Join us in person on November 11-14, 2021 for Equine Affaire in Massachusetts.
This fall, Equine Affaire proudly returns to the Eastern States Exposition for its first in-person event since 2019! Join other like-minded equine enthusiasts from all over the United States and travel to West Springfield, Massachusetts, on November 11-14, 2021, for North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering. From educational clinics to exciting competitions to the largest equine-related trade show on the east coast, there’s something for everyone at Equine Affaire!
General admission tickets for Equine Affaire are on sale now. All tickets are digital. General admission tickets include entry to the trade show, theme pavilions, the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition and all clinics, seminars, and demonstrations. General admission tickets are $16/day or $50/four-day pass for adults, $8/day for children ages 7-10 and free for children aged six and under. Keep your tickets stored on your phone or print them off and visit during event hours, which are from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Thursday through Saturday and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Please note the Eastern States Exposition charges for parking. For a list of our host hotels, visit equineaffaire.com (select the Massachusetts event, click “Attend” and then “Host Hotels”). When you make your reservation in advance, mention Equine Affaire for a special discounted rate! Want to receive free admission to Equine Affaire? Register by September 29th to become a volunteer!
Elevating the equestrian experience since 1994, Equine Affaire is delighted to announce a full schedule of educational clinics, seminars, and demonstrations with some of the world’s best horsemen and horsewomen. Featured general horsemanship clinicians include respected horseman Ken McNabb, renowned reining and liberty practitioner Dan James, all-around trainer and world-class showman Lynn Palm and natural horseman JR Robles. Discipline-specific clinicians include Lendon Gray (dressage), Jim Wofford (eventing), Laura Kelland-May (hunter/jumper), Bryan Penquite (reining and ranch horse), Stephen Hayes (dressage), Bob Giles (driving), Lynn Palm (western dressage), Shaina Humphrey (hunter under saddle), Ed Dabney (trail and general horsemanship), Anita Howe (easy gaited horses), Karen Rohlf (biomechanics), Luke Reinbold (trail obstacles), Stephane Lockhart-Hayes (working equitation), Wendy Murdoch (Surefoot, Murdoch Method), Steven Stevens (general horsemanship), Sharon Wilsie (Horse Speak®), Fred Win (para reining) and the Diamond D Cowgirls (drill teams). More presenters will be announced in the coming months, so visit equineaffaire.com or follow @EquineAffaire on Facebook for more details!
In between clinics, there’s no end to the horse-themed fun available on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition during Equine Affaire. With more than 450 vendors spread across five buildings, the Equine Affaire trade show is the perfect place to find the tack, gear and show clothing you need as well as those special souvenirs for yourself and others! If you’re in the market for a new horse, tour the For Sale Stalls and Adoption Affaire in C-Barn to find your new best friend. While you’re visiting the barns, make time to network with other horse owners and equine professionals at the Horse & Farm Exhibits and in the Breed Pavilion, where you can learn all about different breeds of horses, find trainers, breeding stallions and boarding stables near you, and much more. Are you new to horses? The Equine Fundamentals Forum is the perfect place for you! With hands-on activities, video presentations and live demonstrations with horses by experts, the Equine Fundamental Forum is a great place to learn all about the basics of equine care and management.
Sponsored by Absorbine®, Fantasia will return this fall for three magical performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse is a beloved tradition for horse lovers of all ages and disciplines, so you don’t want to miss the exciting lineup of performers. Every performance is unique and will feature a variety of professional acts from throughout the country, including liberty, freestyle reining, garrocha, driving, specialty performances and many more. Tickets for Fantasia are on sale now online at equineaffaire.com, or by calling the main office. Fantasia tickets range from $14 to $25 and sell out quickly, so purchase yours today!
It wouldn’t be Equine Affaire without the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition! This year’s competition will take place in the Coliseum on Friday, November 12. Sponsored by Nutrena®, the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition showcases the partnership and communication between horse and rider and tests each competitor’s horsemanship skills and athletic prowess. Up to 25 horse-and-rider pairs will have the opportunity to traverse a timed obstacle course. Past obstacles have included jumping, backing through patterns, gymkhana games, riding over spooky objects, carrying mini parachutes and much more. Riders will compete for $5,500 in prize money, and you never know who might win. You don’t want to miss this fan-favorite competition, included with general admission.
Make plans today to check out these special event features, brand-new for 2021! First, do you have tack, riding apparel or other horse equipment that you’d like to sell? Consider consigning them at the Equine Affaire Marketplace Consignment Shop! Drop off your items in the morning in Mallary North and our friendly Marketplace staff will sell your items for you while you are off enjoying all the sights. Then come by in the evening or at the end of Equine Affaire to collect your earnings. For more information on consignment, visit equineaffaire.com (Select the Massachusetts event, click “Participate” and then “Marketplace Consignment Shop”). Also new this year, Equine Affaire is delighted to host the International Liberty Horse Association (ILHA) Freestyle Invitational Competition. Founded by Dan and Elizabeth James, ILHA is dedicated to promoting the discipline of liberty training. In this special competition, select competitors will perform freestyle liberty routines with their equine partners. Compulsories will take place on Saturday, November 13, and the finals will take place on Sunday, November 14. Equine Affaire has also partnered with the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) to offer the IEA Intensive Clinic for young riders. This clinic will take place on Sunday, November 14, and offers an overview of English, Western, ranch and dressage disciplines in the IEA show format. Admission to both events is included with your Equine Affaire ticket.
Equine Affaire extends our grateful thanks to our sponsors: Absorbine®, sponsor of Fantasia; US Equestrian, sponsor of the Coliseum arena; Farnam, sponsor of the Courtesy Shopping Bag; Horizon Structures, the official barn of Equine Affaire; GGT, sponsor of the Mallary & Young Arenas; Nutrena®, sponsor of the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition; Cowboy Magic, sponsor of presentations by Ken McNabb; and Mane N Tail, sponsor of presentations by Dan James. To learn more about our sponsors firsthand, plan to visit their booths in the trade show this fall.
We can’t wait to see you at Equine Affaire! Visit us online at equineaffaire.com for updates between now and November. If you have questions, call our office at (740) 845-0085 any time from 9:00 am-5:00 pm EST, Monday-Friday.
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