November 10, 2000


EqWest Returns to The Del Mar Fairgrounds in Celebration of the Horse
(of Course)

Del Mar, Ca. — Last year, thousands of equine fans and professionals from Southern California and around the country gathered in San Diego for a three-day event featuring educational seminars, lectures, demonstrations and amazing performances. From that initial success, EqWest, the All-Horse Forum and Exhibition makes its much-anticipated return to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Friday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Nov. 19, 2000. This year's show promises more expert presentations, theatrical performances and unique breeds from around the world as well as the latest in equine products and merchandise to equip both horse and rider in style.

EqWest provides West Coast horse lovers the opportunity to experience a taste of EQUITANA USA, North America's only international equine expo, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky. American Paint, Friesians and Andulisians are just a few of the more than 30 breeds horse lovers will find will be on display throughout EqWest.

"Based upon the impressive attendance we received at last year's EqWest, it's apparent the equine industry is important to Southern Californians," explained Lisa Kiser, marketing manager for EqWest. "The beauty of EqWest is it has something to offer everyone, from professional and recreational riders to those who simply loves horses."

The EQUITANA USA/EQWEST Philosophy

Like EQUITANA USA, EqWest features educational presentations, equine products and service exhibits and an evening performance similar to EQUITANA USA's The Mane Event which U.S. News & World Report called "a horsy gala." As North America's leading provider of horse-related education, products and information for all breeds, disciplines and lifestyles, EQUI-TANA USA tailored EqWest's daytime presentation schedule to reflect its philosophies. The latest advances in equine nutrition, sports medicine, training philosophies and techniques are some of the topics covered in EqWest's presentation schedule this year.

Industry Experts and Cutting-Edge Training Techniques

One of the more than 40 industry professionals scheduled to speak during the three-day show is Olympian dressage rider Gunter Siedel, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Siedel, who won a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games and recently competed in the Sydney Games, will give a presentation on dressage basics for beginners.

The extremely popular Equitana U lecture series also returns. This two-day seminar for equine professionals sold out last year and is expected to do so again in 2000. Featured speakers include James Shaw, developer of the Tai Chi for the Equestrian program; Mary Midkiff, founder of the Women and Horses program; and the much sought-after GaWaNi Pony Boy, best-selling author and creator of Relationship Training and Native American Horsemanship. The cost for the two-day program is $75.

Mane Event West

Last year, audiences were amazed by Mane Event West - EqWest's nighttime equine extravaganza. This year's show, titled "Mane Event West - A Spectacle of Horses by the Sea," promises even more beautiful costumes and spectacular feats of riding.

Scheduled performances include "The Disco Kid" featuring Eitan Beth-Halachmy, an Israeli shepherd who first learned classical riding methods on a donkey; reining champion Thad Carr and Rancho Santa Fe's own Eloise King, who will delight kids and adults alike with a tribute to 101 Dalmatians, complete with her horse painted to look like a king-size Dalmatian!

"Mane Event West - A Spectacle of Horses by the Sea" also features many horse breeds. A variety of Spanish horses will perform including Andalusians, Paso Finos, Spanish Mustangs and Az-tecas. `From the Land of Fire and Ice' features six to eight horses from Iceland that can travel at speeds up to 40 kilometers per hour. Morgan stallions and Black Friesians are two additional breeds included in the evening performances.

EqWest opens at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Friday, Nov. 17 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 19. Show hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.—6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mane Event West—A Spectacle of Horses by the Sea, which requires a separate ticket, runs Friday and Saturday evenings, Nov. 19-20, 6:30 p.m.—8 p.m.

Tickets to EqWest are $15 for a three-day pass to the daytime exposition, or $10 per day. Tickets to Mane Event West - A Spectacle of Horses by the Sea, the evening theatrical performance on Friday and Saturday nights, are $15 each.

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