June 2018 - Western States Horse Expo

Popular programs return for event’s 20th anniversary in Sacramento.

This month’s Western States Horse Expo marks the event’s 20th anniversary. For the last two decades this exposition has celebrated the spirit of the horse, the equestrian and rural lifestyle with all that they encompass. Happening June 8-10 at Cal Expo in Sacramento, this has been the premier event of its kind, and has been one of the most trusted resources for innovation, inspiration and education within the equestrian community unlike any other!

On Friday evening, June 8, after a full day of demonstrations, lectures and amazing shopping, attendees will be able to witness the Magnificent 7 All Around Stock-Horse Championship where seven of the best horse/human teams in the country will be competing in four events, in one evening, on the same horse. This is an event sure to thrill everyone! The Western Select Barrel Race is happening on Saturday evening, June 9, and Sunday morning, June 10.

This race has a jackpot of $10,000, making it one of the largest purses west of the Mississippi. Riders will be racing for cash and prizes and the excitement of the crowd. Of course, the Western Select Ranch & Barrel Horse Sale is going to be an exhilarating event happening on Sunday June 10. Managed for the Western States Horse Expo by Parnell Dickenson, this sale will showcase some of the very best horses on the market today. Grab a bid paddle and be part of the excitement as you bring home your new horse.


  • Art of the Horse Exhibition and Sale is happening all weekend long at the 20th Anniversary Event. Artists who focus the subject of their work on the horse and the rural lifestyle associated with the horse, in whatever medium they work in, are invited to participate.
  • Clinicians Unmounted is a great opportunity for attendees to sit down with their favorite clinicians, such as Julie Goodnight, Jonathan Field, Warwick Schiller, Robert Gage, Gina Miles and Scott Purdum, away from the arena and in a casual setting to gain instruction, advice, insights and learn more about their horsemanship journey. Clinicians Unmounted happens all three days of the Western States Horse Expo. Access to these wonderful opportunities are part of the general admission ticket. This learning opportunity has become incredibly popular with attendees.
  • Horse Expo University is another great learning opportunity. Attendees will be able to meet and learn from equine health professionals and industry leaders such as Dr. Nancy Loving, DMV, Jim Masterson, Darrell Nephew, Bryan Owen, Kat Chrysostom and Zachary Rhodes, EqD IAED/C. Attendees should come prepared with a notebook and be ready to take their knowledge to new heights in this great classroom-like setting happening all three days of the Western States Horse Expo.
  • Horseinterest is much like Pinterest, but focuses on hands-on crafting of great items for horses. This year attendees can learn to make mohair cinches with Pop Wagner at the Western States Horse Expo! Cost is $150 for one day, $275 for two days and $350 for three days. Advance registration is recommended: email Pop Wagner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call him at 612-817-5898.
  • Trail Symposium is the place to take your trail riding, horse camping and the preservation of our natural equestrian riding resources – the amazing trails – to new levels. The majority of horse owners are trail riders — and trail riders today are continuously challenged with losing trails throughout the country. The Trail Symposium will help you make your trail outings longer, safer, new and exciting for seasons to come. Do not miss out on the great demonstrations and talks happening all three days of the Western States Horse Expo.
  • Young Rider Park is the place for all young equestrians to gather up and enjoy some fun activities! Sponsored by Young Rider Magazine, everyone from tykes to teenagers, anyone who is an aspiring rider can have fun with the wide variety of activities available. Some of the scheduled activities include: Clinicians presenting to Young Riders (check schedule), A Horse Cookie Kitchen, Horse Painting, Grooming by CSHA. Horse Shoe Painting and much more. Attendees should check the schedule to see what is happening in the Young Rider Park all three days of the Western States Horse Expo.
  • Breed Revelation will inspire and exhilarate attendees as 14 different breeds of horse will be on hand to show what they can do and how versatile they can be. Some of the breeds that attendees will be able to meet are: Kiger Mustangs, Friesians, Tennessee Walkers, Haflinger, Highland and Fell Ponies, American Mules, Andalusians/ Baroque Horses, Akahal-Teke, Morgan, Peruvian Paso and more. This “attendee favorite” event is truly impressive and should not be missed. Bring your camera!
  • California Cowgirls will be on hand all weekend long demonstrating their amazing drill team skills, exceptional horsemanship and will be hosting an informative Q&A session all three days of the Western States Horse Expo. Do not miss out on their exciting performances.

Press release provided by Horse Expo. For more information, visit https://horsexpo.com.