The doors opened at Heritage Park in Chilliwack for the 10th year Friday. It has been an incredible decade for the horse expo that has grown every year to its present status of being the most comprehensive equine-specific education and trade show in North America.
“We have had such wonderful experiences with those who have come through our doors in the past ten years, including our clinicians, our exhibitors, and the public who have shown us do much support,” says show organizer Gail Barker. “New friends have become old friends.”
“We have weathered many challenges, including the weather itself, in some cases! Little did we know when we started this ten years ago that it would grow to be what it is today.”
The best features of The Mane Event offered since Day One have been supplemented with new events and attractions to appeal to an ever increasing audience. The popularity of the Equine Experience has resulted in the fast-paced entertainment event now being offered on both Friday and Saturday evenings. Door prizes are being awarded throughout the weekend. Saturday features an equine fashion show. And for those who are looking for an oasis in the middle of the hectic activity, a VIP pass option is now being offered.
This year’s international line-up of equestrian clinicians and specialists include Olympic show jumper Joe Fargis from Virginia, Trainer’s Challenge competitor Paul Clarkson of Australia, Swedish-native Anne Gribbons, who will be sharing her extensive dressage knowledge, and AQHA champion and trainer Al Dunning from Arizona. Storme Camarillo-Robbins (reining), Steve Rother (horsemanship), Ruben Villasenor (Horsemen’s Western Dressage) and Kerry Kuhn (Trainer’s Challenge) have also travelled from the US to conduct educational sessions. British Columbia’s high level of equine expertise is represented by Cayley Wilson (Trainer’s Challenge), Elisa Marocchi (driving), and Doug Mills (horsemanship).
This year’s indoor Trade Show, which has grown to overflowing capacity over the past ten years, is filled with over 170 exhibitors showcasing a wide range of equine gifts, equipment, training and information.