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Horse Enthusiasts Kick off Expo at Richmond’s Raceway Complex

Richmond, Virginia, October 1, 2006— Get ready to horse around at the third annual three-day Virginia Equine Extravaganza starting October 27, 2006 at Richmond’s Raceway Complex.

The three-day event is expected to draw more than 10,000 people from the United States and beyond to visit more than 100 horses and 130 seminars on the show grounds’ 650,000 square-foot space. The Virginia Equine Extravaganza offers clinics, lectures and demonstrations across the equestrian disciplines. That means demonstrations and clinics about eventing, dressage, driving, gaited horses, cutting, reining, trail classes, Western pleasure, jumping, mounted games and more.

The 2006 expo features more than 200 trade show exhibitors, more than 55 visiting world-class clinicians and presenters, over 130 seminars (many by Virginia-based equine professionals), With newly added equine entertainment and competitions, the expo provides a forum to further educate horse owners about equine care and training while also providing fun opportunities for families looking for an exciting outing.

The show’s producer and president, Vicki O’Hara says she decided to start the show when she read noticed Virginians’ love of horses and lack of unified shopping and learning venue. Her intuition proved correct-- Virginia Equine Extravaganza attendance rose 42 percent between 2004 and 2005—showing the locals passion for horses and commitment to continuous learning.

“Virginia has a robust equestrian community--it’s considered the 5th largest horse state in the country,” she says. “Yet a few years ago, there was nothing in Virginia that was bringing the industry together in an all-breed, all-discipline event that also provided good entertainment and good shopping. There were a lot of eager and enthusiastic equestrians who have a passion for the industry but no outlet locally. It was an underserved market.”

O’Hara has gathered the top names in horse training to present at the 2006 expo. Names such as Lyons, Palm and Goodnight rank as royalty in the horse world. (Visit http://www.equineextravaganza.com for a complete list of presenters and an updated schedule.)

“We’re thrilled to have so many world-class presenters excited to participate in this year’s Extravaganza,” O’Hara says. “Our goals have always been to promote the horse industry, provide educational opportunities, increase breed awareness, promote a variety of disciplines, and promote youth involvement with horses. With these strong equine leaders presenting their favorite topics and their vast skills, we’re well on our way to another successful event.”

O’Hara is determined to help the show grow—bringing more and more horses and horse lovers to the state and specifically to the Richmond area.

“This is our third year and each year we continue to add stellar clinicians and tap into even more local resources,” she says. “We’ve increased the variety of topics covered in demonstrations and clinics. We’ve expanded to have more activities for youth to make it more fun for kids to attend. We’ve also tried over the years to incorporate Virginia’s equine heritage and involve the local community in the show. This year we’re including an equine art show featuring artwork from school students throughout the state.”

For a $14 general admission fee (adult), or just $8 for children 6-11, visitors have access to all the activities, clinics and shopping during the show days. Discount three-day passes are available online: $32 for a three-day adult pass; $16 for a three-day youth pass. Three-day passes will not be available at the event. Children under 5 admitted free. Get your tickets today at http://www.equineextravaganza.com or directly through http://www.ticketweb.com/user/?region=va&query=schedule&venue=richracewaycomp1

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Tickets are available online (http://www.equineextravaganza.com/tickets.htm) or at the gate (cash only at the gate): Adults, $14; Youth under 12, $8; Children under age 5 enter for free. Tickets for the evening performance, Equus Extraordinaire, are available for an additional $10 per person.

Getting there

To reach 600 East Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va., 23222, in the Richmond Raceway Complex follow directions from your part of town.

From Washington DC and the North

• Travel I-95 to Exit 82

• Take Chamberlayne Avenue (301)

• Turn left at third traffic light onto Azalea Avenue

• Follow signs (2.5 miles).

From the South

• Travel I-95 to Exit 45 onto I-295 North.

• Follow I-295 to Exit 38-B - Meadowbridge Road.

• Travel Meadowbridge Road approximately five miles.

• The entrances will be on the left.

From the West

• Travel I-64 east to Exit 186

• Turn left at end of exit ramp onto Laburnum Avenue.

• Follow Laburnum about 2 miles to Richmond Raceway Complex.

From the East

• Travel I-64 west to Exit 195

• Turn right at end of exit ramp onto Laburnum Avenue

• Travel about five miles to Richmond Raceway Complex.


Six Richmond-area hotels offer special prices for Equine Extravaganza guests. Make sure to mention the show’s name when you call: Holiday Inn I 64 W Crossroads (804) 359-6061; Holiday Inn Central (804) 359-9441; Doubletree Richmond Airport 804-226-6400; Marriott Courtyard Richmond Airport (800) 652-0500; Holiday Inn Express Mechanicsville (804) 559-0022; Holiday Inn I-95 and Parham Road (804) 266-8753. Visit http://www.equineextravaganza.com/hotels.htm for a complete list of area lodging options.

For more information and tickets log on to http://www.equineextravaganza.com or call (410) 647-3800


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