The Southern Equine Expo, formally the Southern Horse Bonanza, will return to the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on February 14-16, 2014. During the event, attendees will enjoy clinics presented by nationally known horsemen, educational seminars, and hands-on demonstrations. New to this year’s expo are competitions including a blacksmith/farrier competition, and youth ranch horse challenge. The Southern Equine Expo will provide a valuable experience for a greater number of horse enthusiasts throughout the southeast region. There are some noticeable changes to the event this year to better serve our target audience, the entire equine community. The biggest change is lower individual ticket prices and several new group and ticket packages making this year’s event affordable to everyone.
Clinics continue to be the center point of the Southern Equine Expo. Chris Cox, three-time undefeated Road to the Horse World Champion, takes the reins to lead a distinguished list of clinicians at the 2014 Southern Equine Expo. Influenced in his early years by both the English and Western traditions, Chris has implemented a proven style and technique that can be applied universally across all disciplines.
A new area of focus at this year’s event will be western and classical Dressage training methods. Legendary horseman and the father of cowboy dressage, Jack Brainard of Tioga, Texas, will educate participants on the principles of the fastest growing disciplines, western dressage. After qualifying and competing in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Trials, 2002 World Cup Trials, and numerous Grand Prix championships, Tami Crawford now instructs riders in classic Dressage principles helping others realize their dreams.
Developing the young horse for a long, productive career is a goal of many horse owners. Two-time Champion of the Extreme Mustang Makeover, Chase Dodd will start an unbroken colt on Friday concluding with the Chase the Equine Dream Trail Challenge on Sunday. Lifelong champion horseman, Dick Pieper will share his knowledge of building a foundation for the performance horse at this year’s Expo. After his extensive career in the performance world, Dick now shares his wisdom and training techniques in a series of training videos and clinics known as The Language of Horsemanship. Focusing on finishing the performance horse, NRHA and AQHA Professional Horseman, Heather Johnson shares her considerable knowledge and enthusiasm for reining with every horse she trains. Heather will electrify the crowd on Saturday night with her Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Reining Routine.
To be a better horseman, understanding how the horse perceives its environment is a key to effectively communicating with horses. Lisa Wysocky, helps humans understand the world from the horse’s perspective, and empowers humans through lessons from the horse herd during her clinics. Attendees can expect to gain new perspective and appreciation for working with their horse partners. Returning to the Expo this year, Mark and Miranda Lyon have been studying the vaquero style of natural horsemanship. This talented couple works with horse owners to help them understand their horses, the way they think, and how they physically perform. Emphasizing communication from the saddle, Liz Johnson approaches centered riding principles from a classic dressage background to all disciplines and levels that she works with to help riders improve their horsemanship from the saddle. The goal of each clinician is to bring out the best in every horse and help them reach their full potential.
Performing at the highest level begins with a solid base. 2012 AQHA Intermediate Open Senior Working Cow Horse Champion, Joe Harper, takes a patient approach when helping both novice and experienced riders understand the whys of doing an exercise. Joe Harper has been riding and training reining and cow horses for over ten years. From the English saddle, Michael Tokaruk has trained numerous juniors and amateurs to countless blue ribbons and championships in the hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions. His clinics will help riders improve their horsemanship over fences. World Champion trainer, Charlene Carter, will share her knowledge on performing the perfect pattern.
The Southern Equine Expo doors open at 11:00 a.m. Friday February 14, 2014 with the clinics beginning Friday at 12:00 p.m. Attendees will again have the opportunity to shop from a wide variety of vendors. There will be something for everyone. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, attendees can watch exciting demonstrations in three arenas, hands-on demonstrations and interactive displays, educational lectures from industry leaders, horse breeds and equine athletes representing a variety of different disciplines, and plenty of shopping for anyone interested in horses. Included with Saturday admission is the evening Celebration of the Champions beginning at 7 pm. The Celebration will showcase the spectacular diversity of the horse. Sunday morning will begin with Cowboy Church services at 7:30 a.m. The final day of the Expo will be packed with rider participation clinics and event championships.
The time is right in Tennessee to bring all horse enthusiasts together for this dynamic event. Discount tickets are available on-line prior to the event.