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America. This year’s event will feature
SPEAKS Program
Equine Affaire more than 450 vendors offering every-
thing from tack and apparel to horse-
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planning to build a barn, replace a
Revolutionizes Equine
dressage, driving, drill teams, vaulting,
fence, or install a riding arena or you
and more! A separate ticket is required,
want to research a new equine disci-
and tickets range in price from $12 to
pline, you’ll find information, manufac-
$25. Advance tickets are available
turers, dealers, associations, and other
Education
through March 31st and can be ordered
sources at Equine Affaire. And with
online at www.equineaffaire.com or by
spring right around the corner, you’ll
calling Equine Affaire.
have the perfect opportunity to get you
and your horse prepared for the upcom-
Wellington, Florida - January to horses is beginning to fade as everything from colors and
From Appaloosas to Zebras (Well,
ing pleasure riding and competition sea-
14, 2010 - Renowned course time progresses.” Hoping to breeds of horses, to how large a
Almost)
son.
designer and horse show man- give children an opportunity to horse’s stride is, to how a rider
There may not be any Zebras at
ager, Bobby Murphy has taken learn about the beauty, power, would go about navigating a
Equine Affaire, but you’ll find repre-
Equine Affaire 2010: The Best Value
equine education to the next and passion horses have to hunter course versus a jumper
sentatives of dozens of breeds from
Ever!
level by implementing the Sup- offer, Murphy visited Thorton’s course. Bringing to light the
around the world at the Cashman Breed
When it comes to tapping into the
porting and Promoting of 3rd grade class at Simmons many different connections the
Pavilion and Horse & Farm Exhibits
horse world and learning from the best
Equine Awareness in Kentucky Elementary School in Wood- third graders had to the horse
area. Whether your heart beats faster for
in the industry, there’s no greater bar-
Schools (SPEAKS) program. ford County, Kentucky. world, Murphy was able to
a Mini or a Morgan, a stock horse or a
gain than Equine Affaire. Adult admis-
The SPEAKS program is Historically, the horse has make being a part of the equine
sport horse, you’ll find it at Equine
sion includes admission to all clinics,
designed to work with elemen- always had a significant pur- industry more important in
Affaire—along with friendly, knowl-
seminars, demos and Craig Cameron’s
tary schools and community pose - aiding in developing those children’s lives.
edgeable breeders and association rep-
Extreme Cowboy Race . . . as well as a
groups to develop knowledge society whether “in war as Cal- Murphy truly enjoyed the
resentatives who’ll answer your ques-
free printed Equine Affaire program.
of the equine industry. From vary, in agriculture - growing experience, and in describing
tions about characteristics, uses, blood-
The program will be your event 411—
demonstrations at the horse crops, or in transportation.” how the children inspired him,
lines, and selection. There will be a
providing everything you’ll need to
park, to visits at the equine edu- Ensuring the value of the horse commented, “I was amazed to
rotating cast of stallions, mares, and
know to make the most of your visit.
cational museums, SPEAKS continues in the eyes of find out how most of the chil-
geldings presented daily in the Cash-
And why not use it to collect auto-
goal is to educate the future of mankind will require a concert- dren had ties with the horse
man Breed Pavilion and showcased in
graphs or jot down some notes from the
society about the importance ed effort of passionate horse- industry. Take for instance a
breed spotlights in the main arenas
clinics and seminars while you’re at it?
and impact of the horse indus- men and women integrating third grader named Frankie,
throughout the weekend.
If one day at Equine Affaire is
try in their lives. equine education into the cur- whose reward for doing well in good, then more are certainly better.
Inspired by the late Betsy riculums of Kentucky schools. school is spending a day at the
Learning and Fun for All Ages
Buy a four-day pass for just $48
Fishback, Bobby Murphy has “Equine education can be farm where one of his family
Explore a special place for horsey
(adults) or $28 (kids age 7–10). For
great hopes for the future, and implemented in every subject members is employed, riding
kids of all ages at the Youth Pavilion in
adults, that’s a savings of $8 over the
reflected on the origin of for students of every age,” around on the John Deer Gator,
the Celeste Center. In addition to edu-
daily rate. Advance tickets for Equine
SPEAKS, recounting, “Betsy Murphy says, adding that it is and interacting with horses.”
cational and horse-related youth associ-
Affaire are available through March
made my work with children on applicable across the board, Unfortunately, the emotional
ation exhibits, the Youth Pavilion will
19th; at-gate ticket sales will begin at
equine education, a passion for “from figuring the arc at which attachment Frankie has been
feature a full schedule of presentations
8:30am each event day.
me,” and as such, “the program a horse jumps over a fence in fortunate enough to experience
by many of the horse industry’s most
Go ahead, round up your horsey
has been a part of my life ever mathematics, to the biology of with the horses is no longer
popular educators, demonstrations of
friends or barn mates and make a get-
since.” an herbivore.” The educational seen, as often as it once was, in
horse breeds, daily stick horse rodeos,
away of it. Equine Affaire makes your
During this past holiday possibilities of incorporating the lives of children.
and many other fun activities for kids.
trip even more affordable with room
season, Murphy made a trip the horse into all schools are “When the USEF, the
Do a little elbow-rubbing at the Celebri-
blocks and special discounted rates at
home to Lexington, Kentucky exponential. USHJA, the Kentucky Horse
ty Horse Showcase, where you’ll meet
more than 40 area hotels. Or pack up
to further develop SPEAKS. The process began with Park, Kentucky Horse Shows
equine movie stars as well as “breed
your RV and camp right on the Ohio
While in Lexington, he met support from the local commu- LLC, the Alltech FEI World
stars” from different corners of the
Expo Center grounds where there are
with childhood friend, Sara nity. Murphy contacted the Equestrian Games, the commu-
horse world.
sites with electrical, water, and sewer
Thorton. Thorton grew up in Kentucky Horse Park’s Execu- nity, and educators work hookups.
