The Nebraska Horse Council presents the 2011 Horse Exposition |

The Nebraska Horse Council presents the 2011 Horse Exposition

Lindsey Salestrom
Lincoln, Neb.

Celebrity clinicians, high flying action, local experts, and trendy vendors are all rearing to go as the 2011 Nebraska Horse Exposition rapidly approaches. The annual event hosted by the Nebraska Horse Council will take place March 11 -13, 2011, at the Lancaster Event Center located at 4100 N 84th Street in Lincoln, Neb.

This year the Nebraska Horse Expo has an all-star lineup of clinicians from across the country bringing the latest in training, health care and equipment trends to the event. All three days are full of nonstop clinics and events utilizing several arenas throughout the complex. If you’re ready to shake the last few cold days of winter and prepare for the upcoming horse season, mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Extreme cowboy Craig Cameron will be on hand for the duration of the event to share his wisdom on working with young horses and entertaining the crowd with competitive events. Cameron was the 2010 World Champion of colt starting at the “Road to the Horse” competition in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He will also be hosting the Expo’s first ever “Extreme Cowboy Race” as seen on RFD-TV, which is sure to be a spectacle. The Extreme Cowboy Race will have 20 pre-registered competitors performing over-the-top trail obstacles such as jumps, opening gates, working cattle, pulling logs, and showing skills such as rollbacks and lead changes, all while keeping speed and horsemanship in mind.

Individuals with horses ready for more advanced skills beyond colt breaking can listen to clinician Monty Bruce as he demonstrates how to teach a horse to develop a stop, begin a spin, and perfect lead changes. Bruce, a Texas native, specializes in reined cow horse, reining, and performance horse training.

Also new to the event this year is clinician Jimmie Gibbs Munroe, former president of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductee. Munroe will teach clinics pertaining to barrel racing, from starting in the sport to maintaining a competition horse. Jimmie Gibbs Munroe is an 11-time National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifier, was the 1975 World Champion Barrel Racer, 1976 and 1977 Season Champion Barrel Racer and the 1984 NFR Champion with a record 6 go-round wins.

Returning this year is Van Hargis who will be giving clinics relating to training versatile ranch horses and information on correcting a horse’s bad habits. Hargis has been recognized as a clinician not only for his ability to work with horses, but also his skill of communicating with the audience.

Other local clinicians scheduled for the event include: Dr. Kathy Anderson, Kelly Stich DVM, Pat McInteer DVM, Adam Gengenbach DVM and Kelli Paulson, just to name a few.

For those spectators who are more interested in the competition aspect of the Expo, there is plenty to see. Starting things off Friday at noon is the first class of “The Mane Challenge” which is a team competition designed to showcase the versatility of different equine breeds. Throughout the weekend team members will compete in a total of five classes including: Trail (riding, driving, or in-hand), showmanship, pleasure driving, combined seat pleasure (the rider can choose english or western) and the stake race. Other competitions to be sure to watch are Friday night’s National Barrel Horse Association’s barrel race, Saturday night’s Extreme Cowboy Race with Craig Cameron and Sunday’s youth rodeo. For a complete schedule visit the Nebraska Horse Council’s website: or call (308) 379-3368.

If you are looking to spruce up your tack, or your spring cleaning involves throwing out worn or dated barn items, there will be a pavilion full of vendors selling new equipment. If your tax refund is burning a hole in your pocket, everything from trailers to saddles to brushes will be available for purchase. If it is your wardrobe that needs to be restocked, you’re also in luck as the latest styles of jeans, boots and jewelry will be on display as well.

Whether you’ll be able to take home advice from the clinicians, inspiration from the competitors, or fun new items from the vendors, be sure to attend the 2011 Nebraska Horse Exposition to get a jump start on your upcoming horse activities.

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