Get ready to saddle up for HorseFest 2015 in Springfield, Missouri, on March 20, 21 and 22.
This year’s HorseFest will have plenty to offer equine enthusiasts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
Due to popular demand, Guy McLean is returning to headline this year’s event. The Aussie horseman will deliver educational and entertaining clinics to horse enthusiasts over the weekend.
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 said. This weekend, horse enthusiasts attending HorseFest will be able to share the McLean experience.
Produced by Farm Talk Newspaper and the Ozark Empire Fair, HorseFest also will 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 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.
Other clinics feature trainer Robert Johnson, the Missouri Farriers Association, equine dentist Roger Cole, DVM, trainer Drew McDannald, Marty Adams, DVM, MFA pasture and range specialist David Moore, and Valley Water Mill Park Equestrian Center staff. Some of the area’s finest equine breeding farms also will have horses on display.
A National Barrel Horse Association Invitation Barrel Racing Showdown will feature some of the area’s fastest cowboys and cowgirls. If that’s not enough, there will be plenty to see at the exciting Cowboy Mounted Shooting.
The Missouri Cowboy Poets will have poetry readings and music on Friday and Saturday of the show.
A 4-H and FFA Horse Judging Contest will be held in the arena on Friday morning at 9 a.m.
On Sunday, a Cowboy Church Service will be held 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, PFI Western Store and Race Brothers Farm and Home Supply.
One lucky HorseFest visitor also will win a brand new 40-foot round pen. The Applegate Livestock Equipment pen includes ten 12-foot panels and a 6- by 9-foot 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 6 p.m. on 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.