Celebrate the horse at WNY EquiFest 2017, Western New York’s premier equine expo and equestrian gathering Saturday, March 18 and Sunday March 19 at the Showplex on the Fairgrounds in Hamburg.

WNY EquiFest is a free, family-friendly equine exposition featuring some of the area’s top clinicians and trainers. Sponsored by the Western Chapter New York State Horse Council, this will be the event’s seventh successful consecutive year, growing bigger and more exciting with the addition of new clinicians and presenters. This year, there will be top horse trainers and more exciting presentations, sure to please every horse lover and enthusiast.

Purina, the Yankee Reining Horse Association and the Western Chapter New York State Horse Council are proud to welcome Shawn Flarida, the National Reining Horse Association’s leading rider, who was inducted into NRHA’s Hall of Fame in June 2011 and to date, the only 5.5 Million Dollar Rider. Shawn will host a demonstration on Saturday, followed by a participant clinic Saturday evening. Auditors are welcome.

The show organizers are also thrilled to have, for the first time in Western New York, the Golden Pony Express Drill Team from Ohio. Riding Haflinger horses, this exciting precision drill team’s riders range from 11 to 38 and are guaranteed to be real crowd pleasers!

Not-Your- Average Dog and Pony Show, a K9 and horse relay race will delight the audience with exciting teams of agility dogs and horses, each team competing for the best time.

The Last Chance Corral, based in Athens, OH, is bringing four foals from its nurse mare foal rescue program.

This organization is a 501c (3) non-profit devoted to the rehabilitation, recovery and adoption of orphaned, abandoned and abused foals, ponies and horses.

Returning will be perennial favorites: the Parade of Breeds and Breed Avenue, where you can have a close encounter of the best kind with your favorite equine companion.

For the kids or the kids at heart, the Family Fun Corral will engage even the littlest cowpoke with fun and educational projects where they can explore their creativity, making fun art projects or trying their hand at old-fashioned cowhand skills.

Another newcomer to EquiFest is Breyer, the World’s Finest Model Horses, hosting their Family Fun Day.

Young family members can paint their own stablemate and take their creation home! Activity hours are from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday at the Breyer booth.

Brittany Braunbach and her students will thrill the audience once more with their jaw-dropping skills at trick riding. Erie, Niagara and Wyoming County 4-H teams will participate once again with a Horse Bowl competition and equine communication presentations.

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, purses, fine hand-made chocolates, exotic spices – something for everyone – with both products and information for all attendees.

There will be plenty of refreshments on-site and free-parking. Like them on Facebook at EquiFest WNY.

For a full event schedule, visit website at For more information, contact Barbara Moore at or (716)-912- 2100 or Mary at or or (585) 322-2696.