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18th Annual Horsin’ Around Conference begins Feb. 12

LINCOLN, Neb. – The 2011 Horsin’ Around conference will be Feb. 12-13, 2011, at the RB Warren Arena in the Animal Science Complex on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus.

This year’s event will feature Western Pleasure, Showmanship and Western Riding. The registration for the event opens Jan. 3 and closes Feb. 7. The 2011 conference will be limited to the first 450 paid registrations, and some past conferences have sold out, said Kathy Anderson, extension horse specialist at UNL.

Shane Dowdy, 2010 National Snaffle Bit Association Hall of Fame inductee, of Wetherford, Texas, will be the featured trainer.

“He has accomplished success in training and showing Western Pleasure horses like no other,” Anderson said.

In 2004, Dowdy showed the American Quarter Horse Association World Champion Junior, Senior and 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure horses, as well as trained the AQHA World Champion Amateur and AQHA Select World Champion and Reserve World Champion.

“Shane is an innovator in his training methods and prides himself in having broke horses that stay fresh,” Anderson said. “He has developed a reputation for one of the best clinicians available. His clinics are more than just about Western Pleasure. Shane brings a straight-forward no nonsense approach that works for people of all ages and skill levels.”

For more information about Dowdy, visit his website at http://www.shanedowdy.com/.

Other presenters include Jamie Hartman of Marshfield, Mo., who comes from a three-generation horse family that has dedicated themselves to teaching and working with youth and adults of all levels. She thoroughly enjoys helping riders advance their horses beyond Western Pleasure and will present ways to advance horses to Western Riding and Showmanship.

In addition, Anderson will present “Horse Show Trends and Fads From a Judge’s Point of View,” and Lisa Karr-Lilienthal, UNL Equestrian team advisor, will present “What is a University Equestrian Team?”

The clinic is open to participants of all ages. Adult registration is $30 for the weekend or $20 for one day. For youth 18 and under, registration is $20 for both days or $15 for one. If the clinic doesn’t sell out, adult registration will be available at the door for $40 for the weekend and $25 for one day. Youth registration at the door will be $30 for the weekend and $20 for one day. Seating will be assigned by section on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information or to preregister, call (402) 472-6411 or e-mail kanderson1@unl.edu.