Farm Talk

March 13, 2012

Horsefest ready to ride into Springfield


Parsons, Kansas — Horse enthusiasts will soon be galloping into Springfield, Missouri for Horsefest, the area’s major equine exposition.

The 2012 edition of Horsefest marks the eighth year for the event and it promises to offer even more than in the years past.

The event, which is slated for Friday, March 30, Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 will once again be held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Horsefest promises to offer something for just about everyone interested in the equine industry and is presented by Farm Talk Newspaper and the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to see top-notch clinicians, speakers, educational topics and a list of daily activities that will keep everyone busy.

As with years past, Horsefest would not be possible without a number of gracious sponsors.

This year’s Gold Sponsors at Horsefest include PFI Western Store, MFA/ Applegate and Race Brothers/Priefert.

Their continued support allows Horsefest to offer an exorbitant amount of equine information by enlisting clinicians and equine educators for the event.

In addition to the information that will be available to those in attendance Horsefest will also feature the area’s largest equine-oriented trade show with over 300 booths.

Horsefest has the great pleasure of welcoming back Stacy Westfall in 2012 as the headlining clinician for the event.

Famous for her bridleless—and saddleless—reining patterns, Westfall uses her years of equine experience to direct clinic attendees and their horses in the direction they’ve been searching for.

No stranger to horsemanship, Westfall has trained her way into being one of the country’s top clinicians and reining competitors.

Although Westfall will be the featured presenter at Horsefest this year there will be a number of other clinicians and equine educators on hand discussing everything from horseshoeing to equine massage and more.

Horsefest is not going to just be about listening though. Just like in past years the event will offer plenty to see including the fast and furious action of Cowboy Mounted Shooting.

The Horsefest Shoot-Out will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

Need a little more action? Horsefest will also feature a National Barrel Horse Association Invitational Barrel Racing Showdown featuring some of the area’s fastest cowboys and cowgirls.

In between the riding and shooting be sure to stop by and get caught up on some of the latest ideas in the equine industry.

Every day at Horsefest there will be educational topics brought to equine enthusiasts from equine professionals in the industry.

Some of the topics to be discussed at Horsefest this year include, hoof care, saddle fitting, working with problem horses, endurance riding, understanding the gaited mule and bitting help for the problem horse just to name a few.

For a list of the daily activities, clinicians, equine educators and clinics at Horsefest check out the Website at:

On Sunday, Horsefest will feature a Cowboy Church Service with cowboy Christian music for anyone that wants to attend from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

And there is more! Horsefest will also have Live Horse Displays with a variety of breeds on display and for sale, every day of Horsefest in the livestock barns.

Admission for Horsefest will be $10 daily for adults. Youth ranging in age from 13-18 can purchase tickets for $5 and children 12 and under are admitted free.

This year’s Gold Sponsors will be offering $3 Discount Coupons. For addresses and locations of the Gold Sponsors log on to

For more information, contact Farm Talk at (620) 421-9450 or the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds at (417) 833-2660.