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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Spring/Summer Show Previews & Trainers 2021

19th Annual Horse World Expo Features Trail Champions Challenge, Rescued to Stardom, Equi-Tainment, Top Clinicians, Theatre Equus

HARRISBURG, Pa.--The world of horses comes to the 25-acre climate-controlled Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in
Harrisburg on March 3-6.

Expo 1Horse World Expo, the mid-Atlantic region’s largest equestrian expo, features four days of non-stop education, entertainment and shopping.

Scores of horses of all breeds and types and an international cast of leading equestrian clinicians and entertainers draw tens of thousands of horse enthusiasts from across the eastern United States and beyond.

Horse World Expo is two events in one.

The Expo itself features regional, national and international clinicians covering virtually every conceivable topic of interest to horse owners and enthusiasts, competitions and showcases for regional horses and riders, and unparalleled shopping with everything imaginable for horses under one roof.

Theatre Equus, A Musical Equine Revue, is a professionally choreographed and scripted show in which humans and horses partner to perform remarkable feats of daring and beauty.

Theatre Equus will be held the evenings of March 4 and 5 in conjunction with the Expo.

Expo 2Geared to all ages, Theatre Equus is an evening of family entertainment starring horses -- part Wild West show, part equestrian ballet and part equestrian theater.

Performances by some of the country’s most highly trained horses are accompanied by concert quality music, enhanced lighting and narration.

Those amazed by the performances during Theatre Equus, can learn how they teach their horse to perform before crowds of thousands during the Expo.

The Trail Champions Challenge, held Saturday morning, is a timed and judged event in which competitors of all ages negotiate a difficult set of obstacles that test athleticism, horsemanship and the communication and bond between horse and rider.

The exciting and entertaining competition features horse and rider combinations from throughout the region, competing for cash prizes, which are judged on the quality of partnership at each obstacle.

Meet some very special horses!

Ten unbroke rescue horses embarked on a journey in November.

Expo 3Area rescues have partnered with area trainers to help these horses become Rescued to Stardom!

Their journey began as untrained and  unwanted horses.

They beat the odds and found their way into the hands of caring rescue groups and now, after 90 days of training, watch these unlikely horses compete for cash and prizes by performing two freestyle routines.

The competition will be held on Friday and Saturday.

In the end, all the competitors win as these horses will now be prepared to start a new life as an adoptable and treasured riding companion.

Equi-Tainment!

A Musical Equine Variety Show presents drill teams, musical freestyles, mounted archery, carriage racing, tricks and other exciting and entertaining displays of horsemanship.

Other featured exhibitions are the Parade of Breeds and Stallion Avenue Demonstration, each held daily.

In addition to top equestrian clinicians and performers, the 19th annual Horse World Expo features hundreds of vendors, and equines of many breeds and disciplines.

Expo 4Vendors will fill the Expo Hall with an overwhelming selection of horse related merchandise for browsing and buying.

Visitors can learn about a variety of breeds on Breed Row, meet breeding stallions up close on Stallion Avenue. T

he latest in horse keeping technology will be featured at the show along with apparel, barns, artwork, books, equestrian vacations, feed, trailers, tack, training, schools, and much more.

Horse World Expo hours are: Thursday, Mar 3, noon to 8 pm; Friday, Mar 4, 10 am – 8 pm; Saturday, Mar 5, 9 am – 8 pm; Sunday, Mar 6, 9 am – 5 pm.

Daily admission (cash only at the door) is $15 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12.

Children under 6 are admitted free.

Tickets are available at the door, on the website at www.horseworldexpo.com, or by mail.

Reserved seating for Theatre Equus, which begins at 8:30 pm and runs about 90 minutes on Friday, Mar 4 and Saturday, Mar 5, is $15 to $27.

Tickets are available at the show (while supplies last) or online at www.horseworldexpo.com.

The Farm Show Complex, Cameron and Maclay Sts., Harrisburg, charges $10 per day for parking.

For more information, phone (301) 916-0852.

The Stables at Fox Crossing monthly schooling shows are back, with a big expansion planned

COCHRANVILLE, Pa.--The Stables At Fox Crossing (SFC) offers excellent training opportunities at its monthly jumper shows.

SFC 1SFC’s mission is to provide an exceptional and fun learning experience for every competitor, whether it be over 2’ fences at a first ever competition or a 3’6 tune-up for the seasoned competitor.

SFC is known for inviting, educational jump courses, rider-friendly management and beautifully decorated jumps.

An electronic timer system and timer board add to the ambience of the shows and spectator enjoyment.

Regular divisions include two-phase, time first round, and jump-off classes, with ribbons for first through sixth plus Division Champion and Reserve.

SFC’s summer shows run in the outdoor ring.

Currently, shows are run to comply with covid restrictions and to preclude all person to person interface, so you can relax and compete.

Pre-entry and pre-payment are mandatory for covid shows.

Closing dates for pre-entries are in effect.

Division size is limited, and time is scheduled between divisions so no crowding in the trailer park.

Efficiency, safety and rider enjoyment are top priorities.

SFC 2

For the future, in May, SFC began construction of a new show ring, called "Moore Stadium" in appreciation of Mr. Walter Moore for the donation of land.

The new show ring will be SFC's largest yet, with well over 30,000 square feet and when combined with the existing indoor arena and two outside rings, SFC anticipates hosting recognized shows upon completion of the Moore Stadium.

With larger shows comes greater demand for parking, so SFC has expanded both the lower and upper parking lots for cars and trailers.

SFC also upgraded the cross country/derby field.

After removing old fence lines and a few trees, SFC has dedicated seven acres for x-country schooling and show.

With the new water complex with banks and steps, three new ditches and multiple new portable obstacles, it’s a safe bet there will be many happy riders in SFC's future.

With so many wonderful additions and upgrades, it's no wonder that the cost of completion is straining the finances of this local boarding and show barn, so SFC is asking its ever-growing equestrian family to help with donations small and large.

When someone donates $100 or more, SFC will engrave a brick paver with your family or horse name to be displayed on the walkway around the new Stadium, a wonderful way to create a lasting memorial to a beloved horse.

For details, visit www.thestablesatfoxcrossing.com or call 443-866-5375.

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