We had a great time at the Equine Affaire in West Springfield, Massachusetts earlier this month. With over 100,000 attendees, you see and hear a lot, including news from a brilliant, 92-year old trail rider! We note here some Best of the Equine Affaire and Things Heard at the Equine Affaire. Check them out:
Heard at EA:
- I have multiple sclerosis and when I have a seizure, my horse stops and waits for me.
- You know you’re at the Equine Affaire when two peoples’ phones go off and one is a theme from “Good, Bad, and the Ugly” ringtone and the other is “Bonanza.”
- Said when receiving one of our Nicker More Buck Less bumper stickers: Will this work for my horse if I put it in his stall?
- I can’t go fast on my pleasure horse because I don’t want him to learn to go fast.
- I threw a bucket at him and he still wouldn’t go in his stall.
- My horse won’t do trail classes because he won’t put his nose to the ground and I can’t just tie his nose to the ground.
Best of the Equine Affaire:
- We loved hearing the wisdom of presenter Warwick Schiller, who traveled from California to give several presentations.
- We loved the folks from Redmond Equine, our neighbors in the Better Living Center and donors of one of our fabulous booth giveaways.
- We loved seeing partner Lucerne Farms, the Maine forage company. Owner Richard James happily reported that they sold out of all their offerings.
- We splurged and bought hats from the good folks at Cardenas Hats.
- We enjoyed wine and cheese compliments of talented equine artist Sarah Lynn Richards.
- As rookies to the Equine Affaire, we got great vendor tips from Victor Champ of Leaf Filter Gutter Protection and Bobby Fantarella of Elm City Trailers. Thanks, guys!