by Jessica Schroeder, USTA Outreach & Membership Enrichment Coordinator
Columbus, OH — Five Standardbreds were showcased in multiple educational demonstrations about the breed at Equine Affaire over the weekend (April 12-15) at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.
Four horses were featured in five 10-minute breed demos:
- Beware Of Our Party (Dressage) — musical freestyle with rider Haleigh Kruse
- Rocknroll Eva (gaited ) — ridden saddle seat by Stephanie Geewax
- Teddy Bear (Roadster) — driven by Joe Jenkins
- Theredandpanlines (racehorse) — catch driven by Roy Burns, Adam Beatty and Kris Hinchcliff
The above mentioned horses, along with Wynnfield Comet, were stabled in the Horse & Farm Exhibit, where attendees could view and ask questions about them. They all also participated in the breed pavilion petting stall. Theredandpanlines was also used in two 10-minute in hand presentations on the breed and Wynnfield Comet was used in a 45-minute demonstration by Jillian Kreinbring about “Developing an Eye for the Structure of the Horse.”
The breed pavilion booth and demonstration couldn’t have been successful without our many horse owners and volunteers, including Rachel Beatty, Allison Conte, Jennifer Daniels, Aimee Hock, Beth Jenkins, Jayme Laing, Jean Moran, Kim Schneider, Susan Schroeder, Duncan Shallcross and Calvin Sharp. Thanks also to trainer Danny Collins for providing a race bike.
Next year’s Equine Affaire will be held April 11-14. For more information, visit www.equineaffaire.com.
Since 1996, the Standardbred Equine Program (SEP) has worked with owners of off-the-track Standardbreds to educate the general public about the many disciplines Standardbreds excel at once they are retired from racing.