Hi, it's Craig Matthews spreading the word about "Equifest 2014", an annual event that's free and open to all. The big horse and equine related event is set for next Sunday, March 16 starting at 9:30 AM at the Showplex at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.

Check out the YouTube video highlighting last years event and the information below has all you'll need to know. Also, I'll be proud to riding as a part of the Erie County Sheriff's Mounted Unit for the presentation of colors during the opening ceremony. See you there!

EQUIFEST 2014 – Sponsored by the Western Chapter of the New York State Horse Council         (WCNYSHC)

DATE:               SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014

TIME:               9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM


Need your spring “horse-fix” after this long, cold winter?  Join your friends and make new ones at WNY EquiFest 2014, Western New York’s premier equine expo and equestrian gathering Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at the Showplex on the Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY.  Opening ceremonies will kick off the festivities at 9:30 a.m. 

WNY EquiFest is a free family-friendly equine exposition featuring some of the area’s top clinicians and trainers.  Sponsored by the Western Chapter of the New York State Horse Council, this will be the event’s fourth consecutive year, growing bigger and more exciting with the addition of new clinicians and presenters.  

New this year and sure to be a real crowd pleaser will be Cowboy Mounted Shooting, presented by Stagecoach Outriders Cowboy Mounted Shooters.  Cowboy mounted shooting, one of the fastest growing family oriented equine sports, is a combination of reining, barrel racing, horsemanship and marksmanship. Also new this year - Travis Pufpaff will make youth horsemanship the focus of his reining demonstration  and there is sure do be some action with the Western New York Polo Club demonstration.

The Family Fun Corral will be back again this year where children can try their hands at old fashioned cowhand skills or make a cool art project to take home.  Barn 11 will also host a fashion show, highlighting some of the newest equine wear provided by The Harness Shop Online, Creekside Saddlery, Stagecoach West, LaScala Originals and So Vain Clothing.  Paul Nazzarett, Jr. owner of The Harness Shop Online remarked “Although there are events in other parts of the country, EquiFest is Buffalo’s premier equestrian trade show with informational presentations.”

Equestrian “Giving Back” Program – Unyts, WNY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center, along with the Western Chapter of the New York State Horse Council, will host a community blood drive.  For every pint collected and a 1/2 hour of your time, 3 lives can be saved.  Bring your photo ID and plan to donate! 

Over 100 vendors will offer the equine enthusiast must-have horse products ranging from the newest line of riding wear,  saddles, equipment, tractors, trucks, trailers,  beautiful hand-crafted horse pottery, even purses and hand-made fine chocolates – something for everyone - with both products and information for all attendees.

There will be plenty of refreshments on-site and free-parking.  Like us on Facebook at EquiFest WNY. FOR A FULL EVENT SCHEDULE VISIT OUR WEBSITE: www.wcnyshc.org