Horse Expo’s 8th Year Opens to Impressive Crowds

Chilliwack, BC — A very rainy day in Chilliwack chased a large number of equine enthusiasts indoors, and right into The Mane Event Equine Education and Trade Fair at Heritage Park. The aisles were buzzing with people shopping, in between attending one of the several clinics and demonstrations that ran into the evening hours. Over 160 booths have packed the trade fair this year.

“We are so happy to see several new attendees here this year, and several new exhibitors,” commented Mane Event spokesperson Gail Barker. “A number of our vendors reported high Friday sales, which of course pleases us as well as them.”

The Trainers Challenge got underway with Jon Ensign of Montana up first. Past Trainers Challenge champion, Steve Rother (from Washington) followed in the round pen, with Alberta’s Kade Mills the last to be introduced to one of the colts brought in by Douglas Lake Ranch.

The clinics were well attended while several lucky riders having the opportunity to participate in a clinic with one of the trainers, including show jumper Bernie Traurig, Axel Steiner (dressage), reiner Jeff Petska and barrel racer Judy Myllymaki. A long line up of people formed when it was announced that they could have the experience of riding side saddle, courtesy of Northwest Aside Group.

Doors open at 9:00am Saturday with another full day of activity. One of the highlights is an appearance of two of the stars from the hit family television drama, Heartland. Jessica Amlee (who plays Mallory Wells) and Kerry James (Caleb Odell) will be meeting with fans and signing autographs from noon to 4pm. The day will end with the Saturday Night Equine Experience.

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Check out these UTube videos from the first day of the Mane Event:

Jeff Petska, World Equestrian Games’ chef d’equipe for the US Reining Team, is introduced at his first clinic at the Mane Event. 

Three trainers draw the names of the colts they will be working with over the three days of the Trainers Challenge 

Dr. Dave Perrin talks about the books he has written, including his latest one that is filled with stories about his experiences as a vet