Record crowds attend the second annual Saskatachewan Equine Expo in Saskatoon
In excess of 10,000 horse enthusiasts passed through the doors at Saskatoon Prairieland Park for the second annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo in Saskatoon, February 15â€?17, 2013. The threeâ€?day event presented in partnership with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the Saskatchewan Horse Federation, featured educational seminars presented by the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, clinician Paul Dufresne, 11 breeds on display, an industry trade show, demonstrations by the Saskatchewan Hunter Jumper Association, the Alberta Donkey and Mule Association, Trainers Challenge, and Friday and Saturday evening Equine Extravaganza. New to the event this year was Canada’s Ultimate Cowhorse competition where participants from across the provinces showcased their best horses in three components for the Champion buckle and prize money.
The Trainer’s Challenge, sponsored by NAERIC, showcased the talents of three outstanding horse trainers â€? Dale Clearwater from Hanley, SK, Clint Christianson from Bracken, SK, and Jesse Lussier of Ste. Rose du Lac, MB. All three amazing horseman amazed the crowd during each session with their individual skills. At the end of the event, hometown favorite Dale Clearwater was awarded the championship title for the second year in a row.
A clinic presented by Paul Dufresne from Pritchard, B.C. was a big hit with spectators and preâ€?registered participants alike. Paul also presented exhibition performances at the Extravaganzas on Friday and Saturday nights.
The industry trade show, once again exceeded expectations with vendors indicating they will be back next year. Expanding the trade show space by an additional 13,000 square feet, was much appreciated indicated Prairieland Park Agriculture Manager, Lori Cates.
A show highlight was the Equine Extravaganza held two evenings, both Friday and Saturday. The crowd that gathered in the Prairieland Park Ag Centre was overwhelming and adding the additional evening performance enabled more spectators the opportunity to enjoy the shows. The event demonstrated the diversity of different horse breeds and disciplines. The audience was amazed by the professionalism of Paul Dufresne and his Andalusian horses, the fence work component of the Cowhorse competition and the diversity of the Miniature Horses as well.
“Standing room only, once again confirms that Saskatchewan people really appreciate that we are showcasing the equine industry right here in Saskatoon,” said Brenda Sapergia, Livestock Manager.
For further information on the Saskatchewan Equine Expo visit www.saskatchewanequineexpo.com.
For more information please contact:
Manager – Livestock
Manager – Agriculture