Annual Bluebonnet Horse Expo
The Bluebonnet Horse Expo is a day full of horses: learning, shopping, adopting and more! The 2012 Bluebonnet Horse Expo includes riding and training clinics with Austin Dressage Unlimited, Sue De Laurentis, Meredith Duggar, Aaron England, Jere Johnson, Dan Keen, Jack Lieser, Lone Star Vaulters, Charlotte Morris, Lindsey Scofield, Kaylon Sullins, Dr. Mary Traverse, Anne Van Dyke, Joe Weitekamp, Dena Wilks, and Trey Young. The event offers plenty of shopping with a horse-themed Art Auction, tack sale, live auction of saddles and other equipment, and vendor area.
Attendees will get the chance to meet approximately 50-60 horses, donkeys and mules who are available for adoption through Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. Twenty of those horses will be showing off their training and skills in the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge event that runs from 8am until 1:15pm. The Training Challenge is a competition in which professional trainers and foster homes have ninety days to work with a rescue horse. They then compete over an obstacle course and in a freestyle event. Prizes are awarded in four categories: Professional Trainer, Foster Horse Under Saddle, Foster Horse in Hand, and Youth. More Bluebonnet horses will strut their stuff in the main arena at 2:00pm for the Meet the Bluebonnet Horses Parade. Pre-approved adopters will qualify for adoption fee discounts and may take their new horses home from the Expo while new adopters will have the chance to apply to adopt and reserve the horse(s) they want to take home.
This year’s Bluebonnet Horse Expo will be held October 20th at the Travis County Expo Center. The Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge Competition will be held in the outdoor arena and opens at 8am. The inside demonstrations start at 9am and the sale area and vendors area opens at the same time.
BEHS needs help to make this a successful event. The organization is currently seeking:
· Event Sponsors – Sponsorships start at just $25 and the organization offers varying benefits depending on the sponsorship level.
· Vendors – Vendor space starts at $50 and gives all vendors access to hundreds of horse lovers.
· Tack and other horse-related items – The rescue needs new and gently used tack, farm and ranch items, and horse and ranchthemed jewelry and home décor for a live auction, silent auction and sale area. All donations are tax-deductible.
Proceeds from the event benefit the horses of Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, a nonprofit equine welfare organization that helps starving and abused horses across Texas.
Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of equines by educating and helping owners, assisting law enforcement agencies, rehabilitating abused and neglected equines, and placing them into safe, permanent homes. With the on-going drought and economic hardships, BEHS has been overwhelmed with calls about starving horses throughout Texas. The Bluebonnet Horse Expo will be BEHS’s major fundraiser for the year, and will directly impact the number of horses they will be able to help in the future.