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Horses of all breeds will get their day at SCEP

Posted: February 5, 2013 2:44 p.m.
Updated: February 6, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Horses, horses and more horses.
Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the South Carolina Horsemen’s Association Expo is featuring a day-long event on Saturday, Feb. 9, which will be filled with horse activities geared to please everyone from backyard riders to professionals to children.
Beginning at 10 a.m. that day, at the South Carolina Equine Park in Camden, the Expo will present four dynamic presentations scheduled in the main arena, with concurrent demonstrations in separate areas. A horse health pavilion, children’s activities, a silent auction and many top horse-related vendors are also featured.
The first demonstration of the day will be the Knights of the Guild-East, a jousting team that brings to life the pageantry and skills of long-ago knights on horseback. That presentation will be followed by internationally known three-day event rider Lellie Ward, whose teaching methods advocate riding through knowledge, not luck. Her Equine/Human Proprioception, or “body awareness,” is sure to open the eyes of many skilled riders to a new method of communication with horses.
Endurance riding is among the fastest-growing equine sports in the country, so an introduction to that discipline is another of the topics in the main arena.
Dr. Julia Fisher, an avid endurance competitor, will have a team from the American Endurance Ride Conference to demonstrate behind-the-scenes activities, from vet checks to rules of the ride, conditioning of horse and rider, the various distances involved and a host of other topics that can help prepare riders for this exciting sport. A three-time National Endurance champion will be the demo horse.
As a grand finale, Outlaw’s Vision Quest Farm will demonstrate their program for children and families.
A number of demonstrations involving various breeds of horses will show the talents of Arabians and half-Arabians, dressage, eventing, natural horsemanship and therapeutic riding, to name a few. The horse health pavilion features the latest in veterinary, nutrition and farrier knowledge, with opportunities for the public to ask questions of top professionals.
General admission for the annual event is $10. South Carolina Horse Council members, who show their membership card, will be charged $5. New memberships will be accepted on site and allows this discount. A general membership meeting and election of officers will be held at 4 p.m. with refreshments. 
For more information about the South Carolina Horsemen’s Association Expo go to www.schorsecouncil.org or, call chairman Trisha Dingle at 803-428-5656.

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