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Horse Expo gets good start

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By Dwane Wilder

A small but enthusiastic crowd of horse lovers attended the inaugural Tennessee Equine Expo on Saturday at the East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center at  Roane State Community College.
Eight different horse specialists were on hand to demonstrate their talents at the outdoor arena.
Expo organizer Bill Anderson estimates around 500 people attended the daylong event.
“We got started late on  this event, but we thought we’d go ahead and get one under our belt,” Anderson said. “I really feel like we can fill this place.”
Saturday’s highlights included lectures and demonstrations by equine dentist Dr. Ruedi Steiger from Knoxville, European warm blood specialist Lisha Marshall from Harriman, expert horse handler Steve Campbell from Knox County, horse movement specialist Brandy McDonnell, and Mangalarga Marchadors specialists Mark Waugh and Lorrie Beevers.
The expo was held in conjunction with a paint horse show held at the indoor arena.
Anderson has already scheduled the next Tennessee Equine Expo for Sept. 21-22, 2013. That event will be held in conjunction with an open horse show.
“The whole idea is to bring information to people — from the first-time horse buyer to someone wanting to go into shows — and finding resources,” said Diane Cox of the Expo Center staff.
Anderson is pleased with the feedback from folks that attended Saturday’s event.
“Anytime you can walk around and everybody says they had a good time and learned a lot of useful things, you can feel good about it,” he said.