Each year in April, we actively participate at Equine Affaire, a national equine exposition held in Columbus, OH. This is an excellent venue for us to showcase our wonderful breed to the public thru direct hands on interactions at the breed booths/promotion stalls, and with under saddle demonstrations in the ring.
Once again, Mid Ohio Walking Horse Association, with the invaluable work of association president Mag Ranft, did a great job promoting the Tennessee Walking Horse with NWHA and TWHBEA in breed booth/promotion stalls, and wonderfully choreographed under saddle demos.
Mag Ranft arranged for a total of 16 horses to represent the breed. There were 11 horses for 4 separate under saddle demonstrations and breed booth/promotional stalls, and another 5 horses dedicated to breed booth/promotional stalls. There were also 2 in-hand demonstrations with public Q&A. Along with the horses, came the owners from states including Ohio, Wisconsin, Tennessee and North Carolina; and trainers Jim Potter and Kyle Elliott from Ohio, and Mikal Spooner from North Carolina. Also excellent youth representation this year with 4 youth riders who did a great job promoting the TWH.
The weather this year was beautiful for most of the event. Sunday the rains came, but an advantage to lousy 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 promote our Ohio shows!!
Many, many thanks to all of those who helped in front and behind the scenes and to our TWHBEA friends who shared the aisle. Special thanks Stacey Hotchkiss for once again performing her magic on the saddle demo scripts, and to Allison Thorson for the great music compilation for the under saddle demos.
Promotion of the TWH is one of our purposes, and Equine Affaire is a great opportunity to do just that !!
Horses in under saddle breed demonstrations:
Extra Classic - owned by Mag Ranft – ridden by Jim Potter
Leonardo DiCaprio – owned by Kelli Gushert – ridden by Kyle Elliott
Madam Houdini – owned by Thorsports Farm – ridden by Sarah Farringer
Allen’s Beowolf – owned by Ryder Spooner – ridden by Ryder Spooner
Gen All Around - owned by David & Beth Lamb – ridden by Beth Lamb
Suiza – owned by Thorsports Farm – ridden by Allison Thorson
Merry Girl Kate – owned by Marsha Hersch – ridden by Mikal Spooner
24 Kt Masterpiece – owned by Aerial Spooner – ridden by Aerial Spooner
She’s Designed To Push – owned by Valerie Young – ridden by Kelli Gushert
El Tecate – owned by Thorsports Farm – ridden by Grace Wilhelm
Proud Shades Of Grey – owned by Angela Lewis. Shown in-hand by Angela and Derek Lewis
Additional horses in promotion stalls:
Yardley – Mag Ranft
Whoopi’s Promise Angel – Wendy Kaufman
Ozone Alert – Marianne Springer
Proud Truth – Angela Lewis
Spice of Luxury – Angela Lewis (also shown in-hand in a breed demo by Derek 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, Jim Potter and Kyle Elliott. And then, tear down along with help from Jim Potter, Kyle Elliott, Marianne Springer, Susie Mackanos and Megan Jenkins....all back into Mag’s trailer in the rain, for Mag to haul back home.
Equine Affaire Coordinator – Mag Ranft arranged for horses, scripts, music, set up breed stalls.
Booth Help & more – Mag Ranft, Wendy Kaufman, Marianne Springer, Kelli Gushert,
Breed Demo Scripts – Stacey Hotchkiss
Breed Demo Music – Allison Thorson
Other support – Jim Potter, Kyle Elliott, Beth Lamb, David Lamb, Mikal Spooner, Aerial Spooner, Allison Thorson, Eric Gilliam, Grace Wilhelm, Sarah Farringer, Angela Lewis, Derek Lewis, Susie Mackanos, Megan Jenkins, Sally Gushert, Kelli Gushert, Wendy Kaufman, Marianne Springer and our friends at TWHBEA.