Horse lovers head to Harrisburg for Horse World Expo

Want to pick up some training  tips for your filly or just soak up the excitement of equine competitions and browse the horsy offerings of 500 vendors?

Then head to Harrisburg this weekend for the annual Horse World Expo which opened today at the Farm Show Complex.

The expo - which runs through Sunday - features the nation’s leading equestrian clinicians and entertainers, hosting educational seminars and other programs.

Among the highlights: “Theatre Equus, A Musical Equine Revue” is a professionally choreographed and scripted show in which people and horses partner to perform various stunts. Shows will take place at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

In “The Wind Rider Equestrian Challenge” adult riders compete in a multi-part course to qualify for the final round – the chance to be paired with a star clinician and the championship title. Among the participants are two Philadelphia area riders:

Kelly Jones, a 43-year-old personal trainer from Schwenksville will be competing aboard her 8-year-old Quarter horse, Takota, who was purchased at the New Holland auction.

Colleen Moore, a 15-year-old student from Perkiomenville, will be competing aboard her 6-year-old Quarter horse/Paint, Heaven's OddSocks, aka Chester. Moore and her mom trained Chester from the time he was a baby, picking up top prizes at the state 4-H show.

Among the other events scheduled: The Canadian Cowgirls, an elite rodeo-style precision drill team, will host seminars on drill team, trick and musical riding. Trick trainer Tommie Turvey Jr., a well-known entertainer and clinician who trains horses to attempt dangerous stunts, will present daily clinics. Matt McLaughlin, former head trainer of the Royal Lipizzaner Stallions and classical dressage rider, trains piaffe, passage and Haute Ecole using Natural Horsemanship techniques and English riding disciplines and will present daily clinics.

Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children between 7 and 12 and free for children under 7. Admission is extra for the Theater Equus show in the evenings. For more information and a full schedule of events go to