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Promoters Consider Equifair 2001 To Be A Success by Kevin DeBusk Heavy downpours on Saturday didn't dampen the spirits of Equifair 2001 promoters or patrons. The October 13 and 14 event, which was produced by the Shelby Farms Equestrian Alliance, drew an estimated fourteen hundred to Shelby Show Place, in Memphis, Tennessee. Daily events consisted of hands on demonstrations, question an answer sessions with professionals and vendors offering anything you might need. Visitors also registered to win a Tucker Endurance Saddle donated by Charles Tacket, of Cowboy Corner. Bill Theobald was the winner. "We were very pleased considering it was our first one and the weather," Shelby Farms Equestrian Alliance President Peggy Hart said. "What we were trying to do was address not just people with horses but also those without. "One of the things we wanted to accomplish was to give those with different breeds the opportunity to talk with people in an intimate setting and we thought it was important to have the professionals, like the Mid-South Farriers Association and the Equine Veterinarian's Association, here." Saturday evenings "Equifair 2001 A Horse Odyssey" was an entertainment spectacular. It allowed spectators the opportunity to see several breeds in action. "I thought our Saturday night program went well," Peggy stated. "Dolly Gibbons did a wonderful job with the music, script and getting the acts. The crowd really got into it." With everything they offered Peggy admitted the only reason it was truly a success was because of the volunteers. These included the Girl Scouts of America from the Mid-South area. "They were excellent," Peggy stated. As for a second Equifair Peggy said "our plan is to do it again next year and make it bigger and better."

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