Ken McNabb to highlight Big Wyoming Horse Expo
Well-known trainer Ken McNabb will be the featured clinician at the Second Annual Big Wyoming Horse Expo April 29-May 1. McNabb will teach two sessions during the Expo – Colt Starting, part I on Friday, April 29, and A Problem Horse, on Saturday, April 30. The event costs $10 for youth, and $25 for adults, and will be held from 6-8 p.m. both nights.
The Big Wyoming Horse Expo will be held at the Wyoming State Fair Indoor Equine Center in Douglas, Wyo., April 29-May 1. General admission is free. The event will kick off at 12:30 p.m. on Friday with clinicians teaching participants how to start a horse on cattle, halter training to riding, the young hunter/jumper, or classroom training on Natural Synergetics. Other clinicians and clinics will be held throughout the three-day event.
Coordinators for the Big Wyoming Horse Expo have brought a wide variety of clinicians for the second annual event. Horse enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn more about everything from horse health to starting colts, horsemanship, reining, English riding, hunter and jumper horses, packing horses and mules, and speed horses. In addition, breeders will be showing off some of the best stallions in the region during the parade of horses. There will also be a private treaty horse sale.
According to Sam Hales, one of the coordinators for the Expo, the biggest change from last year’s event is the variety of clinicians available this year. “We have everything from reining to showing horses to pack string clinics,” he said. “We have a broad-based variety,” he said.
In addition, participants can receive one-on-one training from the clinicians by bringing their own horse to the Expo. “Most of the sessions are accepting two to four participants. We still have some openings, but they are filled on a first come, first served basis to pre-approved horses,” he said. The fee is $50 per session with the stall included for one horse and one rider.
“The response has been tremendous so far,” Hales continued. “We have several clinics scheduled, and many outside people bringing horses or providing horses for the clinics.”
The group has also teamed up with the Wyoming Horse Council to host a 4-H, FFA, and collegiate horse judging clinic during the Expo. The clinic is being conducted by University of Wyoming Equine Specialist Amy McLean, and Judy Horton with the Wyoming Horse Council. The clinic will be held on Saturday, April 30.
This year’s event will also feature a large trade show. Hales said several organizations and clubs have signed up, in addition to vendors with everything from horse tack and equipment, to feed companies, show clothing, equine dentists, barn builders, photography and food. “There will be a nice assortment of non-profit clubs and organizations at the event,” he said. “We also still have openings for vendors at the trade show.”
A nice variety of stallions will also be on display. “We have some very high quality stallions coming. There will be Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, and Paints, in addition to other breeds,” he said. “We will continue to take stallions until the barn is full,” he said.
Private treaty horse sales will also be held. Hales said several horses have been consigned under that part of the Expo. “We are providing the advertising and exposure for people who have horses for sale,” Hales explained. “People are using the Expo as a venue to promote themselves and what they do. They bring a few horses along to sell. They get a two-fold benefit out of it that way. The only charge to participate is the stall fee. There is no commission. The sale is strictly between them and the buyer.”
Hales said a short demonstration time during the parade will be available for participants to show what their horses can do, in addition to an outdoor arena available to them at any time. “We recommend they put a sign on the stall that their horse is for sale,” he continued, “and if they turned their listing in early enough, the horse will be listed for sale in the program book.”
The Big Wyoming Horse Expo was started in 2010 with the intention of creating a regional event covering all disciplines of the horse industry, rather than just focusing on one. “We started this event to provide education for participants, and provide a venue to give people exposure for their stallions, organizations, clinics, and boarding stables. With the price of fuel, it gives everyone an opportunity to see all this in one place without having to travel a long distance,” he added. “We have had a lot of feedback and interest from the Black Hills, Colorado, western Nebraska, Kansas, and Montana. We have participants and vendors traveling from all over this region to come to this event.”
“Our goal is to build this into a regional event, not just a local event,” he continued. “General admission for the Expo is free, and the knowledge is priceless.”
For more information about the Big Wyoming Horse Expo, Hales can be reached at (307) 266-4922 or (307) 277-0325.
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