Howard Cormier, Depew, Clinton G., Morgan, Johnny W. | 2/20/2008 4:11:40 AM
The LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Equine Council (LEC) are sponsoring the 2nd Annual Louisiana Horse Expo on March 8-9 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
Dr. Clint Depew, LSU AgCenter equine specialist, said the expo is an opportunity to bring horse owners and horse lovers together for education and fun.
“Since the equine industry is so segmented in the state, this is a great opportunity to bring people with common interests together and to give them more voice,” he said.
Howard Cormier, LSU AgCenter county agent and LEC secretary, said some of the seminars planned for the expo will include saddle fitting, hoof care and horseshoeing.
One of the highlights of the event will be a horse clinic conducted by Richard Winters from Ojai, California.
“He’s involved in all aspects of the horse industry, not just western riding,” Cormier said. “The first program that Winters conducts, will involve starting a colt that has never been ridden.”
Cormier said there will be a wide variety of activities this year, from Western to English, and from ranch work to dressage.
“According to a recent study by the American Horse Council, horses are a $2.4 billion industry in Louisiana. The Louisiana Equine Council is the voice for all disciplines and breeds of horses in the state,” Cormier added.
Cormier, who also is involved in the LSU AgCenter Master Horseman program, said more information about this Winters is available at his Web site: www.wintersranch.com.
Other scheduled seminars will include basic and advanced horsemanship classes and a demonstration of ranch-horse handling techniques.
Cormier said Winters also will hold a problem solving workshop to deal with horses that pose a specific difficulty.
Horse owners who want help with their animals must submit their problems for consideration by calling Ruby Halter, expo chairwoman, at (337) 234-8652.
In addition to the seminars and workshops, Saturday, March 8, also will feature barrel racing, an Appaloosa horse show and a campfire cookout with music.
Sunday, March 9, events include Cowboy church, parade of breeds, a stallion showcase, a jumping demonstration, a trick horse performance and ranch-horse competition.
“In addition to the programs, vendors will be offering horse-related products,” Cormier said. Businesses interested in having a booth should contact Daryl Schouest at (337) 507-7267.
Cormier said the expo will open at 8 a.m., and admission is $5 for nonmembers. LEC members are admitted at no charge.
Contacts: Howard Cormier at (337) 898-4335 or HCormier@agcenter.lsu.edu
Clint Depew (225) 578-2219 or CDepew@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: Johnny Morgan at (225) 578-8484 or firstname.lastname@example.org