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2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo was a big hit with area horse lovers

Guy McLean brought his horses from Australia to participate in the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo.

Horse lovers from around the Rocky Mountain region gathered at the Stock Show complex in Denver, Colo., for a weekend of celebrating all things ‘horse’. There were big horses, little horses, and a few really big horses. There were horse books, horse ‘art’, and lots of just plain ‘stuff’ for horses. There were show horses, working horses, and dancing horses.

There were over 40 presenters or clinicians on hand to teach you how to ‘celebrate’, ‘engage’, ‘retrain’, ‘understand’, or ‘connect with’ your horse. Or perhaps you need to ‘shoe’, ‘heal’, ‘photograph’, ‘trust’, or engage in ‘Neuro-Emotional technique’ with your horse.

Bill Scebbi, Executive Director of the Colorado Horse Council, has made sure there was something for everyone at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, “We have increased our venues this year. Those venues include all educational venues and a venue so that people can actually ride with their horses inside the Expo. We offer free Expo Clinics that have been outstanding. People have really enjoyed it. Where they can spend five or six hours with their favorite clinician prior to the Expo starting and then they follow the clinician’s clinic throughout the entire weekend.”

The Trade Show is a big part of the Horse Expo as it brings together vendors from all parts of the country and gives patrons purchasing and information opportunities that reach far beyond the local area. From a business point of view, a healthy Trade Show provides funds to make the 2012 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo bigger and better than this year.

Director Scebbi said, “We have had a phenomenal Trade Show area representing all parts of the industry both from a retail stand point, and services being provided to the industry. We have a great opportunity in really spreading the word in networking with various horse people with new items and new services that are being offered throughout the Rocky Mountain area.”

Another measure of the strength of the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo and how much it has grown is in the number of different breed organizations that are represented and how much of the extensive Stock Show Complex barn area is utilized. “The barn area has been full.” Executive Director Bill Scebbi said, “We rented every stall in the barn – representing twenty five different breeds.”

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Scebbi also commented on the newest member of the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo family of shows for the horse lover, “Also included this year was the Colorado Pinnacle Horse Show, which is a horse show for miniatures. We started the Pinnacle Horse Show on Thursday at the Expo and we continued it through Friday and Saturday.” Scebbi continued, “That provides a great networking opportunity for the miniature horse and also show ponies in the Rocky Mountain region.”

Besides the addition of the miniature horse show, the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo added a mounted shooting contest presented by the Colorado Mounted Thunder which are members of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA). There are many that consider Mounted Shooting to be the fastest growing equine sport in the United States. The CMSA is the largest of the mounted shooting associations and has member clubs across America and in Europe.

All of this has gone into making the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo bigger and better than last year. “I’m estimating our attendance at between 15 and 20,000.” said Bill Scebbi, “We have been blessed with very good weather this weekend and I am encouraged by the participation of, not only the various horse breeds and horse owners, but also the spectators as well.”

The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is supported and produced by the Colorado Horse Development Authority. In addition, the Horse Development Authority provides funding for different research projects and scholarships in the Rocky Mountain region to promote the horse industry. One of the ways that the Authority raises funds for these projects is through the “Support the Horse” automobile license plate.

In 2008 Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 178 into law creating a special license plate honoring the contributions that the horse industry makes to the culture and economy of Colorado. A portion of the sale of the plate goes directly to the Colorado Horse Development Authority, which, in turn, supports the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo.

Unfortunately, the economic downturn, has adversely affected the sale of the “Support the Horse” license plates, and if the sales quota is not met by 6/30/2011, the program will be discontinued and the Colorado Horse Development Authority will lose an estimated $45,000. That is money that will not be going towards next year’s Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. It will not be going to research projects, educational programs, and scholarships.

This is not your basic ‘vanity’ plate. It will show everyone that you “Support the Horse.” It is your chance to give back to the horse in Colorado and get a very cool license plate in the process. Contact the Horse Development Authority at (303) 292-4981 or http://www.CHDA.org to order your “Support the Horse” license plates.

