Northwest Horse Fair & Expo
The 2018 NorthWest Horse Fair & Expo kicked off on March 22nd, 2018 and our awesome volunteers were ready! Using the experience and passion of Sue Thompson, Region 4 had a table in the expo hall, manned all 3 days by amateurs who love Arabian and half Arabian horses. This year we had lots of fun items to share with everyone, including materials from AHA’s marketing and promotion department, as well as materials that were generously created by Amy Pike and funded by Gretchen Love, who both share a passion for promoting our wonderful horses.
Our booth had 2 brand new banners featuring local horses, riders, and enthusiasts in a variety of activities, such as trail riding, showing, and participating in mountain trail. Many people passing by the booth recognized horses or riders from these posters from other events held throughout last year. It was great for our volunteers to be able to connect with others in this way, by sharing local horses and riders that one might see at a trail ride or one day show.
We also this year made a “one stop resource” brochure, listing all Discovery Farms, Lesson Programs, breeders, and T.A.I.L. programs in Oregon and Idaho. This brochure was popular and an easy tool for volunteers to use, helping people get connected to programs and horses near them. We are looking forward to continuing to develop and utilize this brochure in the future.
In 2019 we are hoping to be able to bring horses to share with people. Many people stopped by the booth asking why we did not have horses this year, and were excited to hear that we are hoping to have them back with us next year. There is certainly excitement in the community for seeing our horses in action, and being able to meet them up close. This event is a way to help address some of the myths that surround our breed! Some plans are in the works to include booth activities for kids in 2019, and potentially even some fun giveaway items like stickers, water bottles, and books featuring Arabian horses.
As always, these promotional events would not happen without volunteers, and Region 4 would like to thank them for their generosity and passion for our horses.