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Annual stallion rendezvous set for Saturday

Fair, open house to feature horses, tack, buggies

On Saturday, area horse lovers have the opportunity to network and see a wide variety of horses at the fifth annual Stallion Showcase.

Organizer Margo Mossburg said, “This is an old-fashioned horse fair and open house.”

The event will be held at Lady Raven Stables and is free and open to the public. Horse entries from three states include Morgans, Arabians, Welsh ponies and mini stallions. In addition, Mossburg said attendees will get to take a look at rare-breed curly horses.

Used tack and buggies will be available for purchase, and eight vendors will be on hand selling pet related items. A local 4-H group is using the event as a fundraiser and will sell refreshments and offer assistance to exhibitors.

While this isn’t a formal show, many exhibitors have registered their horses for play day classes. The classes include halter, English and Western riding, and driving. These events offer great practice for both horse and rider and are audience favorites.

This year, the Stallion Showcase features two horse rescue operations: Shepherd’s Way from Springdale and Rough Start Horse Rescue from Spokane. “They’ll be bringing some horses in need of homes, so bring your trailer if you’re looking,” Mossburg advised.

Folks from Shepherd’s Way will teach a free mini-clinic about horse rescue during tough economic times.

“Horse people love this sale,” said Mossburg. “It’s the only all-breed open house for our region and it’s the last chance to network before the weather hits.”

However, horses won’t be the only animals at the Showcase. Dachshund Rescue NW will bring several adoption-ready dogs. The group will also sponsor a Happy Halloweenie Costume Contest for small breed dogs. The entry fee for the costume contest is $5 per dog and all dogs must be leashed.

Mossburg laughed. “It really is a dog and pony show!”



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