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Customers come to get real face time with you, to be educated and inspired as well as finding some great sales on the products and services they are seeking. Keep this in mind when you attend. Keep these key points in mind when you exhibit: be friendly, have a great display and bring some good deals too! Success is right in front of you. Looking you in the eye....

Once you have done all of your foundation building work with your horse and you feel that trust, respect, and communication are strong (translation: you have a decent handle on your horse) you being to wonder “what else can we do?” Then with a simple Google search, the floodgates of information open and all the possibilities rush forth....

Equine expositions are unique in the world of events. They are not “trade shows” in the traditional sense. Industry trade shows are events where only those involved with the specific industry, from manufacturing companies to retailers, attend and do business. The consumer is not involved at all. Equine expositions are also not “consumer expositions” in the traditional sense either. Consumer expositions, like those that cater to the “Home and Garden” or “Sportsman’s” crowd are “activity” or “genre specific” in nature. The Exhibitors participating are there for one reason, to sell products and market their brands. You get to try and buy products and, if you are lucky (or prepared) you can learn something that may enhance your sport....

Our chosen lifestyle, which involves our equine partners, is expensive. Feed prices go up, facility costs are on the rise, fuel costs keep creeping up, and the list goes on and on. So how do we continue to grow in our knowledge, skill, and experience without breaking the budget? Creativity, planning and the avoidance of the dreaded ‘excuses” are three key ways to improve your horsemanship, and still be able to afford your hay bill....

Much like when you build a house, being a successful Exhibitor takes planning, forethought, and vision. A solid foundation, the right tools and a good set of plans are essential to the success of the house (it has to remain standing) and for being a successful exhibitor at the Western States Horse Expo too! The cornerstones to success are simple:...

We LOVE the fact that the Western States Horse Expo inspires creativity, innovation, and education within the equestrian and rural lifestyle community. The good folks at The Pony Xpress Club created a blog that gives some really great tips to its membership on how to get the MOST out of the Western States Horse Expo experience....

You know about the Magnificent 7 All-Around Stock Horse Championship happening at the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Western States Horse Expo. You have seen the announcements about the Western Select Barrel Race, the R3C/ BLM Mustang Adoption, the Western Select Ranch, Riding and Barrel Horse Sale happing at the event as well. The Art Show, the Young Rider Park, Clinicians Unmounted and Horse Expo University have all been highlighted too! Of course, the 20th Anniversary Western States Horse Expo, happening on June 8-10, 2018 at Cal Expo in Sacramento, California is an event you will not want to miss!...

One of the most effective training tools in your horse training toolbox is ROUND PEN SKILLS. The funny thing is, this aspect of horsemanship and horse care is often glossed over or not done at all. So many "my horse is good but X" horses could be described without the "but X" part if they had been exposed to good round pen experiences. Seems silly to us that this aspect of horsemanship is not highlighted more to the general equestrian community (even though many well-known Clinicians and Trainers have spoken about it for years)....

The concept of horse-related fairs, shows and expositions has been around a long time. Medieval Europe had several famous, long-standing “horse fairs” where breeders would sell off their equestrian stock and network with one another to improve their bloodlines, while merchants of every description sold their wares to the festival’s attendees. In the Old West equestrian focused fairs and festivals were frequent occurrences, usually held in conjunction with larger events and celebrations....

POPULAR PROGRAMS RETURN TO THE 20th ANNIVERSARY WESTERN STATES HORSE EXPO! 2018 is the 20th Anniversary year for the Western States Horse. For the last two decades, this exposition has celebrated the spirit of the horse, the equestrian and rural lifestyle with all that they encompass. Happening June 8-10, 2018 at Cal Expo in Sacramento, California, this has been the premier event of its kind, and had been one of the most trusted resources for innovation, inspiration, and education within the equestrian community unlike any other!...

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