AmerEquine–Festival of the Horse Announces Full Music Lineup

Fort Worth, TX -- AmerEquine–Festival of the Horse, a three-day music festival, horse exposition and marketplace, is excited to announce the full schedule line-up of performers and presenters for the event in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 1–3 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

AmerEquine reveals musical performances from eight nationally acclaimed artists and bands including Emmylou Harris who will headline the premiere event. Also performing will be Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Jesse Winchester, Riders in the Sky, Don Edwards, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & The Wronglers, Heidi Clare & AtaGallop, and Dry Branch Fire Squad.

“We are excited to create a truly unique event to fully celebrate the cowboy and equestrian lifestyle,” said Ron Thomason, President of AmerEquine. “The first-class music festival showcasing some of the best in bluegrass, roots, and country partnered with an extensive horse exposition and marketplace will come together for a festival all can enjoy.

In addition to the music festival, AmerEquine will feature seminars and presentations   by leading equine professionals that will highlight equestrian disciplines and topics. Among those presenting at AmerEquine are Craig Cameron, a world champion clinician who has mastered a casual, relaxed approach to horse training; Sylvia Zerbini, an equine liberty trainer with a troupe of dancing white horses that were a hallmark of the touring show, Cavalia; Becky Hart, a three-time World Endurance Champion; Tim McQuay, legendary $3 million rider and National Reining Horse Association (NHRA) Hall of Famer, and many others.

The Extreme Marketplace  will showcase everything for the horse and equestrian lifestyle. More than 140 exhibitors will offer top-of-the-line products ranging from apparel, art, and jewelry to tack, health care products, farm equipment, and much more.

Special events during this year’s AmerEquine include Craig Cameron’s Cowtown Challenge Extreme Cowboy Association National Championship  and Dennis Auslam’s World’s Most Beautiful Horse World Championship Find out more and sign up online to compete in these events.  “Chase the Equine Dream” ™,  led by Chase Dodd, will showcase rescue horses, allowing them to compete for cash rewards by showing off skills and abilities. AmerEquine has partnered with the following horse rescue organizations for this year’s event: Front Range Equine Rescue and the Unwanted Horse Coalition.

WHAT: AmerEquine–Festival of the Horse

WHEN: Friday, June 1 from 8:30 am – 10:00 pm

  Saturday, June 2 from 8:30 am – 10:00 pm

  Sunday, June 3 from 8:30 am – 8:00 pm

WHERE: Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76107




TICKETS: Now on sale Online  or by phone: 719.942.3357

    • Evening: $60 box seats; $45 balcony

    • Afternoon: $50 box seats; $35 balcony

    • VIP: $225 box seats; $175 balcony

    • Expo Only: $15 adults; $10 students; Children 5 and under free.

The 2012 AmerEquine–Festival of the Horse will feature:

MUSIC FESTIVAL: AmerEquine proudly presents musical performances from eight nationally acclaimed bluegrass, roots, and country artists and bands.

Emmylou Harris: Harris, a 12-time Grammy winner and celebrated song interpreter, is also distinguished for her songwriting and collaborations. She is well known for her versatility, and widely respected by her peers as a singer’s singer. Harris’s concerts are famous for tugging at the full spectrum of emotions. A less known aspect of her character is her devotion to animals, as she runs a shelter for dogs.

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives: Stuart is a four-time Grammy winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music memorabilia preservationist, stylist, designer, photographer and songwriter. He started singing gospel music at a very young age and quickly moved into a stunning musical career defined by tradition and heritage. Stuart did a bluegrass stint with Lester Flatt in the ‘70s followed by six years of performing with Johnny Cash in the ‘80s. The mark he made after going out on his own truly shows that he is entertainment’s Renaissance man.

Jesse Winchester: Winchester is the man that Bob Dylan called “the best of his generation.” He has received the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Composers, Artists and Publishers, which is justly deserved by the man who wrote such songs as “Biloxi”, “Brand New Tennessee Waltz”, “Talk Memphis” and other niche classics. Winchester’s graceful and soulful vocals make him as highly regarded as a performer as he is as a songwriter. His southern tenor drawl comfortably crosses the borders of country, bluegrass and folk.

Riders in the Sky: Riders in the Sky are America’s favorite cowboys. This quartet of massively talented singers, musicians and comedians is best known for being “the keepers-of-the-flame” of the classic cowboy-singers of a bygone era. They are without peers in the field of comedy and western.

