped the event go smoothly. Iowa’s Carl Watson had the fastest combined time of the weekend earning him the Men’s Overall Champion title and Jessie Warner of Nebraska claimed the Women’s Overall Title.
Another Saturday attraction was Nutrena sponsored clinician, Monty Bruce. Monty trains horses for reined cowhorse competitions and cutting. During his clinics, Bruce showed the crowd how to teach a horse to respond to training and not force the horse into learning a skill through fear.
Over the weekend the United States Team Roping Championship (USTRC) — Eastern Nebraska Championships were also held during the expo. Eleven different roping competitions were held, the highest being a No. 15 handicap won by Donnie McNeece of Bethany Missouri and Todd Reece of Winston Missouri.
Throughout the course of the weekend numerous vendors were on hand to provide the latest tools, equipment, supplies and nutritional products for horse owners. At the Nutrena booth, horse owners could bring their hay in to be tested for its nutritional value. Nebraska and Iowa Nutrena Representative Jodi Holmes discussed the importance of having the hay testing available. “It’s important for horse owners to know the quality of the hay they are giving to their animals. This information helps correctly match the right feed with each horse to meet their nutritional requirements. Not only do we strive to produce great products, but we are also here to educate owners on the nutritional needs of their horses.”
Mother Nature decided to visit the expo on Sunday, dumping inches of snow on the Lancaster Event Center. With slick traffic conditions making travel unsafe, the National Barrel Horse Association race was cancelled and many spectators stayed home to wait out the storm. However, ropers and shooters remained at the event center to finish their final stages of competition as the snow continued to pile up outside. By noon it was clear most of the competitors, and many of the vendors would require another night’s stay, and the LEC crew gladly opened all stalls for the night to safely keep the horses from the harsh weather conditions.
As the clouds broke Monday morning, competitors made their way home with the first annual Meyer No Bull Just Horses event in the books. ❖