Horse lovers from around the Rocky Mountain region gathered at the Stock Show complex in Denver, Colo., for a weekend of celebrating all things ‘horse’. There were big horses, little horses, and a few really big horses. There were horse books, horse ‘art’, and lots of just plain ‘stuff’ for horses. There were show horses, working horses, and dancing horses.

There were over 40 presenters or clinicians on hand to teach you how to ‘celebrate’, ‘engage’, ‘retrain’, ‘understand’, or ‘connect with’ your horse. Or perhaps you need to ‘shoe’, ‘heal’, ‘photograph’, ‘trust’, or engage in ‘Neuro-Emotional technique’ with your horse.

Bill Scebbi, Executive Director of the Colorado Horse Council, has made sure there was something for everyone at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, “We have increased our venues this year. Those venues include all educational venues and a venue so that people can actually ride with their horses inside the Expo. We offer free Expo Clinics that have been outstanding. People have really enjoyed it. Where they can spend five or six hours with their favorite clinician prior to the Expo starting and then they follow the clinician’s clinic throughout the entire weekend.”

The Trade Show is a big part of the Horse Expo as it brings together vendors from all parts of the country and gives patrons purchasing and information opportunities that reach far beyond the local area. From a business point of view, a healthy Trade Show provides funds to make the 2012 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo bigger and better than this year.

Director Scebbi said, “We have had a phenomenal Trade Show area representing all parts of the industry both from a retail stand point, and services being provided to the industry. We have a great opportunity in really spreading the word in networking with various horse people with new items and new services that are being offered throughout the Rocky Mountain area.”

Another measure of the strength of the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo and how much it has grown is in the number of different breed organizations that are represented and how much of the extensive Stock Show Complex barn area is utilized. “The barn area has been full.” Executive Director Bill Scebbi said, “We rented every stall in the barn – representing twenty five different breeds.”

Scebbi also commented on the newest member of the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo family of shows for the horse lover, “Also included this year was the Colorado Pinnacle Horse Show, which is a horse show for miniatures. We started the Pinnacle Horse Show on Thursday at the Expo and we continued it through Friday and Saturday.” Scebbi continued, “That provides a great networking opportunity for the miniature horse and also show ponies in the Rocky Mountain region.”

Besides the addition of the miniature horse show, the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo added a mounted shooting contest presented by the Colorado Mounted Thunder which are members of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA). There are many that consider Mounted Shooting to be the fastest growing equine sport in the United States. The CMSA is the largest of the mounted shooting associations and has member clubs across America and in Europe.

All of this has gone into making the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo bigger and better than last year. “I’m estimating our attendance at between 15 and 20,000.” said Bill Scebbi, “We have been blessed with very good weather this weekend and I am encouraged by the participation of, not only the various horse breeds and horse owners, but also the spectators as well.”

The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is supported and produced by the Colorado Horse Development Authority. In addition, the Horse Development Authority provides funding for different research projects and scholarships in the Rocky Mountain region to promote the horse industry. One of the ways that the Authority raises funds for these projects is through the “Support the Horse” automobile license plate.

In 2008 Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 178 into law creating a special license plate honoring the contributions that the horse industry makes to the culture and economy of Colorado. A portion of the sale of the plate goes directly to the Colorado Horse Development Authority, which, in turn, supports the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo.

Unfortunately, the economic downturn, has adversely affected the sale of the “Support the Horse” license plates, and if the sales quota is not met by 6/30/2011, the program will be discontinued and the Colorado Horse Development Authority will lose an estimated $45,000. That is money that will not be going towards next year’s Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. It will not be going to research projects, educational programs, and scholarships.

This is not your basic ‘vanity’ plate. It will show everyone that you “Support the Horse.” It is your chance to give back to the horse in Colorado and get a very cool license plate in the process. Contact the Horse Development Authority at (303) 292-4981 or http://www.CHDA.org to order your “Support the Horse” license plates.

