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EquiFest of Kansas 2004 Details Announced

Press Release

EquiFest of Kansas officials have announced a feast of equine festivities and a dynamic group of world-class clinicians for the seventh annual EquiFest of Kansas, presented by Dodge Trucks. EquiFest will be held February 27 through 29, 2004, at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, Kansas. “The Kansas Horse Council is pleased to present EquiFest of Kansas, now in our seventh great year!” said Lise Streit, Executive Director for the Kansas Horse Council. “EquiFest continues to grow every year, offering exciting entertainment and educational opportunities for horse owners and horse lovers”.

Daily presentations by world-class clinicians and trainers will include: Clinton Anderson, providing Downunder Horsemanship; Senior Centered RidingÒ Instructor Susan Harris featuring the Visible Horse and Visible RiderÔ with Peggy Brown; Kay Meredith, conducting Dressage clinics; Rick Eckhart presenting Hunter and Jumper clinics; and Don West giving presentations on Trail Riding with emphasis on Naturally Gaited Horses. In addition, Doug Babcock will present Common Sense Horse Training clinics on Friday, February 27 and Sat. February 28; and on Sunday February 29 Julie Goodnight will be offering a Horsemanship/Equitation clinic.

Horse enthusiasts can also explore a giant equine trade show, with commercial booths selling horse trailers, tack, feed, clothing, equipment, gifts and countless products and services for horse fans.

Two exciting and fast-paced demonstrations are scheduled for this year’s EquiFest. Sure to steal the show will be spectacular performances by the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls, America’s “Ridn’ and Ropin’ Royalty of the West” from Exeter, California. This band of young riding women has dazzled audiences in seventeen countries, with their trick riding and trick roping. The Cowboy Girls have been featured entertainers at NFL halftime shows, Major League Baseball games, and rodeos around the country. And EquiFest is proud to present the Easy Riders Drill Team from Missouri, featuring precision rides by the award winning second ranked youth drill team in the country!

Streit continued, “This year we’re offering two all new features at EquiFest, including musical entertainment on Friday night by Arrowhead. And kids won’t want to miss the Purina Mills Buckaroo/Buckarette Stick Horse Rodeo on Saturday evening – family fun for everyone! And you get all of this at no extra charge – it’s included in your one low admission fee to EquiFest!”

The national radio program, “Horseman’s Radio Weekly” with Jim Campbell will conduct live interviews with clinicians throughout EquiFest, as well as providing on-stage musical entertainment by Templeton Thompson. And the nationally syndicated radio program “The Horse Show LIVE! With Rick Lamb”, will also be on hand at EquiFest, with clinician interviews and audience Question and Answer Sessions with clinicians, in the Lecture and Workshop Area.

Lecture and workshop topics at EquiFest will include: “Buying a New Horse”; “The Visible Horse: An Inside Look at Conformation”; “Understanding and Improving Your Horse’s Gaits, Balance and Movement”; “Centered Driving”; “Problem Horses, is it Me or my Horse?”; “Saddle Fitting”; “Trail Riding Opportunities in Kansas Parks”; “Survival Skills for Trail Riders”; “Equine Behavior”, and more.

Clinicians and their presentations at EquiFest will include:

Kay Meredith has trained and successfully competed through Grand Prix levels in dressage, representing the United States in international competitions and competing throughout the U.S. for three decades. Kay was a member of the 1983 United States Equestrian Team (USET) Gold Medal Dressage Team at the Venezuela Pan-Am Games and a member of the USET Dressage Team in the World Championships in Toronto in 1986. Kay’s EquiFest presentations will utilize dressage horses and riders to demonstrate the history of dressage from its warfare origins to its development into modern dressage. Riders will demonstrate various dressage levels, up to FEI (International) level, including several dressage tests with comments, as well as question and answer sessions with the audience. On Friday at EquiFest, Kay’s presentation will be “The Science of Mounted Warfare – the Roots of Modern Day Dressage”, and Saturday’s dressage presentation will be “Competition and Freestyles – War Horse Changed to Sport Horses”. And on Sunday advanced dressage riders will demonstrate “Riding the Highest Levels: International Tests and Freestyles”.

Native Australian horse trainer Clinton Anderson has been training, conducting clinics and speaking at equine expos across the U.S. for the past seven years, reaching thousands with his Downunder Horsemanship method. At EquiFest Clinton’s

presentations will include: On Friday, “Gaining Control and Respect of Your Horse on the Ground” and “Getting Your Horse to be Soft and Supple Under Saddle”; on Saturday, “De-Spooking Your Horse on the Ground and in the Saddle” and “Dealing with Behavior Problems on the Ground and Under Saddle”. Clinton’s Sunday presentations will be “Trouble-Free Trailering” and “Advanced Collection and Suppleness Under Saddle”.

