Appaloosa Promotion at Equine Affaire

ea-booth.jpgNovember 8-12, 2007 marked the 10th anniversary of Equine Affaire at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Horse enthusiasts from throughout New England converged on the site by the tens of thousands to learn from the various clinics, demonstrations, and seminars presented by leading professionals in the horse industry. Of course, some folks just came for the shopping, and the vendors at Equine Affaire offered everything from calendars to carriages, feed to fences, and tail bags to trailers! Through the years and with events hosted in Columbus, OH and Pomona, CA, Equine Affaire has blossomed into the premier and most prestigious event in the United States.
Appaloosas were fortunate to be a part of this event and they were represented well. Connecticut Appaloosa Association President Teri Coughlin and volunteers Scott Artioli, Nancy Clem, Casey Coughlin, Sue Cormier, Mikey Curtis, Lynn Endres, Joan Fagan, Kelli Labbe, Amanda Larivee, Denise LoMascolo, Erika LeBaron, Janet Murray, Petra Peyton, Heather Porciello, Kathy Reed, Pam Salois, Kim Siegel, Jodi Schaufus, Lynne Wentworth, Barbara Shepard, Kip Shepard, Dustin Eikenhorst and Sarah Tremblay answered numerous questions about the breed and passed out information provided by the ApHC by the handful.

Kip and Barbara Shepard’s PCE Rockina Star, Brenda Coggin’s Hot Rockin Rickie and Robin Bond’s Some Kinda Treat and RCS Powerstroke were on hand to greet visitors at the breed booth in the Breed Pavilion and in the Horse and Farm exhibitor area in C Barn. These exceptional Appaloosas also participated in clinics with Julie Goodnight, Richard Shrake, and Bob Jeffreys and Suzanne Shepard.

On Saturday at 11:15 the coliseum was packed preceding a clinic by Horse Whisperer Monty Roberts and the Appaloosa breed demonstration was applauded by the packed house. Native American flute music introduced Robin and Some Kinda Treat who honored the heritage of the Appaloosa by representing an Indian Plains woman. Deanna Coggin and All Hands Off Jane strutted their stuff going saddleseat. Prince Charles Enterprise’s trainer Sarah Tremblay presented 3 year-old PCE Rockina Star currently top ten in hunter under saddle. Western pleasure horse Third Rock carried 14 year-old owner Melanie Cormier, and Casey Coughlin reined and stopped RCS Powerstroke to the delight of the crowd.

The Western Massachusetts Appaloosa Association and The Connecticut Appaloosa Association attained a goal set back in 1998 when the Green Mountain Appaloosa Association joined them, the Granite State Appaloosa Association, and the Maine Appaloosa Horse Club to bring all of the Northeast clubs together for the first time to promote the horse we hold so dear. Members of these regional clubs came together and shared the responsibility of manning the breed booth sponsored by the ApHC.

Territory VI Director Chuck McWhirter was pleasantly surprised when he showed his support of the Northeast regional clubs by attending Equine Affaire. McWhirter observed first hand the record breaking crowds and the marketing opportunities available through participation at Equine Affaire. Appaloosa breed coordinators Janice Carroll, Robin Bond, and Teri Coughlin would like to thank Mr. McWhirter for his support and enthusiasm.

The goal of the coordinators for the 2008 event is to produce an “Appaloosa Alley” and fill a whole row of stalls with the region’s most talented and colorful horses. Stalls in the Horse and Farm exhibitor area sell out in June! If you are interested in participating in this extraordinary marketing opportunity please contact your regional club’s Equine Affaire representative.

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