We are returning for the 20th anniversary of the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo. This has become an annual tradition for horse owners and horse lovers in the Northwest. Held at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center in Albany, Oregon, the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo combines to the highest degree, first rate education, entertainment and shopping. Whether you own horses or are a horse lover at heart, are a beginner or professional, are interested in dressage or trail riding, there is truly something for everyone. It’s three days of fun the entire family can enjoy.
Northwest Horse Fair 2019:
Twenty Years….Celebrating the Spirit of the Horse!
Trick Training, Fearless Riding, Accelerated Colt Training, Top Notch Horsemanship, a Model Horse Show, Endo the Blind Horse Performances, Precision Drills on Horseback, and Costumed Choreography on Majestic Mounts…all are a part of the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo, presented by Akins Trailers! The giant horse expo begins its run on March 22, continuing through March 24, 2019 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany, Oregon.
“We’re excited to celebrate 20 years presenting the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo in Albany!” said John Cloe, event founder and manager. “We’ve seen the event grow tremendously over the past twenty years, attracting thousands of people annually from the greater Northwest, and people from as far away as Alaska and New England!” Mr. Cloe continued, “We’re proud to offer this popular, family-friendly horse event that provides top-notch equine education and entertainment plus super shopping at the largest horse-related trade show in the Northwest! This is the perfect event for horse owners, and horse enthusiasts of all ages, with something for everyone!”
“When we began the Northwest Horse Fair in 2000, we highlighted John Lyons among our clinicians”, said Mr. Cloe. “This year we’re pleased to spotlight Josh Lyons, of Lyons Legacy, who will feature General Horsemanship clinics. In addition, daily clinics will include: Mette Rosencrantz presenting Dressage; Heidi McLaughlin teaching how to be a Fearless Rider; Marcia Moore-Harrison featuring Cowboy Dressage; Steve Lantvit conducting Horsemanship & Ranch Versatility clinics; and Tom Seay from Best of America by Horseback offering Trail Riding lectures. Plus, on Friday, Lukas Bardue from the BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe will give a clinic on Liberty & Trick Training; on Saturday, Randal Walker of Satus Stockdogs, will feature Working Dogs; and on Sunday Ian Jones will give a presentation on Equine Trail Sports. In addition, radio and on-line TV host of Speaking with Horses, Wayne Williams, will be on hand.
“You won’t want to miss an exciting new event at the Northwest Horse Fair this year, the Colt Starting Challenge, USA!” said Mr. Cloe. “Imagine trying to ride a young, unbroken horse in just two days! Experienced horse trainers will do just that: gentling, saddling, and riding young unbroken horses at the Colt Starting Challenge USA event! Using Natural Horsemanship methods, these talented trainers will all work their horses at the same time, taking turns to explain to the audience what they’re doing and why. Each trainer works with the colt they’ve drawn, to be ridden and to compete through a challenging obstacle course the last day of the expo!” The winning trainer will be awarded a custom Event Buckle, and will qualify for the National Colt Starting Challenge USA Finals at the end of 2019. Applications are being taken now for halter broken colts, as well as trainers wanting to participate in the event. For more information, or to enter the Colt Starting Challenge USA competition at the Northwest Horse Fair, go to www.equinepromotions.net, and look under “Special Events” for the Colt Starting Challenge USA.
BreyerWest® will once again be a part of the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo for 2019. BreyerWest features both an open and youth model horse show, plus workshops and activities for model horse hobbyists and enthusiasts. BreyerWest offers three days of Breyer horse fun, including free Stablemates painting for kids, hands-on crafts and workshops, plus free demos with hobby experts. For more information or to enter the BreyerWest model horse shows, go to www.equinepromotions.net, and look under “Special Events”.
Between clinics, watch as athletic horses and riders show off the beauty and versatility of horses, providing equine entertainment and education. The flashy mounts of the BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe will provide graceful movement and high stepping action, as costumed riders “dance” to music, with their horses. Endo the Blind horse will demonstrate amazing rapport with his owner/rider and trainer, as they perform incredible routines! The Rhinestone Cowgirls Precision Drill Team will give rousing performances on horseback, through vigorous maneuvers and complex choreography set to music. And Marcia Moore-Harrison will perform a special Cowboy Dressage ride to music, daily before her clinics. The Breed Showcase and Stallion Reviews will feature extensive demonstrations of equine breeds, colors and talents, accompanied by educational information outlining the strengths of each breed.
A huge trade show occupying two buildings will offer wide-ranging indoor vendors, in addition to outdoor trailer displays. Vendors from all over the country will provide an ideal shopping center for horse enthusiasts! Customers will find show deals and a wide array of services and products including: horse trailers, clothing for rider and horse, feed, farm supplies and products, equine products, saddles, bridles, gifts, artwork, home décor items, and much more!
The Burlington Capital International Omaha is not your ordinary horse show. It’s where friends gather to socialize, shop, dine, party, and watch some of the best horses and riders in the Midwest compete for top prizes. Everything is under one roof – stabling, warm-up, competition arena, educational and exhibit area, demonstrations, dining venues, and did we mention shopping! It’s where the American tailgate experience meets European sophistication, and a chance to see and meet some of the finest equestrians and horses in the world.
Competitions In 2019, horse and rider will take center stage throughout the four days of competition. Along with free day classes that feature up and coming riders of all ages, the International Omaha will have four exciting and entertaining ticketed competitions. Tentative schedule with full schedule coming soon!
Shopping Whether you are looking for a gift for someone or want to spoil yourself, the Boutique Shopping Village will wow you with the spectacular variety of shopping options! Saddles, breeches, boots, art, jewelry, and more will be offered from a large selection of unique vendors. Not a horse person? Don’t worry, there will be plenty for you shop for as well!
Be a VIP Don’t settle for anything less than the best! The International Omaha offers a variety of VIP packages ranging from front row tickets to our beautiful ring-side tables. All VIP packages include admission to the exclusive VIP Lounge and Patio where complimentary food, beverages, and entertainment await. The VIP Lounge is right in the middle of all of the action. Overlooking the Warm-Up Arena and in the middle of the Boutique Shopping Village, you’re not far from everything the International Omaha has to offer.
Fun for the Whole Family Each day the FREE Horse Discovery Zone is filled with educational and interactive displays and demos from a variety of Omaha area partners. Get up close and personal with the Gallery of Breed’s horses, watch demonstrations of different kinds of riding in the Demo Arena, or meet the Omaha Mounted Patrol. We’re proud of our Triple Crown Horse Discovery Zone which has been called the best educational area of any large horse event.
Tailgate Put your feet up, relax, and hang out with friends and family in our Baird Holm Tailgate Lounge. Live music will entertain you while you grab a bite to eat or have a drink. Use the Tailgate Lounge as a meeting point for all of your closest horsey friends!
Learn The International Omaha is proud to continue our mission of education for the horseperson by featuring both free and ticketed clinics. More info coming soon!
How to Attend The International Omaha takes place April 4-7, 2019 at the CHI Health Center Omaha. VIP Tickets are now on sale, general admission tickets coming soon. Entry is free to the day competitions, the Boutique Shopping Village, Horse Discovery Zone, and Tailgate Lounge.