Each year in April, Mid-Ohio Walking Horse Association actively participates at Equine Affaire the largest equine exposition/trade show in North America, held in Columbus, OH. This is an excellent venue to showcase our wonderful breed to the public thru direct hands-on interactions at breed promotion stalls, education presentations and under saddle demonstrations in the ring.
Mid Ohio Walking Horse Association, with the invaluable work of association president Mag Ranft, did a great job promoting NWHA
and Tennessee Walking Horse to the public at Equine Affaire in 2019.
Mag Ranft arranged for 13 horses to represent the breed across multiple divisions. There were 9 horses for ring demonstrations and breed booth/promotional stalls, and another 4 horses dedicated to breed booth/promotional stalls. There were also 2 in-hand demonstrations with public Q&A.
This year we had a variety of colors including black, spotted and gray, to present to the public. Along with the horses, came the owners from states including Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas and North Carolina; and trainers Jim Potter and Kyle Elliott from Ohio, and Mikal Spooner from North Carolina.
The weather was beautiful for most of the event. Sunday some early rain which later cleared. An advantage to rainy weather outside is more horse lovers inside to shop, attend clinics, learn about different breeds and clubs...and most importantly, learn about NWHA and the wonderful sound, flat shod Tennessee Walking Horse!!
Owners, trainers and volunteers worked hard all weekend to display the horses, answer questions and promote the breed to so many
of the 300,000 to 400,000 folks who attended Equine Affair each year. It was a great opportunity to share the multiple aspects and opportunities with a TWH from rail to trail, to connect with fellow TWH lovers from many states....and to promote NWHA and Mid-Ohio affiliated shows as well.
Promotion of the TWH is one of the purposes of Mid-Ohio Walking Horse Association, and Equine Affaire is a great opportunity to do just that. Many, many thanks to all who helped in front and behind the scenes.
Horses in under saddle and in-hand ring demonstrations:
Whoopi's Promise Angel – owned by Wendy Kaufman - ridden by Wendy Kaufman & Jim Potter.
Zahara - owned by Lori Snyder Lowe & Mike Lowe - ridden by Athena Lowe.
She’s Designed To Push – owned by Maggie Moore & Jim Leek – ridden by Shannon Gibbs & Kyle Elliott
Allen’s Beowolf – owned by Ryder Spooner – ridden by Ryder Spooner
Line Up On Command - owned by Jean Marie Degville and Mikal Spooner - ridden by Jean Marie Degville.
Our Sweet Caroline - owned by Jean Marie and Ted Degville - ridden by Mikal Spooner
A Spice Of Luxury - owned by Angela Lewis - ridden by Jaclyn Williams.
Geronimo’s Pushin Allen - owned by Jennifer Jacobson - shown in hand by Jennifer Jacobson.
A Proud Shade Of Ivory - owned by Angela Lewis - shown in-hand by Jaclyn Williams and Derek Frole
Under saddle/demo horses usually spend some time in the promotion stalls. But the horses dedicated to promotion stalls spend more hours in the Pavilion over the course of the event, and have direct contact and interaction with thousands of folks that come thru...requiring horses that are extremely tolerant, friendly and inquisitive. The four horses dedicated to promotion stalls:
Yardley – owned by Mag Ranft
Ozone Alert – owned by Marianne Springer
Proud Truth – owned by Angela Lewis
Another Touch Of The Ritz – owned by Angela Lewis
National Walking Horse Association (NWHA) Booth Manager – Mag Ranft brought everything, from merchandise to the TV with NWHA videos, and handled set up along with help from Wendy Kaufman and Shanon Gibbs. Then, tear down along with help from Marianne Springer and Wendy Kaufman....all back into Mag’s trailer in the rain, for Mag to haul back home for safe keeping until next year!
Equine Affaire Coordinator – Mag Ranft arranged for horses, demos, choreographs, scripts, music, stallsigns, promotion stalls, barn stalls, and a LOT more.
Booth Help & more – Mag Ranft, MaryAnn Shuh, Wendy Kaufman, Marianne Springer, Shannon Gibbs
Breed Demo Scripts – Stacey Hotchkiss
Breed Demo Music – Mag Ranft
Other support – Jim Potter, Kyle Elliott, Angela Lewis, Derek Frole, Lori Snyder-Lowe, Wendy Kaufman, Jennifer Jacobson, MaryAn Shuh, Athena Lowe, Jaclyn Williams, Marianne Springer, Mike Lowe, Mikal Spooner, Jean-Marie Degville, Ted Degville.