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Horse Breeds | Novi Equestrian Expo Features Various Horse Breeds

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By SHARON GREENE
Special to The Oakland Press

In its second year running, the Novi Equestrian Expo stands as the premier horse event in Oakland County.

Horse lovers of all ages will see various horse breeds including Quarter Horses, Arabians, Appaloosas, Morgans, Thoroughbreds, Tennessee Walkers, ponies, donkeys and minis Friday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Admission to the show is $10 for adults; children 12 and under get in free of charge.

In partnership with the Michigan Horse Council, the Expo has added new entertainment – a full-fledged rodeo with the Michigan High School Rodeo Association. The rodeo will take place at 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13.

“With the addition of the Michigan High School Rodeo Association approved Rodeo, this year’s Novi Equestrian Expo is sure to be our most exciting yet,” says Blair Bowman, owner of the Suburban Collection Showplace.

The rodeo association, whose motto is “The most fun ever on dirt,” is made up of sixth- through 12th-grade students from the U.S. and Ontario. With a larger sand and clay arena, now 60 feet by 250 feet, the rodeo can feature events such as bareback, barrels, calf-roping, break-away and cutting. Members of the rodeo program, which stresses the importance of Western heritage, said they pride themselves on teaching safety, horse and animal welfare and good sportsmanship in competition.

The Detroit Mounted Division, Mini-Horse Mania and the Michigan Vaulting Association will provide demonstrations for guests, and classes will be offered by professionals.

Indiana resident David Davis will teach “Force-Free” training with techniques based on precision communication for horse and rider. Davis, an ordained Christian minister, will share his “Force-Free” program and how he uses it in Roman Riding and Trick Training.

Longtime trail riders and campers Bill and Cricket Nelson are teaching Picket Line Safety. They said they understand how important safe picket lines are for trail riding and overnight camping. They will share their knowledge of knots for safely tying horses to the line.

Leonard resident Dorothy Mueller will teach Good Horsemanship. Mueller is a Grand Prix dressage trainer and rider. She said she will share her professional knowledge based on her belief that good horsemanship is the key to riding success.

Turner resident Steve Shaver will focus his clinic on misconceptions of equine dentistry, which is often overlooked by horse owners. He said he believes routine preventative dental care can often help solve problems before they develop. Continued…

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