Don Edwards: Edwards is the supreme preservationist of authentic cowboy music played and sung in the sparse tradition that engenders an around-the-campfire spirit of the working cowboy. He is a noted historian and musicologist with the soul of a poet, which becomes evident when he sings. If the prairie had a voice, it would sound exactly like Edwards.

Heidi Clare & AtaGallop: The best old-time fiddler you can hear in modern times, Clare’s fiddling forces you to hold tight to your seat to keep from dancing. She cleanses your palate with sweet vocals that are drawn from a deep well of songs. Though she is classically trained, she bears down on the fiddle like the best early twentieth century’s deep southern fiddlers. Clare was also a member of the 2010 World Champion Ride ‘n’ Tie team.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore & The Wronglers: Gilmore is widely known for his clever songwriting and unique central Texas approach to his vocal interpretations. The Wronglers is one of California’s most recognized old-time bands, especially known for its humor and originality. When these two combine forces, as they did on their most recent recording collaboration, the effect is surprising and compelling.

Dry Branch Fire Squad: For 36 years Dry Branch Fire Squad has been presenting a variety of material in the classic bluegrass manner. From breakdowns to ballads, their harmonies and musicianship are masterful. Their songs are at once melodic and metaphorical in the style that is known as primitive Appalachian. They are widely acknowledged for keeping the culture of horses in their songs, and they have performed all over the world, often representing the U.S. government in cultural exchange programs.

FEATURED PRESENTERS: AmerEquine will feature presentations by several award-winning equine industry experts, including:

Craig Cameron:
Cameron is a world champion whose clarity in clinics effectively relates the importance of mastering a casual, relaxed approach in horse training. He brings both the excitement of his patented “Extreme Cowboy Race” and the proficiency he is known for in his RFD TV show Ride Smart, to AmerEquine. He will also demonstrate these techniques as part of the entertainment portion of the event.

Sylvia Zerbini:
Zerbini is responsible for the magnificent performances of dancing white horses that were a hallmark of the touring show, Cavalia. She is bringing her horses to AmerEquine and will show the magic of having them perform without any direct aids. Zerbini and the horses do not do acts from rote, but rather she varies the performances in order to engage the horses (and herself and their audiences) in the excitement. She does this with only body language and vocal tones. Sylvia Zerbini Facebook

Tim McQuay:
McQuay, the legendary $3 million rider and NHRA Hall of Famer, has played an integral part in shaping the reining horse industry into what it is today.  The McQuay Stable has also made great contributions to the world of hunters and jumpers. The McQuay Stable is a state-of-the-art facility that averages seventy horses in training at any one time and employs a large, expert staff that also handles breeding, sales and help for clients.

Becky Hart:
Hart truly has the “Hart” of a champion as illustrated by her two Tevis Cup championships and her three consecutive World Endurance Championships. Her many wins and her love and respect for her mounts translate well in her clinics which address the needs and concerns of distance competitors and trail riders alike. She is an expert in such topics as TTeam work, natural horsemanship, and Centered Riding.

Tom McCutcheon and Mandy McCutcheon:
Coming to AmerEquine with McQuay, will be his premier associates and family members, daughter, Mandy, and her husband, Tom. Both are million-dollar riders, and Mandy is in the NRHA Hall of Fame while Tom is a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Rider of the Year. They will both be giving clinics and demonstrations and participating in the entertainment portions of the event.



AmerEquine–Festival of the Horse is a three-day spectacular featuring clinics, seminars, and presentations by leading equine professionals; a marketplace with a wide range of high-quality products and services for all equestrian and Western lifestyles; special equine events; and a musical festival featuring internationally acclaimed artists who share a deep connection to the horse and its culture. The event will take place June 1–3, 2012, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, Texas.

AmerEquine is generously supported by Acco Feeds, American Competitive Trail Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Ariat International, California Horsetrader, Equine Network, eyeD, Farnam, Warren Hellman, Horse Illustrated,,, Nutramax Laboratories, Inc., Nutrena, Ornaments, Orthoflex Saddleworks, Inc., Platinum Performance, Saddle Up Clothing Company, Spalding Laboratories, Tony De Costa Photography, USRider, Western Horseman, and Wrangler.