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Horse and Dog Expo at Cal Expo This Weekend

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The quadrupeds have taken over Cal Expo this weekend.

The 12th annual Western States Horse Expo began Friday and will run through Sunday. This year features a new event, the Dog Expo.
The expos are made up of demonstrations and shopping areas for a wide range of equine and canine concerns.

Seven venues in Cal Expo are holding events throughout the weekend. Friday’s demonstrations included equestrian training, nutrition discussions, cowboy poetry, music and first-aid training. Numerous guidance demonstrations included proper equine dentistry, choosing the right horse, train and ride like an athlete and desensitizing pack animals.

More than 500 vendors and sponsors have filled Cal Expo’s buildings A, B, C and D. Barn, tractor and horse trailer manufacturers are scattered in the outdoor areas between arenas and exhibition buildings.

"Anything you can possibly hope to find about or for a horse is here, all in one place," Laura Strombom of Acampo said. "It’s a great place to learn how to care for horses and compare products, no matter what your discipline is."

This is the fifth year Strombom has brought horses to the expo. Antar, her 15-year-old gelding (a fixed male) kisses visitors for treats.

Visitor Jennifer Fish came to Friday’s expo to see demonstrations and hear trainers’ advice.

"I really liked the demonstration on introducing your horse to rails and jumping," Fish said. "It’s nice that they have so many arenas going at once with so many demonstrations."

The horse expo is also hosting their 10th annual Western States Expo Horse Sale.

The east entrance to the Dogs Pavilion holds a large above-ground pool with a dock for the Splash Dogs to feature the four-legged performers’ dock-jumping skills.

Friday’s Dog Expo demonstrations included obedience lessons, disc training, a canine chiropractic discussion and a frisbee demonstration by Rocket’s K-9 Comets.

Vendors for the Dog Expo included obedience schools, dog food booths, a K-9 armor booth, dog clothing booths and hygiene booths.

Saturday’s hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adult. Tickets for children 7 to 13 are $6. Children under 7 get in free. For more information on the expos’ schedules, visit their website.

Young riders prepare for a performance.

Vendors and visitors at the Dog Expo.

A horse grazes outside its stall.

Horses for sale at the 10th annual Western States Expo Horse Sale.

An equestrian and horse perform during Sabine Rijssenbeek’s demonstration, "Transitions and lateral work – long lasting results."

A horse for sale at the horse sale.

A horse peeking out from its stall.

A Splash Dogs performer and trainer.

A horse grazes behind the Dogs Pavilion.

A young equestrian waits for the cue.

A horse is bathed behind the Dogs Pavilion.

Jonathan Field leads the demonstration, "Learn how to develop a great riding horse from the ground."

Laura Strombon and Antar.

Young equestrians wait for their performance to begin.


Agnus-Dei Farrant is an intern for The Sacramento Press.




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