Thursday, November 17, 2016

An Affaire To Remember!

If you have never been to the Equine Affaire in either Springfield Massachusetts or the one in Columbus Ohio (April 6-9th 2017) then stop what you are doing and make plans! For those who love horses it is a joyous and amazing experience. Think Christmas morning when you were a child and then add in the day you got your first puppy! The four day event is filled with horses of all breeds, vendors selling everything you need for your herd and some of the best horse people in the world giving clinics and demonstrations. All this for a nominal admission fee! I attended the Equine Affaire that happened last week in Springfield. I bought some great products at the trade show including an item called the Water Wrangler. This is something you attach to your hose and when your trough is filled, the water shuts off automatically! No more over-flowing stock tanks or buckets! I also saw some clinicians who really inspired me to up my training game!
Trainer Jeff Wilson was incredible to watch. He does cowboy dressage! He basically takes the moves of Dressage and applies them to real world riding situations such as trail riding. I also had the privilege of being able to watch Australian trainer Guy Mclean ride on one horse and train three other unmounted horses at the same time. You may have heard of Sean Patrick's book Countdown to Broke (I own a copy myself). I caught the last part of his clinic and was very impressed to see him work with horses in person. He gave me some new ideas on how to use tarps as a part of training for the trails. I try to catch Equine Affair once a year and being with kindred spirits of the horse world never fails to inspire me. I hope to see you there next year!
Jeff Wilson Cowboy Dressage

1 comment:

  1. I love this event, I agree, if you get a chance, go! I didn't get to go this year, and I no longer have a horse - but it is fun and I always pick up new ideas!