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7th Annual Hawaii Horse 2014 is Aug. 23 to 24

Hawaii Island Humane Society’s 7th Annual Hawaii Horse Expo 2014 is Aug. 23 to 24 with a special Equine Medicine Symposium slated for Aug. 22, at the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables in Waimea. In partnership with the Paniolo Preservation Society, proceeds from the annual event benefit the Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which helps abused and abandoned horses on the island.

Hawaii Horse Expo is multipurpose with a mission to educate and inspire, visit and share with others and with these experts. Two full days of simultaneous clinics and demonstrations also includes colorful pa’u riders and a traditional Hawaiian blessing of the horses.

In addition to interactive demonstrations throughout both days at Pukalani Stables, the Hawaii Horse Expo includes a marketplace with vendors offering state-of-the-art services, medical and nutritional information and programs, saddle making, and related equine services including clothing, art, a silent auction and delicious food.

Clinicians scheduled to appear at the 2014 Hawaii Horse Expo include: Dr. Brady Bergin, respected Hawaii Island veterinarian now associate clinical professor, University of Minnesota; Pete Gorrell, author and award-winning Hawaiian and western saddle maker; Scot Hansen, retired mounted police officer and horsemanship trainer; Jim Helfter, founder of Advanced Biological Concepts, a company that provides livestock producers with nutritional technology; Kerry Kuhn, esteemed horseman and lecturer who connects riders and horses; Dr. Robert Miller, veterinarian, renowned equine behaviorist, author and lecturer; Curt Pate, author and international clinician who specializes in stockmanship, colt starting and horsemanship; Tammy Pate, rancher and horsemanship lecturer on mental and physical balance; Sandy Siegrist, presenter on natural horsemanship. Rick Lamb, popular host of RFD TV’s “The Horse Show,” returns as Hawaii Horse Expo moderator.

Anyone interested in becoming a vendor should contact event co-coordinator Connie Bender at hawaiihorseexpo@gmail.com or 371-4803. Sponsor inquiries can be directed to Jones at 887-2301 or email nanjon8@aol.com. A portion of each Hawaii Horse Expo ticket purchase is tax-deductible. Tickets will be available online at HawaiiHorseExpo.com beginning in June.