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Trail Blazer Magazine Celebrates 30 Years With the Trail Riding Event of the Year!

“Different than anything else ever done before!” promises Trail Blazer Magazine founder and publisher Susan E. Gibson about the upcoming Trail Blazer Festival. The Festival will be held at Rawhide, 20 minutes from the Phoenix airport, on February 29-March 2, 2008.

“Trail Blazer Magazine has always been a leader of innovative education for the trail rider, and this Festival is just an extension of that same passion I have for trail riding. Yes, the Rawhide facility is really amazing and this team of speakers is going to be fun and entertaining – but never before has there been an event that offers such a high level of education in such a fun atmosphere. Who doesn’t want to be in sunny Arizona in the dead of winter!”

Susan knew she has the right vision when The American Quarter Horse Association and Trails West Trailers stepped on board immediately as Gold Level corporate sponsors.

“The American Quarter Horse Association is excited to partner with Trail Blazer Magazine at the first annual Trail Blazer Festival, specifically designed for recreational horse owners and enthusiasts,” said Todd Branson of the AQHA. “For the past 30 years, Trail Blazer Magazine has provided outstanding recreational activities combined with high quality education to their readers, and we’re proud to join them in offering these services at this groundbreaking event. Visitors to our booth will enjoy fun giveaways and special offers from our educational library, including Junior Master Horseman. We also encourage Festival visitors to bring all unfinished Association paperwork, including registrations and transfers and an AQHA staff person will complete your work on-site at no extra charge! “

Trails West president Shane Jensen echoed his excitement about the Trail Blazer Festival, “Trails West is proud to be a sponsor for the Trail Blazer Festival. The most dominant user in the equine industry is the pleasure/trail rider. Trail Blazer Magazine is one of the best publications for the trail rider. The most dominant user in the equine industry is the pleasure/trail rider. The trail rider is also the largest Trails West consumer group. It is always a pleasure dealing with trail riders because they love their hobby so much. It is a pleasure to help these people have fun. Trails West offers consumers the best bang-for-your-buck features and options and it is obvious that over the last 20 years, trail riders have noticed.”

World renowned teacher and clinician Linda Tellington-Jones understands the vision of this Festival, ““Susan and I have a history over the past three decades of working together in a variety of groundbreaking projects. From the one-of-a-kind Performance Horse Symposium to the world renowned Race of Champions, Susan has blazed new trails with these events in a way that is fresh, innovative and always brings a high level of education to the world of trail riding. I can hardly wait to be there!”

Fifteen clinicians presenting 60 workshops every single day, covering innovative, groundbreaking methods in training, shoeing, saddle fit, equitation, lameness detection and prevention, wilderness medicine for both horse and rider, and safety on the trail. Attendees will be able to reserve a spot in the workshops they want, and the workshop will end with a Q&A period providing direct dialog with the clinicians for all of the attendees in a small-group setting.

The speakers for this year’s Festival are: Linda Tellington-Jones, Susan Harris, Peggy Brown, Alexander Kurland, Jochen Schleese, Monique Craig, Dr. Kim Henneman, Dr. Ella Bittel, Dr. Chris O’Malley, Willis Lamm, Scot Hansen, National Outdoor Leadership Wilderness Medicine, Daniel Welter and Krist Redd, Trimble Outdoor Training for GPS. A complete list of their 60+ topics and detailed talking points are available upon request. In addition to the workshops, there will also be a variety of displays of all aspects of trail riding: from setting up camp to how to pack your horse, and drawings every hour worth thousands of dollars of trail riding gear.

Since this is the first expo exclusively for trail riders, all vendors, speakers, demonstrations and displays are focused on the passion of the trail rider. Trail Riders are saving their money and coming to Festival with the intent to outfit themselves and their horses for the year in the best available trail riding gear.

The Festival is being held in a very unique venue. The old west town of Rawhide, in Chandler, Arizona, is a theme park of its own accord. It is a totally re-created western town with rides, buffalo and other animals, costumed staff, and a steakhouse that is built from a century-old original building. There are exceptional golf courses nearby as well as all the attractions Arizona is famous for, and March weather is usually sunny and warm.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The entry price will include all workshops and demonstrations, entertainment, and an indoor pavilion filled with more than 300 booths for unlimited shopping. Prizes will be given away hourly.

For attendee tickets or details on being a vendor visit http://www.trailblazerfestival.us, email info@trailblazerfestival.us or call (928) 277-4014.


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