Lexington on former Kentucky tive Director, John Nicholson, together, the passion for the
Test Your Equestrian Savvy and
No doubt about it: if you love hors-
Governor Brereton Jones’ and Nicholson graciously horse will illuminate more and
Skills
es, you can’t afford to miss Equine
Thoroughbred farm, Airdrie donated coloring books, more people each day just as it
Equine Affaire is teaming up with
Affaire 2010 at the Ohio Expo Center in
Stud. Thorton recalled her crayons, and equine literature, illuminated the third graders at
Craig Cameron to present his Extreme
Columbus. Whether you’re a complete
most memorable moments of including literature regarding Simmons Elementary School
Cowboy Race on Thursday and Friday
novice or an experienced equestrian,
growing up on a horse farm, the the Alltech FEI World Eques- this December,” Murphy con-
afternoons and Sunday morning in the
there will be a lot at Equine Affaire for
cluded.
coliseum at Equine Affaire. As seen on
you.
Upon discovering how
RFD-TV, the Extreme Cowboy Race is
influential their program has
a competition in which horse and rider
Those Who Make it Possible
proven to be in schools,
teams race through an obstacle course
Equine Affaire’s complement of
SPEAKS is looking to the
while being judged on their horseman-
educational activities and entertainment
future and is in the process of
ship abilities. Interested riders must
are made possible through generous
applying for a grant. With a
apply in advance to compete for $4250
sponsorships by dozens of equine-relat-
grant at a value of $215,000 the
in cash and other prizes. For details on
ed companies and organizations. As
SPEAKS program would
the race, prizes, and how to apply to
you partake of all that Equine Affaire
impact the lives of 640,000 kids
compete, consult www.equineaffaire.
has to offer, please extend your thanks
at 1,100 schools in the state of
com or call Equine Affaire. You won’t
to Pfizer Animal Health, Cashmans,
Kentucky. Specifically,
want to miss the action at this extreme
Rod’s Western Palace, Coughlin Auto-
SPEAKS would be able to
competition as 36 teams put their horse-
motive, Farnam, Andis Clippers, Uck-
function through the Depart-
manship skills to the test negotiating
ele Health & Nutrition, Light ‘N Last-
ment of Education, which
some tough challenges for both horse
ing, and the more than 30 other spon-
would open them up to more
and rider!
sors who have endorsed the educational
elementary schools across Ken- mission of Equine Affaire through their
tucky and beyond. Until Mur-
Throw Your (Riding) Hat in the Ring
sponsorships of the 17th annual Equine
phy receives the grant, he will
You can watch clinics and demos
Affaire in Ohio.
Bobby Murphy with Sara Thorton’s third grade class at Simmons
continue to donate his time
from the stands or take advantage of
Elementary School in Woodford County Kentucky.
with the support and funding of
unique opportunities to “Ride with the
The Complete Scoop
those who make the SPEAKS
Best” at the 2010 Equine Affaire! Most
The Equine Affaire Web site
foremost of which was “waking trian Games. program possible.
clinicians at this year’s event are
(www.equineaffaire.com) contains
up in the middle of the night to Building upon Nicholson’s Throughout the month of
accepting horses and riders for their
everything you need to make your visit
go down to the barn with my donations, Joanie Morris of the April, Murphy will head back
sessions. Clinic fees are quite reason-
a fun and successful one: admission
family to see the foals being United States Equestrian Feder- to the classroom, visiting dif-
able and include admission to the event
details, directions, hotel listings, a
born,” adding that, “as the foals ation (USEF) donated equine ferent schools. During the May
and stabling. If you’d like to do more
detailed clinic & seminar schedule, pre-
grew older, I used to come folders, pins, mouse pads, and horse shows at The Kentucky
than spectate or you’d like to have your
senter bios, maps, and tips for making
home after school and ride the other equine items. Some of Horse Park, the SPEAKS pro-
horse trained by a professional, consult
the most of your Equine Affaire experi-
horses around the farm.” This the most valuable donations gram, with the funding and sup-
www.equineaffaire.com or call Equine
ence. If you’re not Web-savvy, not to
memory meant the world to SPEAKS received from the port of Hugh Kincannon and
Affaire for details on Equine Affaire’s
worry. Call the Equine Affaire head-
Thorton. USEF included large equestrian Robby Murphy of Kentucky
Ride With The Best program.
quarters at (740) 845-0085 and speak to
The aforementioned child- posters, which are of great use Horse Shows LLC, and with a member of their knowledgeable,
hood of Sara Thorton is demon- in visually explaining the many the permission of Simmons
Efficient and Amazing One-Stop
horse-loving staff.
strative of the horse’s invalu- different disciplines of the Elementary Principal, Larry
Shopping for Horse Lovers
able presence in one’s life. equestrian sport. Caudill, will give students the
What’s a horse-fest without shop-
Visit Equine Affaire in Columbus,
Although, “horses have always With help from the many opportunity to take a field trip
ping? Lace up your most comfortable
OH, April 8–11!
had great meaning to generous supporters, Murphy to the park for a full day of
shoes and hoof it around the largest
mankind,” Murphy explains, “it was able to spend the day with equestrian enlightenment.
equine-related trade show in North
seems as though the connection Thorton’s class, describing
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