St. Paul Horse Expo – something for everyone

The Horse Expo is the largest equine trade show and breed exhibition in Minnesota. It was held April 26, 27, 28 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota. The expo featured different presenters like Ken Mcnabb,a horse trainer, and Dale Myler, a bit expert. They have presenters who specialize in dressage training, roping, and equine message therapy. The event is very diverse within the equine field.

For those wanting a little more entertainment, the expo had several features.  Ma’ceo, a mix of trick riding and acrobatics, was brand new this year. It was held in a tent a little ways away from the Coliseum. Ma’ceo is made and owned by an Italian family. It has been passed down from generation to generation. They have taken many different cultural riding styles and then given them their own, unique twist. All of the performances are done with lively gypsy music. Also present was the Minnesota Mounted Shooter Association was there as well. Mounted shooting involves riding a horse and shooting at differently positioned targets.

The Parade of Breeds was held each day at noon in the Coliseum.  This display of different horse breeds showed Akhal-Teke, Buckskins, Fell ponys, Hungarians, Gypsys, Nokotas, and Norwegian Fjords, to name a few. Each horse was by an individual. Some brought in more then one breed for the parade.

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