Chilliwack, BC — The Mane Event Equine Education and Trade Fair closed its doors at Heritage Park Sunday after its most successful event in its eight-year history. Over 25,000 equine enthusiasts took advantage of the clinics conducted by the international equine experts who shared their knowledge of everything from reining, horsemanship, and barrel racing to dressage, show jumping, extreme trail, equine nutrition and horse care.
“We are pleased that interest in the Mane Event just keeps getting stronger,” said Gail Barker, spokesperson for the Mane Event. “It’s nice that people come from afar, as well as locally, to take advantage of all that we have to offer. We were happy to see several new attendees here this year, and several new exhibitors. A number of our vendors reported high Friday sales, which pleases us of course.” Over 160 booths filled the trade fair this year.
The popular Trainers Challenge ended Sunday with Kade Mills being awarded the championship after going head to head with Jon Ensign and Steve Rother. In the final, all three trainers successfully completed all the mandatory challenges with the colts they had been working with since Friday. The young horses were brought in by the Douglas Lake Ranch.
Another weekend highlight was the appearance of two of the stars from the hit family television drama, Heartland. Fans lined up to meet Jessica Amlee (who plays Mallory Wells) and Kerry James (Caleb Odell) and to have their photos taken with them.
The Mane Event opens again in Alberta at Red Deer’s Westerner April 27 – 29, 2012 and returns to Chilliwack October 19-21, 2012. “We are always looking for ways to improve and add fresh interest to the event so next year, and leading up to our 10th anniversary in 2013, we will be adding some exciting new features,” said Barker.