Back from the Western States Horse Expo

Rick and I just got back from exhibiting at the 2011 Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, California.  Even with a lot of caution around EHV-1 there was still good attendance with visitors from Oregon and Nevada in addition to CA.  We got to meet with many customers- both current and prospective, and gave out tons of ribbons, making kids smile with a Clean Pony Award or blue rosette.
 

Besides manning the booth we got to check out demonstrations (like Cowboy Mounted Shooting)  and lessons by clinicians, including well-known horseman John Lyons, former Olympic dressage rider Charlotte Bredahl, hunter-jumper trainer Nick Karazissis Jr., and competitive trail champion Mark Bolender.

Here are a few photos:

Rick with Sydney of the California State Horsemen's Association, and a flat of freshly picked fruit (yum)

Clinician Mark Bolender and his horse Checkers negotiate the log pile (bridleless!)

The Art Show awarded Chatham Rosettes to winners in photography, sculpting, drawing, painting and more

 

California trip photos

As promised in my previous post, I am here to share some photos from our trip to California.  After we finished up on Sunday evening at the Horse Expo, Rick and I drove south to Burbank after stopping in Fresno.  We were lucky to visit with Larry and Marnye Langer of Langer Equestrian Group who showed us around the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.  Here are some photos our our adventures:

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Visit to Western States Horse Expo

Last weekend, Rick and I had a great time in Sacramento meeting with customers and prospective customers at the Western States Horse Expo.  The Expo was huge.  There were four buildings filled with great vendors, a full schedule with clinics (by Olympians) and breed demonstrations, and even a separate Dogs Pavilion with demonstrations by Splashdogs, a dock diving competition for dogs.

Having grown up in New England and always ridden English, I’d never been to a horse auction before, and got to see them auction off over 100 western horses.  I quickly had to learn the auctioneer’s “language”… and be careful not to raise my hand!  I even got the chance to see a model horse (Breyer) competition.

Back out our booth, the customers we spoke with were excited to see our Pewtarex plates and bronze resin trophies in person.  They also were impressed by the wide variety of multicolor side streamers we offer.

One other thing: we also made friends with our neighbors in the booth across the way.  So if you’re out West and need some shavings, be sure to check out Rosebud.

Now I know you’re waiting for the photos… but due to a technical difficulty you’ll have to wait for an update tonight or tomorrow.

Previewing the Western States Horse Expo

Do you live out west?  If you’re a horse person on the west coast, chances are you’ve heard of the Western States Horse Expo, which is taking place in Sacramento from June 11-13.  Here at Hodges we’ve been told that it’s the single biggest horse expo in the U.S.! (Yes, that mean’s it’s bigger than any of the Equine Affaires or Horse World Expo).  So, while we may be late to the party, this year we’re setting up our booth in the Main Market Mall Building A.

Looking at the schedule, there is something for everyone.  Clinicians include Olympian eventer Gina Miles and natural horsemanship proponent Julie Goodnight.  For the kids, there’s the BreyerWest exhibit and Young Rider West with arts & crafts and pony rides.  There’s also a new Dogs Pavilion (we hope the dog show folks will wander over to our area as unfortunately we can’t split ourselves in two) and an evening show each night.  Friday features the Magnificent 7, a multi-discipline trainer’s competition, and Saturday has the Alltech Equestrian Extravaganza, with previews of the events taking place at this year’s World Equestrian Games.

Want to find out more?  Western States’ website is very thorough, with schedules and details for each event.   They’re also on facebook- so check out their page (& maybe win some free tickets).