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2002/03/08

13th Volunteer Horse Fair Set For March 22-24 Farriers who think horses are better off without shoes. Trainers who will tell you the best way is whichever way you and your horse work out together. Horseback riding for people who are afraid of horses. The latest and the broadest range of equine-related subjects will be on the table and in the ring at the upcoming Volunteer Horse Fair. The 13th Annual Volunteer Horse Fair will be held March 22-24 at the Tennessee Livestock Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. "We think this is the ultimate equine weekend, especially for horse people who think there's something left to learn," says Tennessee Horse Council executive directive Anita Scott. "We work hard to bring new concepts and interesting issues into the fair schedule. Professional and experienced horse people need to hear new techniques; newcomers need to feel they don't have to know everything about a horse to be a part of the equine community. The pros we bring to the Volunteer Horse Fair have something worth sharing with every equine enthusiast." The event begins Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. with an admission price of $5. Saturday shows and sessions start at 9:00 a.m. and Sunday's schedule begins at 10:00 a.m.. Admission is $8:00; children aged 6 and younger are admitted free. A weekend admission pass is $15. This year's theme is "United in Diversity: Showcasing Equine History." The Volunteer Horse Fair is sponsored by the Tennessee Horse Council, a not-for-profit organization representing all equine breeds and disciplines. Last year's event drew more than 10,000 equine enthusiasts from Tennessee and surrounding states. The fair features equine entertainment, educational seminars, demonstrations, one of the largest equine trade shows in the southeast, breed presentations, contests and more. "This multi-breed event features representatives from close to 30 equine-related associations," said Scott. "Tennessee's equine industry comes together once a year to bring together the very latest technologies, training techniques, issues education and entertainment under one roof. This in turn creates an incredible opportunity for the new, small-time and experienced equine owners or enthusiasts. "In one place, in one weekend, a backyard equine owner or a seasoned professional can gain an amazing amount of knowledge, expert advice and techniques to help make their horses' lives better and their own riding time safer and more enjoyable. I cannot imagine a better use of time and money for an equine lover than to spend some here at the Volunteer Horse Fair." Slated for the weekend are internationally acclaimed clinician Craig Cameron; the revolutionary hoof care concepts of farrier K.C La Pierre; teaching techniques by professional instructor Julie Goodnight; Larry Whitesell's advice for getting the most enjoyment out of naturally gaited animals; expert advice on equine tax issues by Lynda Hill; and safety education from Anna Miller. Other fair events include a high school rodeo; an all breed fun show; educational seminars; and, for those not yet ready to ride real equines, a stick-horse show complete with the crowning of Little Mr. and Miss Volunteer Horse Fair. Veterinary care and education seminar topics include equine reproduction and foaling; the most recently available vaccines for current disease concerns; an equine dentistry demonstration; and equine grooming and massage therapy. "Ultimately, horse people want to see horses," said the THC executive director, "and this weekend is filled with them, from an all-breed horse show to a stick horse show for children. It's a horse lover's paradise."

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