Whether you call it spring or mud season, everyone calls it four legs and a tail fun as the 11th annual dog and pony show comes to Essex Jct., VT. As the areas premier equestrian event and last year's addition of "man's best friend", this heavily attend event is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.
Billed as New England's largest equine and canine show, this 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, horse and dog breeds on display, and entertainment for dog and horse enthusiasts. As event coordinators put it, "The addition of dogs last year really added a new dimension to the event. The crowd was larger and we noticed more kids than usual".
This year's event is a must for equestrians, as renowned speaker and trainer, Dr. Andrew McLean of The Australian Equine Behaviour Centre. The AEBC system is evidence based and simple to understand for horse and rider. By understanding how the horse learns, training becomes more effectively and clearly, improves horse welfare. Andrew McLean holds a PhD in equine cognition and learning, has been an accredited horse riding coach for over 30 years and has written five books (including an International Best Seller) and authored 35 peer-reviewed journal articles. A past winner of the Advanced section of the famous Gawler Three-Day-Event, Andrew has also represented Australia in Horse Trials, been short-listed for World Championships and competed at State and National events in FEI level dressage and eventing, has show-jumped to Grand Prix level and held a Racehorse owner-trainer's license and raced bareback in Australia and New Zealand in the 1970 and 80's. Andrew will be presenting on both Saturday and Sunday.
As the first day winds down, what could be more fun than "Horsin' Around on Saturday Night", 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 even a fun light hearted challenge of "I can do what you can do" between dog and horse.
The very popular Equine Extreme Trail Challenge on Sunday morning will feature New England's horse and rider teams competing for cash and prizes. Click here for a downloadable entry packet.
On the canine side, dog lovers will have a wide variety of educational options on both days with over 50 indoor seminars and demonstrations. 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 director Jeremy Spaulding. "We're particularly excited about this year's show and the remarkable seminars. A must see during this weekend of events is the dog show, Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test and Meet the Breeds, organized by the Champlain Valley Kennel Club." With more than 100 vendors on hand, Everything Equine & Canine is sure to be a hit for the entire family.
Sponsors include 4 Legs & a Tail magazine, the University of Vermont Extension, Guy's Farm & Yard, Horse Works, Show Me the Biscuit, Poulin Grain, Inc., Equine Journal, Vermont Horse Council, and the Champlain Valley Exposition.