Northeast Horsemen’s Conference Jan. 15-16 in Augusta

Posted Jan. 03, 2011, at 2:43 p.m.

AUGUSTA — The Northeast Horsemen’s Conference and Trade Show will return to the Augusta Civic Center for the 17th consecutive year on Saturday—Sunday, Jan. 15-16.

The Conference offers horse related topics by nationally and regionally recognized guest experts who’ll talk about horses from every angle.

The conference has added a “Meet the Authors” event featuring Maine based authors who write about horse related topics. They will be available throughout the week to sign books and answer questions. An added feature is a giant screen presentation on the trade show floor featuring DVD’s of owners and their horses.

A popular Equine Photo Contest and Exhibition open to amateurs and professionals and offering prizes in various categories is another event. Entries will be placed on display for the public in the trade area.

Saturday will be Breyer Horse Fun Day hosted by Ames True Value Supply. Children are invited to create their own original Breyer’s playmate with models and paint provided by Ames. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Conference sessions will feature experts Richard Shrake, Tanya Rennie, Gwyneth McPherson, Lucille Bump, Sherrye Trafton, John Trafton, Ginger Klingstein-Albert, Deb Cayer, Mike Carpenter, Robyn Cuffey and others.

Shrake, an author of three best sellers and instructor of more than 4,000 clinics, will discuss Training Your Horse to Use Both Sides and Selecting The Horse for You.

John and his wife, Sherrye Johnson Trafton own Sable Oak Equestrian Center in Brunswick. John has been a professional farrier for 26 years. Sherrye has trained horses for 25 years and is an accomplished show woman working with many breeds. They will participate in panel discussions along with Rennie, Klingstein-Abbot and others, including a Farriers’ Forum and a problem solving session.

Cayer, the owner of Memory Lane Vacations, and Carpenter will lead a panel discussion titled “Vacationing with your horse in Maine.”

The lead trainer and director of Pineland Farms Equestrian Center in New Gloucester, McPherson will host a session on “Understanding What it Means to Make the Right Choices in Your Education and Goal Setting.”

Cuffey will discuss getting started safely in “Driving 101,” and Lucille Bump leads a session on training the horse and rider to connect.

The Central Maine Team Penning Association will be on hand to share their experiences.

Dozens of top vendors will be exhibiting equine products and services to help you start your year off right — from saddles and tack to feed and building construction, training facilities to insurance, clothing and accessories to book and gifts and much more!

Hours are Saturday, 9AM to 6PM and Sunday 9AM to 5PM.

For more information call 860-537-9119 or, on line, visit http://www.nhcts.com” www.nhcts.com

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