Develop Your Skills in the Saddle

Clinics and competitions offer opportunities for equestrians to learn, ride and compete at Equine Affaire in Ohio.

If you’ve ever wished you could ride your own horse in a clinic with your favorite trainer, that wish can come true at Equine Affaire in Ohio! On April 2-5, 2020, Equine Affaire returns to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, with a brand-new roster of the country’s top trainers and equestrian experts. Many of these presenters are now seeking horses and riders to participate in their clinics through Equine Affaire’s Ride with a Pro program. Apply to Ride with a Pro and you could find yourself sharing the arena with such trainers as Jonathan Field, Craig Cameron, Warwick Schiller, Tik Maynard or Lynn Palm at the 2020 Equine Affaire in Ohio.

With more than 200 educational sessions in a variety of disciplines, there’s something for everyone to learn at Equine Affaire. Riders and horses of all skill levels are invited to apply to participate, and applying is easy. Visit (select the Ohio event, click “Participate” and then “Ride with a Pro”) or contact Coagi Long by emailing or by calling (740) 845-0085, ext. 114. Fees range from $75 to $350 depending on the clinic. The application deadline is February 14, 2020, so get a head start on your materials by applying today!

This year’s lineup of presenters includes such equestrian all-stars as Jonathan Field, Craig Cameron, Warwick Schiller, Tik Maynard, and Lynn Palm, presenting on general training and horsemanship. Other featured clinicians and topics include JR Robles (general training & colt starting), Lynn Palm (Western dressage), Jim Thomas (general training & horsemanship), Jonathon Millar (hunter/jumper), Steve Colclasure (cutting & reined cow horse), Jeremy Steinberg (dressage), Kevin Oliver (reining and trail), Kristen Weaver Brown (barrel racing), Liz Austin (dressage), Heidi Potter (centered riding), Rick Christy (western horsemanship and hunter under saddle), Suzy Stafford (driving), Simon Cocozza (core strengthening & yoga for horses), Sarah Track (saddleseat), Paul Garrison (mules), and Heidi McLaughlin (overcoming fear).

Equestrians of all disciplines are also invited to compete in the Versatile Horse and Rider Competition, hosted by Equine Affaire on Friday, April 3 at 1:00 pm in the Coliseum at the Ohio Expo Center. Apply by February 14, 2020, for your chance to vie for $5,500 in prize money and the top honor of being crowned as the 2020 Versatile Horse and Rider Champion at Equine Affaire in Ohio. The Versatile Horse and Rider Competition consists of a timed obstacle race, specially designed to test the communication and partnership between horse and rider. Judges will also evaluate competitors based on general horsemanship criteria and overall performance. Up to 25 pre-selected horse and rider pairs will compete, and cash prizes will be awarded to the top four contestants, with ribbons presented through tenth place. The $350 entry fee includes three single-day admission tickets and stabling for one horse, Wednesday through Saturday of the event. To apply, visit online (select the Ohio event, click “Participate” and then “Versatile Horse and Rider Competition”).

To learn more about opportunities to saddle up for Equine Affaire in Ohio, visit or call the office at (740) 845-0085, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST (M-F). See you at Equine Affaire!

Beth Volpe, Marketing Coordinator
Equine Affaire, Inc.
Phone: (740) 845-0085 ext. 103

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