Whether you call it spring or mud season, the air is full of changes this time of year. One of the more ballyhooed changes is in Essex Jct, VT. For 10 years the annual Chittenden County event stood tall as the areas premier equestrian event and the extremely popular y addition of "man's best friend" last year was a huge crowd pleaser.
Everything Equine & Canine will be Saturday, April 25th, from 8:30am-5pm and Sunday, April 26th, from 8:30am-4:30pm at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Jct., VT. Billed as "Vermont's Dog and Pony Show", the two day event stands apart from many regional shows as a family friendly event with scores of consumer vendors, as well as a full schedule of informative seminars, demonstrations and entertainment for dog and horse enthusiasts. Most horse owners are also dog owners. They care about the well-being of these companions whether for work, sport or play and will be provided with the latest traditional and trending practices.
As the first day winds down, what could be more fun than "Horsin' Around on Saturday Night" (April 25 at 7:00pm), a dog & pony show? This annual variety show provides "Edu-tainment" by showcasing many different breeds, disciplines and styles for new and longtime horse and dog lovers. In addition to the excellent horse demonstrations, the show will incorporate dogs and trainers performing agility, obedience, a "canine weave pole challenge", and a disc ("Frisbee") dog demo.
The very popular Equine Extreme Trail Challenge on Sunday, April 26th will feature some of New England's top horse and rider teams competing for cash and prizes.
On the canine side, dog lovers will have a wide variety of educational options on both days including actual first aid demonstrations for your dog to agility for beginners to advanced. The very popular dog agility demonstration will be presented by Show Me the Biscuit of Williston, Vermont. "One of the staples of our weekend event has been the interactive manner in which attendees can learn and see firsthand", says event organizer Dr. Betsy Greene. "We're particularly excited about the addition of dogs to the show and the remarkable seminars and demonstrations from seeing-eye dogs, the Vermont Search and Rescue K9 Unit. A must see during this weekend of events is the dog show and "Meet the Breeds", organized by the Champlain Valley Kennel Club."
Admission to Everything Equine & Canine is $10 and children under 5 are free. Advance discount tickets will be available at Guy's Farm & Yard locations in Williston, Morrisville and Montpelier Vermont and at Adirondack Tack in Plattsburgh, NY beginning March 6, 2015. There will be over 50 seminars, demonstrations, competitions and performances showcasing dogs and horses, due to this fact the show can't allow the general public to bring their dogs and horses. Sponsors include 4 Legs & a Tail, the University of Vermont Extension, Guy's Farm & Yard, Horse Works, Show Me the Biscuit, Poulin Grain, Inc., Equine Journal, Vermont Horse Council, Equiscents/VT Equine Acupressure and the Champlain Valley Exposition.
Editorial credit to 4 Legs & a Tail for this article