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Hawaii Horse Expo 2010 schedule packed with learning opportunity

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Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Hawaii Horse Expo 2010 begins 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20 with video and lecture seminars at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort. The event moves to the Waikoloa Stables in Waikoloa Village on Saturday, Aug. 21 and Sunday, Aug. 22 for clinics and demonstrations beginning each day at 9 a.m.

Presenter Dr. Robert Miller begins three days of all-things-horse-related with his fascinating presentation/lecture on Friday, Aug. 20, “The Horse, The Most Unique Creature on Earth.”

Dr. Jody Bearman follows with her presentation, “Equine Health from Another Perspective.”

Rick Lamb and Dale Myler also speak on Friday afternoon in the Alii Ballroom at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort.

When the vendor tent opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 at Waikoloa Stables, Expo attendees will be greeted with an array of shopping opportunities ranging from the Hamakua Fudge Shop to Alfalfa Hay & Cubes.

At 10 a.m., bids open on the silent auction tables, which include donations of art, activities and more. Saturday clinics are hosted by some of the top experts in equine health and behavior.

In addition to Friday’s presenters Miller, TV Star Rick Lamb returns as a presenter & moderater at Hawaii Horse Expo 2010.

Bearman, Lamb and Myler, will be experts Richard Winters and Tammy Pate. Back-to-back clinics begin at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a lunch break with food and entertainment 12:30-2 p.m.

On Sunday, Aug. 22, the vendor tent opens once again at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. Kealoha Sugiyama conducts the annual blessing of the horses. Anyone may bring a lock of their horse’s mane to be woven in to a lei during this special blessing.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. Laura Rose will be presented the first annual Hawaii Island Humane Society Hawaii Horse Expo Mana Award.

Clinics and demonstrations begin again at 10:45 a.m. with the final clinic of the day beginning at 4:15 p.m.

Tickets for a full day of learning and personal interaction with the clinicians cost $25. They are available at Walco International in Kawaihae, the Harry Wishard Gallery in Waimea, and at all Hawaii Island Humane Society Shelters. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Entrance to the Expo Fair Grounds (vendor tent, silent auction, lunch area) is free.

Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which helps abused and abandoned horses on the island.

For more information and ongoing program updates, call 887-2301 or visit www.HawaiiHorseExpo.com

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