Horse lovers from around the Rocky Mountain region gathered at the Stock Show complex in Denver, Colo., for a weekend of celebrating all things ‘horse’. There were big horses, little horses, and a few really big horses. There were horse books, horse ‘art’, and lots of just plain ‘stuff’ for horses. There were show horses, working horses, and dancing horses.

There were over 40 presenters or clinicians on hand to teach you how to ‘celebrate’, ‘engage’, ‘retrain’, ‘understand’, or ‘connect with’ your horse. Or perhaps you need to ‘shoe’, ‘heal’, ‘photograph’, ‘trust’, or engage in ‘Neuro-Emotional technique’ with your horse.

Bill Scebbi, Executive Director of the Colorado Horse Council, has made sure there was something for everyone at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, “We have increased our venues this year. Those venues include all educational venues and a venue so that people can actually ride with their horses inside the Expo. We offer free Expo Clinics that have been outstanding. People have really enjoyed it. Where they can spend five or six hours with their favorite clinician prior to the Expo starting and then they follow the clinician’s clinic throughout the entire weekend.”

The Trade Show is a big part of the Horse Expo as it brings together vendors from all parts of the country and gives patrons purchasing and information opportunities that reach far beyond the local area. From a business point of view, a healthy Trade Show provides funds to make the 2012 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo bigger and better than this year.

Director Scebbi said, “We have had a phenomenal Trade Show area representing all parts of the industry both from a retail stand point, and services being provided to the industry. We have a great opportunity in really spreading the word in networking with various horse people with new items and new services that are being offered throughout the Rocky Mountain area.”

Another measure of the strength of the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo and how much it has grown is in the number of different breed organizations that are represented and how much of the extensive Stock Show Complex barn area is utilized. “The barn area has been full.” Executive Director Bill Scebbi said, “We rented every stall in the barn – representing twenty five different breeds.”

Scebbi also commented on the newest member of the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo family of shows for the horse lover, “Also included this year was the Colorado Pinnacle Horse Show, which is a horse show for miniatures. We started the Pinnacle Horse Show on Thursday at the Expo and we continued it through Friday and Saturday.” Scebbi continued, “That provides a great networking opportunity for the miniature horse and also show ponies in the Rocky Mountain region.”

Besides the addition of the miniature horse show, the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo added a mounted shooting contest presented by the Colorado Mounted Thunder which are members of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA). There are many that consider Mounted Shooting to be the fastest growing equine sport in the United States. The CMSA is the largest of the mounted shooting associations and has member clubs across America and in Europe.

All of this has gone into making the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo bigger and better than last year. “I’m estimating our attendance at between 15 and 20,000.” said Bill Scebbi, “We have been blessed with very good weather this weekend and I am encouraged by the participation of, not only the various horse breeds and horse owners, but also the spectators as well.”

The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is supported and produced by the Colorado Horse Development Authority. In addition, the Horse Development Authority provides funding for different research projects and scholarships in the Rocky Mountain region to promote the horse industry. One of the ways that the Authority raises funds for these projects is through the “Support the Horse” automobile license plate.

In 2008 Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 178 into law creating a special license plate honoring the contributions that the horse industry makes to the culture and economy of Colorado. A portion of the sale of the plate goes directly to the Colorado Horse Development Authority, which, in turn, supports the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo.

Unfortunately, the economic downturn, has adversely affected the sale of the “Support the Horse” license plates, and if the sales quota is not met by 6/30/2011, the program will be discontinued and the Colorado Horse Development Authority will lose an estimated $45,000. That is money that will not be going towards next year’s Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. It will not be going to research projects, educational programs, and scholarships.

This is not your basic ‘vanity’ plate. It will show everyone that you “Support the Horse.” It is your chance to give back to the horse in Colorado and get a very cool license plate in the process. Contact the Horse Development Authority at (303) 292-4981 or http://www.CHDA.org to order your “Support the Horse” license plates.

