This year’s event will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.
Six years ago, area horse enthusiasts began the Delaware Horse Expo and it’s grown over the years to include exhibitions, vendors and activities all with an equestrian flair. This year’s event will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. The cost is $5 per person and children younger than 12 are admitted for free. For more information, call 398-4630 or visit www.delawarehorseexpo.com.
1 Maryland Rough Riders
This group of 16-20 riders has been practicing their precision riding for 20 years. Hailing from Queen Anne’s County, the group choreographs routines to music for a colorful and entertaining feature. They have performed at the expo before as well as at the Sea Witch Festival and Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C.
2 Corolla Spanish Mustangs
These hardy animals were some of the first to make shore in the New World. Today, only a handful continues to live in the wild along the outerbanks of North Carolina. Clinician Steve Edwards, owner of Mill Swamp Indian Horses, has spearheaded a campaign to breed and preserve these descendents of the original Spanish horses brought by explorers. He uses natural horsemanship techniques and will demonstrate how he’s tamed and trained these animals.
3 Chincoteague Pony Drill Team
Made famous by Misty of Chincoteague, these ponies also are direct descendents of the horses brought over by Spanish explorers. Herds continue to roam the island of Assateague and each year the Chincoteague Fire Co. rounds them up and auctions some off for Pony Penning Day. Over the years, young people across the country have learned to ride these stocky ponies. The drill team started in 1997 and performs in a limited number of engagements including the Delaware Horse Expo.
4 For the kids
A Breyer Model Horse show is almost just like the real thing. Contestants polish and preen their horses in hopes of winning a prize. The first 100 kids will get a chance to paint a Breyer Model Horse for free at the Dover Building. There will be pony rides and a petting zoo for lots of close-up time. Fox Valley Oliver — the 18-hand Shire who was a model for a Breyer horse — will be there as well as Kosher King, a Delaware Standarbred racehorse who is raising funds for children with cancer. A Parade of Breeds will showcase all the different kinds of horses and riding styles out there.
5 For the equestrian
Several clinicians will share their horse training techniques throughout the day. Diane J. Sept of Pennsylvania will be the featured clinician. She will show riders simple exercises to help them feel more comfortable. Christine Nibblett, co-owner of Nibblett Stables in Seaford with her husband Rick, will share her equine experience with participants. David Davis, a three-time World Reining Horse Trainer, will demonstrate his brand of Cowboy Dressage, tricks and Roman Riding. Other demonstrations will include Chesapeake Plantation Walking horses and miniature horses.