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Post by Tamara Howa » Tue, 07 Dec 2004 09:06:25


from newsobserver.com

RALEIGH -- GaWaNi Pony Boy firmed his stance, gripped the neck of the
palomino quarter horse and swung his hips onto her back, displaying to
a Southern Horse Festival audience the proper way to do a bare-back
mount.
The startled horse backed up, bucked and bumped into the chain-link
fence that caged the two, causing Pony Boy, who promotes natural
horsemanship methods based on Native American culture, to jump off and
adjust his tight Wrangler jeans and starched white shirt.

"And that's how you do an emergency dismount," he said to the chuckles
of about 100 people watching his clinic on controlling and
communicating with horses in tight spaces. A few tugs on the reigns
later, the horse was calm.

His was just one of the dozens of demonstrations, exhibits and classes
at the three-day expo at the state fairgrounds.

Organizers estimate that by the time the festival ends today, about
1,500 equine enthusiasts will have visited the Jim Graham Building and
Dorton Arena to shop, learn about riding and feeding techniques,
listen to lectures on equine diseases, share stable stories and
otherwise horse around.

The event, which is one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast,
features about 150 exhibitors and almost two-dozen equine breeds
including donkeys, mules and horses, said Kim Spell, the festival's
executive director.

Today's events include clinics by nationally known horse trainers or
riders such as Pony Boy, Anne Kursinski, Lynn Palm and Curt Pate.
Lecture topics include horse showmanship, grooming, breeding and
facility design.

"It's a one-stop shop," said Glenn T. Petty, president of the North
Carolina Horse Council. "We've got something for everybody from the
accomplished horseman to the guy who is thinking about getting a pony
for his daughter or son."

To wit, it's where one can buy a $3,000 saddle and painted horse
plates, take a few steps and learn about emergency preparedness for
large animals, speak with a horse insurer or learn more about
high-stepping Tennessee walking horses -- or even low-carb diets for
horses.

Molly Daly and her mother woke up with the sun Saturday and made the
three-hour trek from Arapahoe to attend the festival.

Molly, 10, had the Christmas list: A purple riding jacket, pink boots
and a purple blanket for her 6-year-old paint mare, Patches.

Her 39-year-old mom, Jennifer Daly, had the wallet.

Still, Molly said: "We both agreed to come here."

 
 
 

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Post by J. Z. M » Tue, 07 Dec 2004 10:03:03


Quote:

> His was just one of the dozens of demonstrations, exhibits and classes
> at the three-day expo at the state fairgrounds.

> Organizers estimate that by the time the festival ends today, about
> 1,500 equine enthusiasts will have visited the Jim Graham Building and
> Dorton Arena to shop, learn about riding and feeding techniques,
> listen to lectures on equine diseases, share stable stories and
> otherwise horse around.

> The event, which is one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast,
> features about 150 exhibitors and almost two-dozen equine breeds
> including donkeys, mules and horses, said Kim Spell, the festival's
> executive director.

> Today's events include clinics by nationally known horse trainers or
> riders such as Pony Boy, Anne Kursinski, Lynn Palm and Curt Pate.
> Lecture topics include horse showmanship, grooming, breeding and
> facility design.

> "It's a one-stop shop," said Glenn T. Petty, president of the North
> Carolina Horse Council. "We've got something for everybody from the
> accomplished horseman to the guy who is thinking about getting a pony
> for his daughter or son."

> To wit, it's where one can buy a $3,000 saddle and painted horse
> plates, take a few steps and learn about emergency preparedness for
> large animals, speak with a horse insurer or learn more about
> high-stepping Tennessee walking horses -- or even low-carb diets for
> horses.

> Molly Daly and her mother woke up with the sun Saturday and made the
> three-hour trek from Arapahoe to attend the festival.

> Molly, 10, had the Christmas list: A purple riding jacket, pink boots
> and a purple blanket for her 6-year-old paint mare, Patches.

> Her 39-year-old mom, Jennifer Daly, had the wallet.

> Still, Molly said: "We both agreed to come here."

