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Equine

March 18, 2014

HorseFest this weekend

Plenty to see and do Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Springfield, Mo.

Parsons, Kansas — Check your cinch and get ready to swing into the saddle for HorseFest 2014 in Springfield, Mo., this weekend.

This year’s HorseFest will have plenty to offer equine enthusiasts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 21, 22 and 23, at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

Two-time Road to the Horse Colt Starting champion Guy McLean headlines this year’s event. The Aussie horseman will deliver educational and entertaining clinics during HorseFest.

An entertainer as well as an internationally-known horseman, McLean believes a horseman’s best tools are “knowledge, compassion, patience and imagination and his motto is “find a better way.”

Acclaimed throughout his native Australia, the whip-cracking Bush poet was named Ambassador of the Outback while earning acclaim for his horses as well as himself.

“It has long been my dream to bring my horses and my act out of Australia to the world,” McLean says and this March, horse enthusiasts attending HorseFest will be able to share the McLean experience.

Produced by Farm Talk Newspaper and the Ozark Empire Fair, HorseFest will also feature the area’s largest equine-oriented trade show with more than 300 booths offering everything area horse folks need — from saddles and spurs to apparel, jewelry, trailers, feed and so much more.

And in addition to McLean, there will be plenty of other equine experts to present clinics and demonstrations that will benefit everyone — from the novice to the veteran horseman.

Clinics include nutritionist Dr. Marty Adams, trainer Tim Brock, the Missouri Farrier’s Assn., Equine Dentist Dr. Roger Cole, a Fox Trotter Clinic with trainer Geno Middleton, colt starting from the youth perspective with Lauren O’Very, training and showing miniature donkeys and equine pain treatment with Nancie Boland.

Some of the area’s finest equine breeding farms will also have horses on display.

HorseFest will deliver plenty of fast-paced entertainment with Cowboy Mounted Shooting and the National Barrel Horse Association Invitational Barrel Racing Showdown.

On Sunday, there will be a Cowboy Church Service with cowboy Christian music from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Each day of HorseFest, a drawing will be held for a $300 Shopping Spree with one of the HorseFest Gold Sponsors — MFA Incorporated, Applegate Livestock Equipment, PFI Western Store and Race Brothers Farm and Home Supply.

One lucky HorseFest visitor will also become the owner of a brand new 40-ft. round pen. The Applegate Livestock Equipment pen includes ten 12-ft. panels and a 6-ft. by 9-ft. bow gate

Admission for HorseFest is $10 per day for adults and $5 per day for youth 13 to 18 years old. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

Hours for HorseFest are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

For information on events, schedule and family discount coupons, go to www.horsefest.net or contact Farm Talk at 620-421-9450 or the Ozark Empire Fair at 417-833-2660.

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