Announcing the launch of the Virginia Equine Extravaganza

In April of 2004 Virginia will welcome what promises to be an extraordinary Mid-Atlantic equine event: the first annual Virginia Equine Extravaganza, to be held on April 30 - May 2, 2004 at the Richmond ...In April of 2004 Virginia will welcome what promises to be an extraordinary Mid-Atlantic equine event: the first annual Virginia Equine Extravaganza, to be held on April 30 - May 2, 2004 at the Richmond ...

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In April of 2004 Virginia will welcome what promises to be an extraordinary Mid-Atlantic equine event: the first annual Virginia Equine Extravaganza, to be held on April 30 – May 2, 2004 at the Richmond Raceway Complex in Richmond, Virginia. This event will bring together the Virginia and Mid-Atlantic horse industry in one of the most comprehensive and diverse array of equestrian events to take place in Virginia, perhaps ever. Virginia ranks as the state with the fifth largest equine population and boasts a wide variety of equestrian disciplines and breeds, most of which will be represented at the Extravaganza. The Richmond Raceway Complex, home of the Virginia State Fair, offers the perfect venue for an equestrian event of this magnitude, with space for over 400 vendors, three separate arenas for demonstrations and clinics, ample outside space for truck, trailer, barn, and farm equipment exhibits, and over 50 acres of free parking. Centrally positioned in the heart of Virginia, this location ensures easy access by Virginians as well as horse enthusiasts from the entire Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

Attendees at the Virginia Equine Extravaganza can expect to be informed, educated, entertained, and delighted with the impressive line-up of internationally known trainers and clinicians such as Frank Bell, Chris Cox, Kenny Harlow, Curt Pate, Dave Seay, and Dan Sumerel. Matt McLaughlin, former head trainer and rider for the world famous Royal Lipizzaner Stallion Show, will demonstrate the magic of Haute E cole. Former USET dressage great Lendon Grey and current USET eventing icon, Stephen Bradley, will be joined by other renowned horse industry clinicians from a wide variety of disciplines, including barrel racing, jumping, polocrosse, trail riding, reining, vaulting, and driving, rounding out an all-star cast with something for everyone!

Over 100 equine demonstrations, clinics, and seminars by leading industry experts will include topics such as nutrition, lameness, barn and arena design, farm management, holistic health, equestrian business savvy, breeding, and more. USEA will offer a series of informative eventing seminars on topics of interest to eventing pros as well as those new to the world of eventing. The Youth Emporium will be jam-packed with activities and exhibits of interest to young riders from all disciplines.

From the romance of Friesians and Andalusians to the thrill of trick riders and vaulters, Saturday evening’s Equus Extraordinaire promises an exciting assortment of musical equine acts designed to delight audiences of all ages.

The Virginia Equine Extravaganza will be greeted by a passionate audience of horse enthusiasts of all types, eager for anything equestrian. "The response from the equestrian community and horse industry has been overwhelmingly positive," comments Virginia Equine Extravaganza’s founder, Vicki O’Hara. "Everyone agrees that this market is long overdue for an expo of this scope."

The dates of the Equine Extravaganza are Friday – Sunday, April 30 – May 2, 2004. Tickets will be available on the web site within the next few months. For information regarding booth space, sponsorships, breed participation or tickets call 410-647-3800 or visit www.equineextravaganza.com.