Elevate your equestrian experience by attending Equine Affaire, April 7-10, 2022!
For equestrians, spring is a time for setting new riding goals, plotting out fresh adventures with horses and learning new skills to apply on the trail, in the show pen or in the barn aisle. And guess what? You can accomplish all that and more by attending Equine Affaire in Ohio! On April 7-10, 2022, the nation’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering will return, live and in-person, to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. Boasting a full schedule of educational clinics, a plethora of special features and immersive activities as well as multiple exciting competitions, Equine Affaire is the ultimate destination for equestrians and horse lovers of all ages. Tickets for this amazing event are on sale now at equineaffaire.com!
Advance general admission tickets for Equine Affaire are just $15 per day for adults or $50 for a four-day pass. Tickets for children, ages 7-10, are $8 per day. Children six and under are admitted for free. For the price of general admission, attendees can enjoy shopping at the nation’s largest horse-related trade show; participating in activities and events in all theme pavilions; attending all competitions, such as the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, the International Liberty Horse Association Freestyle and the Mustang TIP Challenge; and watching all clinics, seminars and demonstrations. Hours for Equine Affaire are Thursday through Saturday, 9 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm. Separate tickets are required for Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse, which will take place at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Fantasia tickets are also on sale now and range from $14 to $25. Purchase your tickets for Equine Affaire and Fantasia online today at equineaffaire.com!
Part of Equine Affaire’s mission is to offer unparalleled learning opportunities through educational clinics, sessions and demonstrations hosted by some of the nation’s top equine professionals. This year, equestrians can look forward to learning from featured general trainers Craig Cameron, Warwick Schiller, Lynn Palm, Jim Thomas, and JR Robles (colt starting & reined cow horse). Other discipline-specific presenters include Jeff Cook and Michael Burnett (hunter/jumper), Liz Austin and Stephen Hayes (dressage), Kevin Oliver (reining and trail), Kristin Weaver-Brown (barrel racing), Lynn Palm (Western dressage), Bob Giles (driving), Luke Gingerich (liberty and bridleless riding), Simon Cocozza (core strengthening & yoga for horses), Gary Lane (easy gaited horses), Stephanie Lockhart-Hayes (working equitation), Jerry Paulsen (equine-assisted activities), Jenny Vidbel O’Donnell (liberty), Maggie Herlensky (sidesaddle), Fred Win (para equestrian), Paul Garrison (mules), Caleb Carinci-Asch (lunging), 6th Ohio Mounted Buglers & 2nd Cavalry Brigade (mounted cavalry), Mini Doves (miniature horse drill team) and the Young Guns Drill Team (drill team). More clinicians will be announced in the coming months, so stay tuned to equineaffaire.com or follow us on social media @EquineAffaire for updates.
In addition to education, Equine Affaire is the place to shop for all things equine. The trade show boasts more than 400 vendors across four buildings, ensuring that equestrians from all disciplines and walks of life can find the items and services they need as well as the products they want. Many clinicians will also have booths of their own in the trade show, giving attendees the opportunity to meet-and-greet, ask questions and purchase products. For a full list of vendors who will be in attendance, visit equineaffaire.com, click the “Ohio” event, click “Attend” and then “Exhibitors.” And don’t miss the Marketplace Consignment Shop! Nestled into the northwest corner of the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center, the Marketplace Consignment Shop is the perfect place to hunt for bargains on tack, apparel, riding gear, training equipment, stable and barn equipment and more. Or if you’re looking to downsize or declutter your tack room, consider consigning! With an easy consignment process, affordable fees and friendly staff to sell your items for you, displaying your items at the Marketplace Consignment Shop is a no-stress way to clean out your barn, trailer or tack room. To learn more about signing up to consign, visit equineaffaire.com, click the “Ohio” event, “Participate” and then “Marketplace Consignment Shop.”
Equine Affaire is also home to a plethora of fun activities and immersive equine experiences. Check out the Breed Pavilion and Horse & Farm Exhibits to network with breed representatives, learn about new breeds, connect with industry professionals, watch educational demonstrations and more. Ready to find your next horse? Shop (or adopt!) a horse at Equine Affaire by visiting the For Sale stalls and the Adoption Affaire, which showcases horses for adoption from a variety of horse rescues and sanctuaries. Love cheering for talented horses and riders? On Friday, April 8, check out the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, the Mustang Heritage Foundation Trainer Incentive Program (TIP) Challenge and the International Liberty Horse Association (LHA) Freestyle Competition! With three competitions going on throughout the day, there’s no telling what kind of amazing feats you’ll witness as horses and their partners work together to accomplish their goals. The ILHA Finals and Mustang TIP Challenge Parts 2 and 3 will take place on Saturday, April 9. For those new to the horse industry, be sure to visit the Equine Fundamentals Forum in the Celeste Center. Beneficial for all ages, the EFF is filled with fun presentations and informative, hands-on interactive displays designed to educate and enthrall. And if you’re ready to ride a horse for the first time, or for the first time in a long time, sign up with the Ohio Haflinger Association in the Breed Pavilion for your chance to ride a Haflinger during Equine Affaire. Finally, Equine Affaire is partnering with A Horse for Heroes to offer veterans, active duty and first responders the opportunity to experience the effects of equine-assisted activities and therapies firsthand. To sign up, visit the Operation Horses and Heroes, Inc. booth in the Breed Pavilion, which will be in the Voinovich Complex. This free activity will take place Friday, April 8th, and Sunday, April 9th.
Finish off your day at Equine Affaire by attending one of just three performances of the Fantasia, sponsored by Absorbine®! Beloved by horse lovers of all ages, Fantasia is an equine extravaganza dedicated to showcasing the beauty, elegance and grace of horses of a variety of breeds and disciplines. This year’s show will feature drill teams, garrocha, reining freestyles, liberty acts, driving routines and more. Tickets are going fast, so don’t miss your opportunity to see the show! You can purchase your tickets online at equineaffaire.com or by calling the Equine Affaire office at (740) 845-0085, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday.
Ready to plan your trip? Check out our list of host hotels on equineaffaire.com (select the Ohio event, then “Attend” and “Host Hotels”) to find the perfect place for you. When making reservations, make sure to mention that you’re attending Equine Affaire to receive a special discounted rate. Please note that the Ohio Expo Center charges for parking. Interested in volunteering at Equine Affaire? Register online by 2/25/22 to volunteer, and you could earn free admission!
Equine Affaire gratefully acknowledges its generous sponsors, including Absorbine, sponsor of Fantasia; Farnam, sponsor of the Courtesy Shopping Bag; Rod’s Western Palace, sponsor of the Rod’s Arena; US Equestrian, sponsor of the US Equestrian Arena; and Wahl, sponsor of the Wahl demo ring. To learn more about Equine Affaire, visit our website, www.equineaffaire.com. You can also call our main office at (740) 845-0085, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday, and follow Equine Affaire on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @equineaffaire. We’ll see you in Ohio!
*Pictures Available Upon Request