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THE NORTHWEST WASHINGTON HORSE EXPO


by Catherine Madera


plenty of fun are part of the recipe making up the fastest growing equestrian sport in the nation: mounted shooting. It is just one of the extreme sports featured at the Northwest Washington Horse Expo coming to Lynden, Washington October 5-7. Headlined by Cowboy Hall of Fame clinician Craig Cameron and his Extreme Cowboy Racing, the expo promises to be an inspiring weekend celebrating equine lifestyle and cowboy culture.


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A First for Everything For more than a hundred years, thousands in northwest Wash-


ington have crowded the fairgrounds each August for a week that is jam-packed with outstanding exhibits and entertainment. And with its free horse show attracting 1,000 visitors per day, it was only natural the fairgrounds planned an all-equine event that featured the best. Clearly, the northwest loves horses. “The Northwest Washington Fair Association is about more than just a six day event in August,” says fair manager Jim Baron. “We want to bring events to the residents that are of interest and may not be available if we did not make the effort to help organize them. We are always asking the question, “What can we do that would be of value to local citizens that is not now available?” According to Baron and the fair board, the Horse Expo is an answer to that question.


The Cowboy Inside One of the greatest things about equine expos is that they offer something to both horse owners and horse enthusiasts — those who may not own a horse but have the heart of a cowgirl or cowboy. Extreme Cowboy Racing is an example of something that appeals to anyone who appreciates the bond between horse and rider. A fast-paced, fun event that showcases advanced horsemanship, it is very popular with spectators. First created by Texan Craig Cameron and Ryan Dohrn, the popularity of this sport proves what Cameron believes — “Everybody has a little cowboy inside.” The expo will feature at least 7 different venues with activities going on all day. Even if you aren’t a cowboy style rider, a wide variety of clinicians will be exhibiting at the expo, truly providing something for everyone. Traditional western style horsemanship


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ere it not for the arena walls, the hard riding, gun-toting cowgirl on horseback could have been lifted straight from the pages of a history book. Raw horsepower, guns, and


and cowboy tradition will be offered by Craig Cameron, and Brent Rollins brings some vaquero style techniques with ranch roping. In addition, cow work and reining clinics will be offered by Whatcom County’s own Allison Trimble. A new shooter clinic presented by Heather Gastelum, president of Western Washington Mounted Shooters, will introduce newcomers to this exciting sport. The club is part of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association.


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English style disciplines and all-around horsemanship methods


won’t be neglected at the Northwest Horse Expo. Get inspired in your equine partnership by motivational speaker and founder of Resistance Free Horsemanship, Richard Shrake and learn sound, all-around principles for horse training from popular clinician


www.nwhorsesource.com


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