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Horse Expo adding events (Aug. 5-7)


Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Hawaii Horse Expo 2011 is coming up Aug. 5-7. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which helps abused and abandoned horses on the island.

Hawaii Horse Expo begins 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 with an Equine Medicine Symposium at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

Top equine veterinarians Dr. Robert Miller from California, Dr. Brady Bergin of Waimea and Dr. Mark Fitch from Colorado will share their experiences so that attendees learn better animal care.

“Once again we have gathered some extremely talented individuals for the Expo. They are ready and willing to impart their knowledge so that horse owners and horse lovers can learn from them,” Hawaii Horse Expo producer Nancy Jones said. “We’re very fortunate to have these individuals coming to the Big Island and I hope people will take full advantage of their presence.”

In addition to Miller, Fitch and Bergin, accomplished horseman and trainer Tommy Garland, RFD TV host Rick Lamb, “HorseThink” founder and trainer Scot Hansen, and TTouch founder Linda Tellington-Jones will all be conducting clinics and hands-on demonstrations Saturday, Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Anna Ranch Heritage Center in Waimea. The event begins 10 a.m. and continuing throughout both days.

Saturday topics include Different Approaches for Different Horses; Calm Your Spooky Horse; Bucking, Rearing, Running Off; Making Your Horse Road Safe; Slowing Down the Canter; and Self Defense for the Trail Rider.

Sunday begins with a Blessing of the Horses. Horse owners are welcome to bring a strand of their horse’s mane or tail for a traditional Hawaiian blessing.

Also Sunday, Hawaii Horse Expo will present the event’s Mana Award to recognize an individual on the Big Island who has inspired and educated the community about horses in line with the goals of Hawaii Horse Expo. The award is sponsored by Veterinary Associates Inc. in Waimea.

Clinics and demonstration topics on Sunday are The Making of a Police Horse; Learning to Read Your Horse; Transform Your Horse’s Attitude; Ground Exercises to Teach Carriage, Control, Confidence; and Easier Ways to Achieve Lateral Flexion.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday the Hawaii Horse Expo Vending Hall will be open for shopping and a Silent Auction will benefit Hawaii Island Humane Society.

The cost of the Equine Medicine Symposium is $50 and is limited to 50 people. Saturday and Sunday clinics and demonstrations at Anna Ranch are just $30 for each full day of events. Gold and Platinum benefactor passes are also available.

Information and ticket purchase forms are available at Hawaii Island Humane Society shelters in Kona, Waimea and Keaau or may be downloaded at

Anyone interested in becoming a supporter, vendor or sponsor should contact Jones at 808-887-2301 or email

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