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Tickets on sale now for Hawaii Horse Expo 2009

Hawaii Horse Expo 2009 includes lectures, demonstrations and workshops by horse experts from across the country and around the world. (Photo courtesy Mary Buckley)

Hawaii Horse Expo 2009 includes lectures, demonstrations and workshops by horse experts from across the country and around the world. (Photo courtesy Mary Buckley)


Harness the family. Lasso your friends. Corral the cowboys. The Hawaii Horse Expo 2009 is slated for Aug. 14, 16 in Kailua-Kona and at the Kahilu Theatre and adjacent grounds in Waimea.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which was established last year to help abused and abandoned horses on the island.

Tax-deductible tickets begin at just $15. Full day pass is just $25 or $50 for Saturday and Sunday. Visit for a registration form.

Tickets are available from the Hawaii Island Humane Society shelters in Kona, Waimea and Keaau and at the Parker Ranch Store in Waimea at the Parker Ranch Center.

The 2009 event has secured participation of respected equine experts in areas of behavior, equipment use, advance riding techniques, and even animal photography.

Experts include Dr. Robert Miller, renowned equine behaviorist, author, and lecturer.

Dr. Miller leads off Hawaii Horse Expo at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14 with a lecture and video at the Royal Kona Resort, “New Concepts in Imprint Training.”

Miller’s presentation will be followed by a presentation by Rick Lamb, popular host of RFD TV’s “The Horse Show” and author of several books relating to horsemanship.

Lamb’s presentation on Friday afternoon, “Finding Flicka,” shares ways to find a horse that’s right for you as well as discussing what to do if you already invested in the wrong horse. As in 2008, Lamb also shares his talents at Horse Expo 2009 as moderator for the event.

Dale Myler joins the impressive lineup of experts and demonstrates training using the right bit.

Legendary Texas trainer Jack Brainard who helped organize the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is a featured clinician for Hawaii Horse Expo 2009.

As master of the flying lead change, Brainard will be teaching and demonstrating “Advanced Horsemanship Based on Cowboy Dressage.”

Local trainer, breeder, and clinician Lester Buckley will be presenting a workshop called “Horseplay – What Does It Mean?” based upon a series of remarkable photographs taken by his wife, animal photographer Mary Buckley.

Internationally acclaimed photographer Tim Flach of England, who is a featured presenter, also will conduct a special pre-Expo workshop 7:15 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12.

The day-long workshop will take place on a 23,000-acre working cattle and buffalo ranch near Kona. Workshop is limited to just 10 students.

The workshop presents a rare opportunity for professional and amateur photographers to improve their technical skills and artistic vision under the inspiring direction of a master.

Select photographs taken during the workshop will be published in Malama Lio – The Hawaii Horse Journal. Many of the images will also be displayed at the Kahilu Theatre during Hawaii Horse Expo.

The tax-deductible donation for participants is $200 per person. Proceeds benefit the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund. Contact Wanda at 854-9855 to register.

Flach has been the subject of numerous articles in photographic publications including “Victor by Hasselblad,” “Digital Camera,” and “Photo Magazine.” His many prestigious awards include both gold and silver Clios.

If you have any interest in horses at all, regardless of your level of knowledge, you definitely do not want to miss this rare opportunity to meet, mingle and learn from some of the very best in the world.

For more information and registration visit or call 887-2301.

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