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Hawaii Horse Expo 2012 brings together best in their fields


The 5th annual Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Hawaii Horse Expo is Aug. 11-12.

The event will be co-hosted by Paniolo Preservation Society at the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables in Waimea. Proceeds from the annual event will benefit the HIHS Horse Rescue and Paniolo Preservation Society.

Pukalani Stables allows for three Expo programs to occur simultaneously in three different settings for ongoing action. The Paniolo Preservation Society Museum will be open to Expo attendees and there will be a wide array of vendors offering services, medical and nutritional information and programs, saddle making and more as well as a benefit silent auction.

Aug. 11 clinics, demonstrations and presentations include topics such as Round Pen Logic, Colt Starting, The Ten Qualities of the Horse’s Mind, ABC’s of Horse Breeding and Yoga and the Rider.

Sunday, Aug. 12 topics include Taking Your Horse to the Next Level, Horse Behavior 101, A Horse of a Different Color, and Introduction to Wellness Hoof Trimming.

Sunday also includes a Hawaiian blessing of horses and presentation of the 3rd annual Mana Award by HIHS and Veterinary Associates to Dick Solmssen who founded and has been director of HPS’s horse program for the past 50 years.

Hawaii Horse Expo Clinicians and presenters are Janice Baxter, Dr. Brady Bergin, Linda Tellington-Jones, Dr. Daniel King, Rick Lamb, Dr. Robert Miller, Susanella Nobel, Charles Wilhelm, Richard Winters, Sarah Winters and Dr. Lisa Wood.

Gates open both days 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tickets, $30 per day, are available now at HIHS shelters in Waimea, Kona and Keaau and at the Parker Ranch Store. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

The mission of the Hawaii Island Humane Society is to promote respect for all animals, prevent cruelty to animals, eliminate pet overpopulation, and enhance the bond between humans and animals.

HIHS holds a contract with the County of Hawaii to enforce certain animal-related laws and it offers 24-hour service for injured animals and other animal emergencies, humane education classes, low-cost spay and neuter services, lost and found assistance, microchipping and more.

For further information, call 887-2301 or visit

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