Horse enthusiasts enjoyed beautiful spring weather at the area’s largest equine trade show last weekend in Springfield, Missouri. This year’s HorseFest also featured clinicians and fast-paced action for show visitors.

Guy McLean, internationally known horse trainer and entertainer, headlined the event once again and impressed the crowds with his ability to train and communicate with his horses. Over the course of the three-day event, McLean demonstrated his abilities by training a mare in front of the crowds.

Visitors also had the opportunity to shop at over 300 booths in the trade show and visit other demonstrations and clinics ranging from an introduction to horses to equine dentistry, nutrition, hoof care, pasture management, hunter-jumper demonstrations, training and showing miniature horses and more.

Visitors desiring more action had the opportunity to see Cowboy Mounted Shooting Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday morning, 32 of the best barrel racers from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma competed in the NBHA Invitational Barrel Racing Showdown in the Corwin Dodge Arena. Winners of the Showdown are as follows:

•1D: Shalonda Miller took home first place, followed by Morgan Hubbard in second and Kelly Heaton in third.

•2D: First place went to Jamie Wood. Second place went to Kimber Turner, followed by Chloie May Thomas in third.

•3D: Deanna Miller took home first place. Benita Dicks took second, and Cissy Robison took third.

•4D: First place went to Margie Cochran. Charemon Eller received second place.

Show producers also gave away a $300 Shopping Spree each day of the event and had a drawing for a round pen on the last day of the show.

Gregg Barnes of Omaha, Arkansas, won the 40-foot Applegate Livestock Equipment round pen.

Cheryl Orr of Highlandville, Missouri, was the Friday winner of the $300 Shopping Spree. On Saturday, Robin Kaps of Seymour, Missouri, won the $300 Shopping Spree and chose to spend her winnings with Race Brothers Farm & Home Supply. Ashleigh Eastwood of Springfield, Missouri, won the $300 Shopping Spree on Sunday and is going to spend her winnings with MFA. Allison Brown of Joplin, Missouri, won the Kids Drawing and took home a $100 PFI gift certificate.

This year’s HorseFest Gold Sponsors included Applegate Livestock Equipment, MFA Incorporated, PFI Western Store, Priefert Ranch Equipment and Race Brothers Farm and Home Supply. £

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