Sacramento, CA – March 21, 2012 – The Western States Horse Expo is pleased to announce that world-renowned rider and trainer Bernie Traurig of EquestrianCoach.com has joined the clinician lineup for this year’s event. Based on the American Forward Riding System, Traurig’s EquestrianCoach.com is currently the most important contribution to college equine-education curricula in this 21st century. The Western States Horse Expo is scheduled for June 8-10, 2012 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, CA.
Traurig is a uniquely gifted and rare talent who has excelled in multiple disciplines including equitation, jumpers, hunters, eventing and dressage. As a competitor, Traurig represented the United States Equestrian Team both at home and abroad, and is renowned for his teaching and coaching contributions. He is currently the West Coast’s Associate Chef d’ Equip to George H. Morris, the Chef d’ Equip of the United States Equestrian Foundation’s Show Jumping Team. With 53 years of training, riding techniques and experiences with thousands of horses, Traurig is determined to give back to the sport that has given him so much fulfillment and success.
During the Western States Horse Expo, Traurig will focus on the American Forward System of Riding. “The system of forward riding is three parts: it’s based on the position of the rider, controls of the horse or aids the riders are using and the schooling system for the horse,” he explained. “People still don’t understand the difference between the forward riding system and the classical dressage rider system, which are clearly different. The forward riding system is something that is being taught in the USHJA trainer certification program. It standardizes riding in America so that we come up with a very good basis of teaching here trainers and for riders.”
Traurig added, “The Western States Horse Expo is well established event and it’s sort of local to me on the West Coast. I will be conducting a demonstration clinic, which I like because it’s more for the crowd than the riders. I think we are going to have some really good local riders that are going to help me—we can promote the American Hunter Jumper Forward Riding System.”
Over the past 13 years, Horse Expo Events has established the Western States Horse Expo as the gold standard of equine events. The 2012 Western States Horse Expo takes center stage from June 8-10, 2012 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, CA. In addition to the Magnificent 7, the Project Cowboy – Cowgirls Only, and the Horse Expo Horse Sale during that weekend, there will be several clinicians at the Expo: Chris Cox, Bernie Traurig, Steve Rother, Larry Whitesell, Eitan Beth-Halachmy, David Bodin, Bonnie Davis, Dr. Sue Thompson, Christy Landwehr, Peggy Cummings, Robert M. Miller, DVM. There will also be breed demonstrations, Young Rider Park, Equine Dream Art Show and Book Corral.
EquestrianCoach.com is the leader in equestrian online learning and official educational provider of the United States Hunter Jumper Association, United States Pony Clubs and the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association. For more information please visit www.EquestrianCoach.com.
Photo Credit: Bernie Traurig of EquestrianCoach.com will be a featured clinician at the 2012 Western States Horse Expo. Photo Courtesy of the Client. Photo may only be used in relation to this PMG press release.
WESTERN STATES HORSE EXPO FAST FACTS
WHAT: The Western States Horse Expo is one of the country’s leading equestrian experiences with vendors, events, and clinicians for every horse enthusiast. Over the past 13 years, Horse Expo Events has established the Western States Horse Expo as the gold standard of equine events. Held at the spacious Cal Expo in beautiful Sacramento, CA, from June 8-10, 2012, The Western States Horse Expo offers something for everyone. For more information please visit www.horsexpo.com.
WHEN: June 8-10, 2012
WHERE: Cal Expo Center, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 95815
• Hundreds of Equine Exhibitors and Retailers
• Magnificent 7: A dozen of the nation's top riders convene for an intense one-day riding competition, where one horse and one rider demonstrate their skill and versatility in four events: herd work, rein work, steer stopping and fence work. On Friday night, seven finalists compete for a $25,000.00 purse, and the best horseman will receive the title of Magnificent 7 All-Around Stock Horse Champion.
• Project Cowboy – Cowgirls Only! Presented by the American Quarter Horse Association, is “American Idol” meets “America’s Got Talent” for cowgirls.
• Trail Symposium: Politicians and trail enthusiasts gather to discuss how to keep our horse trails open and maintained, now and in the future, and how to work in harmony with state and federal officials who oversee many of these trails.
• Horse Sale: Trained riding horses and a select section of Cutting bred yearlings and broodmares will be available at auction. Trail horses, cutting horses, cow horses, pleasure riding horses, rope horses, ranch horses, a few select ponies and draft horses; there will be horses for everyone from beginners to experts.
• Breed Demonstrations
• Young Rider Park
• Art Show
• Book Corral
WHO: The exciting clinician lineup includes:
• Chris Cox
• Bernie Traurig
• Steve Rother
• Larry Whitesell
• Eitan Beth-Halachmy
• David Bodin
• Bonnie Davis
• Dr. Sue Thomspon
• Christy Landwehr
• Peggy Cummings
• Robert M. Miller, DVM
Hilton - Sacramento Arden West - 916-922-4700 - www.hilton.com
Courtyard Marriott - Sacramento Cal Expo - 800-321-2211 - Group Code: WSTS
Fairfield Inn Marriott - Sacramento Cal Expo - 800-605-6578 - Group Code: WSTS
For more information and to learn all about the 2012 Horse Expo events, activities, clinicians and presenters, please visit www.horsexpo.com or call 1-800-352-2411.