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February 16-18, 2001

2001 Western Idaho Horse Fair & Trade Show to Bring Olympic Athletes & World-Renowned Equestrian Experts to Idaho

The Western Idaho Horse Fair and Trade Show, a three-day equine exposition, returns to the Western Idaho Fairgrounds February 16-18. It is expected to attract more than 15,000 breeders, trainers, riders and horse enthusiasts from across the United States.

The Western Idaho Horse Fair and Trade Show was named one of the Top 12 Horse Expos in the Nation by Horse & Rider two years in a row and offers a variety of activities fit for the entire family. A petting zoo, pony rides, and rodeo clown Ed White will entertain both young and old.

Education, fun, and family are key components of the Western Idaho Horse Fair and Trade Show.

David O'Connor, 2000 Olympic Gold Medallist, will be the headline entertainer and is set to present clinics and discuss his Sydney experience. He will also be presenting a special evening, Sunday, February 18, "David O'Connor - Up Close!".

O'Connor won the first Olympic Gold medal for the United States Equestrian Team since 1984 when he clinched the individual eventing championship at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, receiving the highest score in Olympic history. Eventing, also known as horse trials, encompasses dressage, show jumping and cross-country.

O'Connor was selected as the winner of the 2000 AHSA Equestrian of the Year. He was chosen from a group of eight of the nation's most distinguished athletes, including top international competitors and Olympic veterans.

The AHSA Equestrian of the Year award is presented to the individual who has demonstrated superior sportsmanship, dedication, and the pursuit of excellence in equestrian competition for the current year.

David O'Connor of The Plaines, Virginia is not only an awe-inspiring rider and competitor, but also a great speaker and clinician.

The 20-year veteran of equestrian competition will bring several exciting venues to Boise, including tips on preparing your horse for eventing and what it takes to be an Olympian.

O'Connor will make special appearances and conduct several clinics throughout the weekend.

Sunday, February 18, O'Connor will conduct a special engagement performance, "David O'Connor - Up Close!" This program will feature talks, training methods, Q&A, presentations and horses.

The Western Idaho Horse Fair and Trade Show will feature educational presentations and demonstrations on topics ranging from riding and showing to training and caring for your horse. There will be specialty training lessons, show tune-ups, bit and bitting clinics and an absolute crowd pleaser: "The laying down of the horse exercise".

This year's show features an expanded list of seminars and speakers known throughout the equine industry including Barbara Schulte, Curt Pate, Ken McNabb, Trina McGown, Jeff Spencer, Justin Warneke and several more.

The Stallion Station will allow attendees to preview equines for breeding or show. Breed demonstrations will allow the versatility of different breeds. Michael Pariseau and Eitan Beth-Halachmy of California will be bringing their Friesian and Morgan equines to participate in evening programs and to share training successes to spectators.

On Friday and Saturday nights, spectators can take in the exciting Grand Gala Event. This theatrical production puts horses on center stage. Breeds from around the world, breathtaking costumes, and talented, graceful and daring riders perform. Featured performances include Cowboy Dressage and High School Dressage.

The Western Idaho Horse Fair and Trade Show features acres of products including tack, art, trailers, feed, clothing, stable equipment, grooming products and more.

The 2001 show will also include a premiere horse sale. This sale will feature select, pre-screened equines that will please any buyer.

For tickets or more information about the 2001 Western Idaho Horse Fair and Trade Show call (208) 362-4343, or check us out on the World Wide Web at http://www.horseaffairs.com. To receive a horse sale catalog call (406) 348-2219.

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