You just described the Equine Affaire! :) though, last time I heard reports
it was nearly 10,000 enthusiasts who venture to the EA each day. Only 1500
entrance fees would not be smiled upon here at the Big EA grounds. It's held
on the grounds of the Eastern States Pavilions in Springfield, Ma.; our
state fair is now the entire North East and they call the states combined
fair the Big E. It's really quite good, and rivals most anything in the
country. C'on up and see it sometime for a vacation. :)

Jody

 
 
 

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Post by Madeline Rockwel » Tue, 07 Dec 2004 11:36:16



Quote:
> You just described the Equine Affaire! :) though, last time I heard
> reports
> it was nearly 10,000 enthusiasts who venture to the EA each day. Only 1500
> entrance fees would not be smiled upon here at the Big EA grounds. It's
> held
> on the grounds of the Eastern States Pavilions in Springfield, Ma.; our
> state fair is now the entire North East and they call the states combined
> fair the Big E. It's really quite good, and rivals most anything in the
> country. C'on up and see it sometime for a vacation. :)

Equine Affaire in Ma. did 95,000 paid at the gate in 2003. This year was
MUCH bigger, as Thursday was a holiday....

madeline

 
 
 

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Post by Tom Stoval » Tue, 07 Dec 2004 12:41:33

Quote:

>Equine Affaire in Ma. did 95,000 paid at the gate in 2003. This year >was MUCH bigger, as Thursday was a holiday...

My Long Island niece and her veterinarian husband keep trying to get me
(Katy Prairie Forge) to do Equine Affaire. Me'n Slim would love to go,
but they don't get enough folks to make it worthwhile.  

Houston did an audited two million in '04 and is a helluva lot closer to
home.

ObH: Ponyquest in progress.
--
Tom Stovall, CJF
Farrier & Blacksmith

http://www.katyforge.com

 
 
 

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Post by Madeline Rockwel » Tue, 07 Dec 2004 13:23:31


Quote:

>>Equine Affaire in Ma. did 95,000 paid at the gate in 2003. This year >was
>>MUCH bigger, as Thursday was a holiday...

> My Long Island niece and her veterinarian husband keep trying to get me
> (Katy Prairie Forge) to do Equine Affaire. Me'n Slim would love to go,
> but they don't get enough folks to make it worthwhile.

> Houston did an audited two million in '04 and is a helluva lot closer to
> home.

But Tom, it's only 4 days and you would get a chance to meet your east coast
fans. Plus I think I suggested you as a speaker....

madeline

 
 
 

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Post by CMNewel » Tue, 07 Dec 2004 22:06:03



Quote:

>>Equine Affaire in Ma. did 95,000 paid at the gate in 2003. This year >was MUCH bigger, as Thursday was a holiday...

>My Long Island niece and her veterinarian husband keep trying to get me
>(Katy Prairie Forge) to do Equine Affaire. Me'n Slim would love to go,
>but they don't get enough folks to make it worthwhile.  

But Tom, think quality, not quantity!
Think of the possibilities for a rec.eq convocation...

CMNewell, DVM

"Do you realize that
world peace could be achieved with Basset Hounds?"
--Terry von Gease

 
 
 

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Post by Tom Stoval » Tue, 07 Dec 2004 23:00:02

Quote:




> >>Equine Affaire in Ma. did 95,000 paid at the gate in 2003. This year >was MUCH bigger, as Thursday was a holiday...

> >My Long Island niece and her veterinarian husband keep trying to get me
> >(Katy Prairie Forge) to do Equine Affaire. Me'n Slim would love to go,
> >but they don't get enough folks to make it worthwhile.

> But Tom, think quality, not quantity!
> Think of the possibilities for a rec.eq convocation...

The mind boggles!
--
Tom Stovall, CJF
Farrier & Blacksmith

http://www.katyforge.com
 
 
 

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Post by J. Z. M » Tue, 07 Dec 2004 23:48:29


Quote:
> My Long Island niece and her veterinarian husband keep trying to get me
> (Katy Prairie Forge) to do Equine Affaire. Me'n Slim would love to go,
> but they don't get enough folks to make it worthwhile.

Tom, your iron work would be a welcomed favorite at the EA.  Trust me, you
would sell things like hot cakes. The problem is they charge a hefty fee to
get space, and they have a waiting list. If you ever want to put up a spot
be sure to get out the word, I know people would pay for your rent in short
order by buying all you have in a day, then the next two days could be spent
taking orders.  Two exhibitors I spoke to in depth said they completely ran
out of stock on Thursday this year. ONE day! Some of the booths hired extra
workers to take orders on merchandise. I know the rep for Amerigo saddles,
he had nothing left, and had to take orders. Saddles that cost at least
$2000, seems people have cash.