Horse lovers from around the Rocky Mountain region gathered at the Stock Show complex in Denver, Colo., for a weekend of celebrating all things ‘horse’. There were big horses, little horses, and a few really big horses. There were horse books, horse ‘art’, and lots of just plain ‘stuff’ for horses. There were show horses, working horses, and dancing horses.

There were over 40 presenters or clinicians on hand to teach you how to ‘celebrate’, ‘engage’, ‘retrain’, ‘understand’, or ‘connect with’ your horse. Or perhaps you need to ‘shoe’, ‘heal’, ‘photograph’, ‘trust’, or engage in ‘Neuro-Emotional technique’ with your horse.

Bill Scebbi, Executive Director of the Colorado Horse Council, has made sure there was something for everyone at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, “We have increased our venues this year. Those venues include all educational venues and a venue so that people can actually ride with their horses inside the Expo. We offer free Expo Clinics that have been outstanding. People have really enjoyed it. Where they can spend five or six hours with their favorite clinician prior to the Expo starting and then they follow the clinician’s clinic throughout the entire weekend.”

The Trade Show is a big part of the Horse Expo as it brings together vendors from all parts of the country and gives patrons purchasing and information opportunities that reach far beyond the local area. From a business point of view, a healthy Trade Show provides funds to make the 2012 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo bigger and better than this year.

Director Scebbi said, “We have had a phenomenal Trade Show area representing all parts of the industry both from a retail stand point, and services being provided to the industry. We have a great opportunity in really spreading the word in networking with various horse people with new items and new services that are being offered throughout the Rocky Mountain area.”

Another measure of the strength of the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo and how much it has grown is in the number of different breed organizations that are represented and how much of the extensive Stock Show Complex barn area is utilized. “The barn area has been full.” Executive Director Bill Scebbi said, “We rented every stall in the barn – representing twenty five different breeds.”

Scebbi also commented on the newest member of the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo family of shows for the horse lover, “Also included this year was the Colorado Pinnacle Horse Show, which is a horse show for miniatures. We started the Pinnacle Horse Show on Thursday at the Expo and we continued it through Friday and Saturday.” Scebbi continued, “That provides a great networking opportunity for the miniature horse and also show ponies in the Rocky Mountain region.”

Besides the addition of the miniature horse show, the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo added a mounted shooting contest presented by the Colorado Mounted Thunder which are members of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA). There are many that consider Mounted Shooting to be the fastest growing equine sport in the United States. The CMSA is the largest of the mounted shooting associations and has member clubs across America and in Europe.

All of this has gone into making the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo bigger and better than last year. “I’m estimating our attendance at between 15 and 20,000.” said Bill Scebbi, “We have been blessed with very good weather this weekend and I am encouraged by the participation of, not only the various horse breeds and horse owners, but also the spectators as well.”

The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is supported and produced by the Colorado Horse Development Authority. In addition, the Horse Development Authority provides funding for different research projects and scholarships in the Rocky Mountain region to promote the horse industry. One of the ways that the Authority raises funds for these projects is through the “Support the Horse” automobile license plate.

In 2008 Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 178 into law creating a special license plate honoring the contributions that the horse industry makes to the culture and economy of Colorado. A portion of the sale of the plate goes directly to the Colorado Horse Development Authority, which, in turn, supports the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo.

Unfortunately, the economic downturn, has adversely affected the sale of the “Support the Horse” license plates, and if the sales quota is not met by 6/30/2011, the program will be discontinued and the Colorado Horse Development Authority will lose an estimated $45,000. That is money that will not be going towards next year’s Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. It will not be going to research projects, educational programs, and scholarships.

This is not your basic ‘vanity’ plate. It will show everyone that you “Support the Horse.” It is your chance to give back to the horse in Colorado and get a very cool license plate in the process. Contact the Horse Development Authority at (303) 292-4981 or http://www.CHDA.org to order your “Support the Horse” license plates.

