SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The 29th Minnesota Horse Expo, sponsored by the Minnesota Horse Council, will be held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds April 29-30 and May 1.
The extremely popular PRCA Rodeos featuring stock from the legendary Barnes rodeo producers of Cherokee, Iowa and the entertainment of the "One Arm Bandit", John S. Payne, will return to the Minnesota Horse Expo for daily performances Friday and Saturday evenings at 7pm and a 3pm Sunday matinee. Barnes PRCA Rodeo is the nation's longest running professional rodeo company. Bob Barnes was honored as PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year in 1984, and inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1994. Barnes has supplied rodeo stock for the NFR (National Finals Rodeo currently held in Las Vegas) for all 50 years of its existence. John S. Payne has been named the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association "Specialty Act of the Year" nine times. Watch all seven PRCA events at each of the rodeos: Women's Professional Rodeo Association barrels, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, and team roping. From the opening Grand Entry to the final contestant, the action will be non-stop and the excitement explosive.
The Minnesota Horse Expo is a shopping extravaganza for horse related products, equipment, supplies, tack, trailers, art, jewelry and more with over 600 vendor booths both indoors and out. Shop and compare with ease - see what's new or find what's worked. In addition to all the vendors with new merchandise and product lines, the 4-H Horse Association manages a public consignment sale in the Dairy Building during the Minnesota Horse Expo which is this group's major fund raising event. The proceeds from this sale go to the Minnesota 4-H Horse Association to help pay for the state 4-H Horse Show, Winter Roundup and all the other 4-H Horse Project events. Please consider checking out your tack at home and bringing it to the sale.
The variety of horse breeds at the Minnesota Horse Expo changes every year, but always provides for an engaging, enlightening and educational Parade of Breeds each day at noon in the Coliseum. This hour long presentation of the large and small, familiar and exotic horses at Expo with commentary prepares the audience for the more comprehensive breed demonstrations Friday and Saturday afternoons at Expo. All the horses at Expo - from over 50 different breeds and registries - are stalled in the State Fair Horse Barn making it super convenient to find your favorite breed and talk to the owners, trainers and riders seen in the demonstrations. In addition, the Horse Barn houses the stallions at Expo, sale horses, and commercial horse farms promoting their breeding, training and lesson programs.
Pat Parelli will present Parelli's Secret to Love, Language and Leadership on Saturday afternoon and be available at his booth afterwards. The Parelli Event Team will be at Expo all three days. Clinicians Tommy Garland, Richard Shrake, Lainie DeBoer, Juli Lynch PhD, Gary Lane, Dennis Auslam, Ruben Villasenor, Debra Racheter and more will also provide tips on horse care, training, communication, saddle fitting, roping and riding throughout the three days of the Minnesota Horse Expo with demonstrations and lectures.
Money raised at the Minnesota Horse Expo is returned to the horse community by the Minnesota Horse Council in the form of educational scholarships, equine facilities development grants, direct funding support and individual recognition awards. Last September, Expo President Glen Eaton presented a check for $225,000 to the Minnesota Horse Council representing the proceeds of the 2010 Minnesota Horse Expo.
The Minnesota Horse Expo is open every morning at 8:30 a.m. and closes Friday and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. (some vendor buildings close at 7 p.m.) and Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Daily Expo admission is $9 for adults (ages 13-61) and $6 for ages 6-12 and seniors 62 and over; free for children 5 and under. Parking in the State Fair lots is free. PRCA Rodeo admission is extra with ticket prices ranging from $4-$10 for reserved seating. Rodeos are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information visit www.mnhorseexpo.org.
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