Iron work is not over saturated the market yet, the metal design work that
has indoor quality has two booths. Nothing I have seen is done for outside
use.  I bought an inside dressage horse in a circle, steel burned to provide
the color on the horse, an oval to hang in my barn for $90.00. Not cheap,
but excellent work by a lady in Texas, I do not have her address with me or
I'd look her up for you. You would sell those*** saddle racks so fast
your head would spin, I'd bet money on it; nothing like that is even there
to buy so far.

93,000 people? Where in the world can you get that kind of exposure?

Jody

 
 
 

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Post by Mary McHug » Wed, 08 Dec 2004 01:13:37


Quote:




>>>Equine Affaire in Ma. did 95,000 paid at the gate in 2003. This year >was
>>>MUCH bigger, as Thursday was a holiday...

>> My Long Island niece and her veterinarian husband keep trying to get me
>> (Katy Prairie Forge) to do Equine Affaire. Me'n Slim would love to go,
>> but they don't get enough folks to make it worthwhile.

>> Houston did an audited two million in '04 and is a helluva lot closer to
>> home.

>But Tom, it's only 4 days and you would get a chance to meet your east coast
>fans. Plus I think I suggested you as a speaker....

I'm willing to start the petition for Tom as speaker. Tom, if you'd "love to
go", then what difference does the attendance make?  We're QUALITY attendees.
:-)

Mary

(PS Just so you don't sound too far out of place, when you visit your niece it's
more properly pronounced "Lawn Guyland")

 
 
 

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Post by tro.. » Tue, 14 Dec 2004 11:50:50

<<Mary spoketh:  I'm willing to start the petition for Tom as speaker.
Tom, if you'd "love to
go", then what difference does the attendance make? We're QUALITY
attendees.
:-)

Tom could potentially get booth space for free if he is a speaker.  AND
hotel.   That how it works at some shows.

I'm always curious about these attendance figures -- when ya do the
math (number of reasonable hours when people are arriving, number of
gates,  etc) it makes it impossible for that many people to be
streaming through  available doors for endless hours  with no let up to
come up with such figures.   But, who cares . ..

 
 
 

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Post by Madeline Rockwel » Tue, 14 Dec 2004 18:29:12


Quote:
> <<Mary spoketh:  I'm willing to start the petition for Tom as speaker.
> Tom, if you'd "love to
> go", then what difference does the attendance make? We're QUALITY
> attendees.
> :-)

> Tom could potentially get booth space for free if he is a speaker.  AND
> hotel.   That how it works at some shows.

> I'm always curious about these attendance figures -- when ya do the
> math (number of reasonable hours when people are arriving, number of
> gates,  etc) it makes it impossible for that many people to be
> streaming through  available doors for endless hours  with no let up to
> come up with such figures.   But, who cares . ..

Well, I didn't just make up the 95,000 figure for Equine Affaire. Whereas EA
itself would have reason to round their figures up , the person I spoke to
was from The Big E, and it was based on wristband sales.

madeline

 
 
 

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Post by JC Dil » Wed, 15 Dec 2004 04:26:26

On Mon, 13 Dec 2004 04:29:12 -0500, "Madeline Rockwell"

Quote:

>Well, I didn't just make up the 95,000 figure for Equine Affaire. Whereas EA
>itself would have reason to round their figures up , the person I spoke to
>was from The Big E, and it was based on wristband sales.

Wristband *sales* or wristbands distributed?  At many conventions,
vendors are given wristbands for booth employees and favored
customers, not all of these wristbands are used.  I'd like to see
actual turnstile figures.

jc

 
 
 

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Post by Madeline Rockwel » Wed, 15 Dec 2004 05:00:00


Quote:

> On Mon, 13 Dec 2004 04:29:12 -0500, "Madeline Rockwell"

>>Well, I didn't just make up the 95,000 figure for Equine Affaire. Whereas
>>EA
>>itself would have reason to round their figures up , the person I spoke to
>>was from The Big E, and it was based on wristband sales.

> Wristband *sales* or wristbands distributed?  At many conventions,
> vendors are given wristbands for booth employees and favored
> customers, not all of these wristbands are used.  I'd like to see
> actual turnstile figures.

They told me sales.

madeline