Horse lovers from around the Rocky Mountain region gathered at the Stock Show complex in Denver, Colo., for a weekend of celebrating all things ‘horse’. There were big horses, little horses, and a few really big horses. There were horse books, horse ‘art’, and lots of just plain ‘stuff’ for horses. There were show horses, working horses, and dancing horses.

There were over 40 presenters or clinicians on hand to teach you how to ‘celebrate’, ‘engage’, ‘retrain’, ‘understand’, or ‘connect with’ your horse. Or perhaps you need to ‘shoe’, ‘heal’, ‘photograph’, ‘trust’, or engage in ‘Neuro-Emotional technique’ with your horse.

Bill Scebbi, Executive Director of the Colorado Horse Council, has made sure there was something for everyone at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, “We have increased our venues this year. Those venues include all educational venues and a venue so that people can actually ride with their horses inside the Expo. We offer free Expo Clinics that have been outstanding. People have really enjoyed it. Where they can spend five or six hours with their favorite clinician prior to the Expo starting and then they follow the clinician’s clinic throughout the entire weekend.”

The Trade Show is a big part of the Horse Expo as it brings together vendors from all parts of the country and gives patrons purchasing and information opportunities that reach far beyond the local area. From a business point of view, a healthy Trade Show provides funds to make the 2012 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo bigger and better than this year.

Director Scebbi said, “We have had a phenomenal Trade Show area representing all parts of the industry both from a retail stand point, and services being provided to the industry. We have a great opportunity in really spreading the word in networking with various horse people with new items and new services that are being offered throughout the Rocky Mountain area.”

Another measure of the strength of the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo and how much it has grown is in the number of different breed organizations that are represented and how much of the extensive Stock Show Complex barn area is utilized. “The barn area has been full.” Executive Director Bill Scebbi said, “We rented every stall in the barn – representing twenty five different breeds.”

Scebbi also commented on the newest member of the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo family of shows for the horse lover, “Also included this year was the Colorado Pinnacle Horse Show, which is a horse show for miniatures. We started the Pinnacle Horse Show on Thursday at the Expo and we continued it through Friday and Saturday.” Scebbi continued, “That provides a great networking opportunity for the miniature horse and also show ponies in the Rocky Mountain region.”

Besides the addition of the miniature horse show, the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo added a mounted shooting contest presented by the Colorado Mounted Thunder which are members of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA). There are many that consider Mounted Shooting to be the fastest growing equine sport in the United States. The CMSA is the largest of the mounted shooting associations and has member clubs across America and in Europe.

All of this has gone into making the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo bigger and better than last year. “I’m estimating our attendance at between 15 and 20,000.” said Bill Scebbi, “We have been blessed with very good weather this weekend and I am encouraged by the participation of, not only the various horse breeds and horse owners, but also the spectators as well.”

The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is supported and produced by the Colorado Horse Development Authority. In addition, the Horse Development Authority provides funding for different research projects and scholarships in the Rocky Mountain region to promote the horse industry. One of the ways that the Authority raises funds for these projects is through the “Support the Horse” automobile license plate.

In 2008 Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 178 into law creating a special license plate honoring the contributions that the horse industry makes to the culture and economy of Colorado. A portion of the sale of the plate goes directly to the Colorado Horse Development Authority, which, in turn, supports the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo.

Unfortunately, the economic downturn, has adversely affected the sale of the “Support the Horse” license plates, and if the sales quota is not met by 6/30/2011, the program will be discontinued and the Colorado Horse Development Authority will lose an estimated $45,000. That is money that will not be going towards next year’s Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. It will not be going to research projects, educational programs, and scholarships.

This is not your basic ‘vanity’ plate. It will show everyone that you “Support the Horse.” It is your chance to give back to the horse in Colorado and get a very cool license plate in the process. Contact the Horse Development Authority at (303) 292-4981 or http://www.CHDA.org to order your “Support the Horse” license plates.

