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 got to catch up with the good folks at Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue and Harmany Equine.
- 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!
You “corraled” myself and friends at EA and said we were the typical demographic, so as such, I need to say increase your font size.
Also I have an article brewing that was inspired by the versitile horse challenge if you are interested.
Read all of the last issue and enjoyed it !