Whether you own a stable full of horses or merely love to watch them run, this is an ideal venue to get a closer look at all the pretty horses. Highlights of this three-day event include the Saturday Night Equine Extravaganza, The BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe, Barrel Racing with Sharon Camarillo, the Extreme Cowboy Race with Craig Cameron, the Breed Parade, Dressage with Jessica Wisdom, Marvin Pierce’s Cowdogs, and Steve Rother’s Western Doma Vaquera. Many local ranches and riding stables will also be represented offering sign-ups for private and group riding lessons.
If you want to do a little shopping, there’ll be over 100 commercial vendors selling everything from Western-style jewelry to high quality feed, saddles, horseshoes, and horse trailers. For good eats, trot on over to the Chuckwagon and Saloon for burgers, nachos, hot dogs, and excellent barbecue. Then take your colts and fillies to some of the many kid-friendly activities in the Children’s Area. The Horse Expo also offers a huge selection of classes, demonstrations and workshops on topics ranging from how to pack a saddlebag to career options for those who love to work with horses. The complete schedule of activities is available online, or check out the Horse Expo website at www.wastatehorseexpo.com.
Tickets, which can be purchased online or at the gate for $1 more, are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and kids ages seven to 12; kids under seven are free. Three-day passes are also available for bargain prices. Parking is $6. The Horse Expo begins at noon on Friday, Feb. 19, and closes at 9 p.m. Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 (with the Equine Extravaganza at 7 p.m.), and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21.