Horse lovers from around the Rocky Mountain region gathered at the Stock Show complex in Denver, Colo., for a weekend of celebrating all things ‘horse’. There were big horses, little horses, and a few really big horses. There were horse books, horse ‘art’, and lots of just plain ‘stuff’ for horses. There were show horses, working horses, and dancing horses.

There were over 40 presenters or clinicians on hand to teach you how to ‘celebrate’, ‘engage’, ‘retrain’, ‘understand’, or ‘connect with’ your horse. Or perhaps you need to ‘shoe’, ‘heal’, ‘photograph’, ‘trust’, or engage in ‘Neuro-Emotional technique’ with your horse.

Bill Scebbi, Executive Director of the Colorado Horse Council, has made sure there was something for everyone at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, “We have increased our venues this year. Those venues include all educational venues and a venue so that people can actually ride with their horses inside the Expo. We offer free Expo Clinics that have been outstanding. People have really enjoyed it. Where they can spend five or six hours with their favorite clinician prior to the Expo starting and then they follow the clinician’s clinic throughout the entire weekend.”

The Trade Show is a big part of the Horse Expo as it brings together vendors from all parts of the country and gives patrons purchasing and information opportunities that reach far beyond the local area. From a business point of view, a healthy Trade Show provides funds to make the 2012 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo bigger and better than this year.

Director Scebbi said, “We have had a phenomenal Trade Show area representing all parts of the industry both from a retail stand point, and services being provided to the industry. We have a great opportunity in really spreading the word in networking with various horse people with new items and new services that are being offered throughout the Rocky Mountain area.”

Another measure of the strength of the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo and how much it has grown is in the number of different breed organizations that are represented and how much of the extensive Stock Show Complex barn area is utilized. “The barn area has been full.” Executive Director Bill Scebbi said, “We rented every stall in the barn – representing twenty five different breeds.”

Scebbi also commented on the newest member of the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo family of shows for the horse lover, “Also included this year was the Colorado Pinnacle Horse Show, which is a horse show for miniatures. We started the Pinnacle Horse Show on Thursday at the Expo and we continued it through Friday and Saturday.” Scebbi continued, “That provides a great networking opportunity for the miniature horse and also show ponies in the Rocky Mountain region.”

Besides the addition of the miniature horse show, the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo added a mounted shooting contest presented by the Colorado Mounted Thunder which are members of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA). There are many that consider Mounted Shooting to be the fastest growing equine sport in the United States. The CMSA is the largest of the mounted shooting associations and has member clubs across America and in Europe.

All of this has gone into making the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo bigger and better than last year. “I’m estimating our attendance at between 15 and 20,000.” said Bill Scebbi, “We have been blessed with very good weather this weekend and I am encouraged by the participation of, not only the various horse breeds and horse owners, but also the spectators as well.”

The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is supported and produced by the Colorado Horse Development Authority. In addition, the Horse Development Authority provides funding for different research projects and scholarships in the Rocky Mountain region to promote the horse industry. One of the ways that the Authority raises funds for these projects is through the “Support the Horse” automobile license plate.

In 2008 Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 178 into law creating a special license plate honoring the contributions that the horse industry makes to the culture and economy of Colorado. A portion of the sale of the plate goes directly to the Colorado Horse Development Authority, which, in turn, supports the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo.

Unfortunately, the economic downturn, has adversely affected the sale of the “Support the Horse” license plates, and if the sales quota is not met by 6/30/2011, the program will be discontinued and the Colorado Horse Development Authority will lose an estimated $45,000. That is money that will not be going towards next year’s Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. It will not be going to research projects, educational programs, and scholarships.

This is not your basic ‘vanity’ plate. It will show everyone that you “Support the Horse.” It is your chance to give back to the horse in Colorado and get a very cool license plate in the process. Contact the Horse Development Authority at (303) 292-4981 or http://www.CHDA.org to order your “Support the Horse” license plates.