Susan E. Harris is an international clinician, riding teacher, and equestrian author and artist from Cortland, New York. She teaches clinics around the world, in Centered Riding® and Horse Gaits, Balance, & Movement, for instructors, trainers, judges, and riders of all levels and riding interests. With Peggy Brown, Susan will present “Anatomy in Motion: The Visible Horse and the Visible Rider” at EquiFest. Susan will use a live anatomy model, with the bones and muscles painted on a live horse, to show how horses move and what makes good and poor movement. Peggy Brown, the “Visible Rider” will ride in a “skeleton suit” as Susan provides the commentary, showing how the rider’s body works in balance, alignment and harmony with the horse, and also the effects of common riding faults on horse and rider. Susan and Peggy will present a “Centered Riding” clinic on Saturday.

Peggy Brown is an international Centered Riding® and Driving instructor and clinician, who has trained horses and riders for over 25 years at her home and stable in Toledo, Ohio. Her specialty is versatility training and helping people understand better use of their bodies in riding and driving. Peggy currently competes in Combined Driving Events at the Advanced Level and has been long-listed for the US Equestrian Team in Combined Driving for 2003 and 2004. In addition to her appearance as the “Visible Rider”, Peggy will provide a lecture on “Centered Driving®”, discussing how awareness, breathing, balance and other techniques from Centered Riding can improve your safety, enjoyment, precision and performance at all levels of driving.

Rick Eckhardt was a member of the United States Equestrian Team, representing the US from 1965 through 1968. He represented the U.S. in the 1966 World 3-Day Championship in Berghley, England, and was on the 1967 Gold Medal Team for the Winnipeg, Canada Pan American Games. At EquiFest, Rick will present “Equitation on the flat and Over Fences” on Friday; on Saturday he will make a presentation on “Hunters” and Sunday’s program will be about “Jumpers”.

Don West is an internationally known and respected expert on basic horsemanship and backcountry travel. He specializes in paso and naturally gaited horses, having been a professional breeder and trainer of Peruvian Paso Horses for over 20 years. Among topics Don will cover in clinics at EquiFest, are: On Friday, “Training for Trail Riding – Sit-Down Equitation”; on Saturday, “Training for Trail Riding –Synergistic-Synchronistic Riding (balance and harmony) ; and on Sunday, “Easy-Rider Naturally Gaited Horsemanship”. Don’s lectures will cover: “Establishing a Win-Win Relationship with Your Trail Horse”; “Saddle Fit for Trail Riders”; and “Go Right–Go Lite, Low-Impact Horse Camping”.

Kansas horse trainer Doug Babcock of Hoxie, has been training horses for over 25 years, and is a past member of the John Lyons Select Trainer Program. Doug believes that communication is the key to humanely and effectively training any horse. Doug states that, "It's not a matter of forcing a horse into doing something, it's breaking it down into simple steps it can understand. At his clinics and demonstrations, Doug shows the simple steps it takes to get a horse to respond, without inflicting pain on the animal. Doug will present “Common Sense Horse Training” clinics, on Friday and Saturday, at EquiFest, and on Sunday, Doug willl give a lecture entitled “Problem Horses – Is It Me or My Horse?.

Julie Goodnight has been a full time equine professional for more than 20 years, with a varied background ranging from dressage and jumping to racing, reining and wilderness riding. Julie is known for her logical and straightforward style of teaching and her ability to bridge natural horsemanship techniques with the principles of classical riding, with an understandable and practical approach. Julie is a certified Master Instructor and Clinician. Julie will appear on Sunday at EquiFest, with a clinic entitled “Balance, Rhythm & Communication”, and a workshop on “Equine Behavior”.

Hours for the equine exposition will be: Friday, February 27, 2004, from 10am to 9pm; Saturday, February 28, from 9am to 9pm; and Sunday, February 29, from 9am to 6pm. General admission tickets (including parking) will cost $10 for adults, $5.50 for children aged six through twelve, and children five years and under will get in free. Cash only at the door. Three-day discount passes are available at the Kansas Coliseum box office. Advance EquiFest tickets are available at or by calling 316-755-7328.

Sponsors for EquiFest of Kansas 2004 include: Dodge Trucks, the Presenting Sponsor and Official Truck of EquiFest; Babcock Horse Training; Bandera Outfitters; Champion Trailer & CM Trailers; Exiss Aluminum Trailers; Hart Mfg. Inc.; Horseman’s Radio Weekly; Kansas Agricultural Network; Kinetic Technologies; Kiefer Built Trailers; KZSN; Mid-American Ag. Network; Profile Nutrition; Purina Mills Inc.; and Tractor Supply.

EquiFest of Kansas is presented by the Kansas Horse Council, a nonprofit association, formed to further the common interests of horse people and to promote the entire equine industry. The Kansas Horse Council has contracted with Equine Promotions, to professionally manage EquiFest of Kansas. Equine Promotions is an event management company with extensive experience in equine event administration.

No pets are allowed at EquiFest, and videotaping of any clinic by the public, is not permitted.

For more information, contact: the Kansas Horse Council at (785) 776-0662 or e-mail; or Equine Promotions at (765) 655-2107 or e-mail; or visit the EquiFest web-site at either or .