Horse lovers from around the Rocky Mountain region gathered at the Stock Show complex in Denver, Colo., for a weekend of celebrating all things ‘horse’. There were big horses, little horses, and a few really big horses. There were horse books, horse ‘art’, and lots of just plain ‘stuff’ for horses. There were show horses, working horses, and dancing horses.

There were over 40 presenters or clinicians on hand to teach you how to ‘celebrate’, ‘engage’, ‘retrain’, ‘understand’, or ‘connect with’ your horse. Or perhaps you need to ‘shoe’, ‘heal’, ‘photograph’, ‘trust’, or engage in ‘Neuro-Emotional technique’ with your horse.

Bill Scebbi, Executive Director of the Colorado Horse Council, has made sure there was something for everyone at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, “We have increased our venues this year. Those venues include all educational venues and a venue so that people can actually ride with their horses inside the Expo. We offer free Expo Clinics that have been outstanding. People have really enjoyed it. Where they can spend five or six hours with their favorite clinician prior to the Expo starting and then they follow the clinician’s clinic throughout the entire weekend.”

The Trade Show is a big part of the Horse Expo as it brings together vendors from all parts of the country and gives patrons purchasing and information opportunities that reach far beyond the local area. From a business point of view, a healthy Trade Show provides funds to make the 2012 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo bigger and better than this year.

Director Scebbi said, “We have had a phenomenal Trade Show area representing all parts of the industry both from a retail stand point, and services being provided to the industry. We have a great opportunity in really spreading the word in networking with various horse people with new items and new services that are being offered throughout the Rocky Mountain area.”

Another measure of the strength of the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo and how much it has grown is in the number of different breed organizations that are represented and how much of the extensive Stock Show Complex barn area is utilized. “The barn area has been full.” Executive Director Bill Scebbi said, “We rented every stall in the barn – representing twenty five different breeds.”

Scebbi also commented on the newest member of the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo family of shows for the horse lover, “Also included this year was the Colorado Pinnacle Horse Show, which is a horse show for miniatures. We started the Pinnacle Horse Show on Thursday at the Expo and we continued it through Friday and Saturday.” Scebbi continued, “That provides a great networking opportunity for the miniature horse and also show ponies in the Rocky Mountain region.”

Besides the addition of the miniature horse show, the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo added a mounted shooting contest presented by the Colorado Mounted Thunder which are members of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA). There are many that consider Mounted Shooting to be the fastest growing equine sport in the United States. The CMSA is the largest of the mounted shooting associations and has member clubs across America and in Europe.

All of this has gone into making the 2011 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo bigger and better than last year. “I’m estimating our attendance at between 15 and 20,000.” said Bill Scebbi, “We have been blessed with very good weather this weekend and I am encouraged by the participation of, not only the various horse breeds and horse owners, but also the spectators as well.”

The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is supported and produced by the Colorado Horse Development Authority. In addition, the Horse Development Authority provides funding for different research projects and scholarships in the Rocky Mountain region to promote the horse industry. One of the ways that the Authority raises funds for these projects is through the “Support the Horse” automobile license plate.

In 2008 Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 178 into law creating a special license plate honoring the contributions that the horse industry makes to the culture and economy of Colorado. A portion of the sale of the plate goes directly to the Colorado Horse Development Authority, which, in turn, supports the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo.

Unfortunately, the economic downturn, has adversely affected the sale of the “Support the Horse” license plates, and if the sales quota is not met by 6/30/2011, the program will be discontinued and the Colorado Horse Development Authority will lose an estimated $45,000. That is money that will not be going towards next year’s Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. It will not be going to research projects, educational programs, and scholarships.

This is not your basic ‘vanity’ plate. It will show everyone that you “Support the Horse.” It is your chance to give back to the horse in Colorado and get a very cool license plate in the process. Contact the Horse Development Authority at (303) 292-4981 or http://www.CHDA.org to order your “Support the Horse” license plates.