Feb 28, 2017 Comments Off
When they hear the phrase “Can-Am” horse enthusiasts throughout southern Ontario and adjacent regions in the United States immediately think of the great equine extravaganza that takes place every year in early spring. Scheduled this year for March 31 to April 2 at the historic Markham Fairgrounds, the Can-Am All-Breed Equine Expo draws together experts from the many disciplines that make up the world of horses, as well as vendors with products and services that should appeal to riders and followers of the various breeds and passionate fans for whom the weekend represents both an escape from urban life and a venture into the very best that the horse industry has to offer.
The Can-Am Equine Expo is all about what people want. First and foremost, the show addresses the needs of horse owners and riders —much of it in the form of vital up-to-date information about industry standards, training techniques, health concerns, and even advances in specialty fields such as photography. Featured this year are several exciting specialists with impressive resumes who are new to Can-Am as well as others who are attending for much-anticipated return appearances. They include; Belinda Trussell, best known for her prowess in dressage on the world stage at the Olympic Games, the World Cup, the World Equestrian Games, the European Championships, and the Pan American Games; and Danny Foster, the illustrious show jumper and course designer. Kateri Cowley, one of the most sensational cowgirls going, demonstrates her skills at breaking a horse throughout the Can-Am weekend. Russell Guire of Centaur Biomechanics returns to give spectators a first-hand look at his expertise in horse-and-rider performance. Can-Am is graced also to have thoroughbred makeover champion Lindsey Partridge (of Harmony Horsemanship), photographer Shawn Hamilton (of Clix Photography), balanced-horse expert Pat Cleveland and Lorie Duff, an expert in Liberty training.
Special attention should be given to Can-Am’s celebrated annual Evening Extravaganza, to be held this year on both the Friday and Saturday nights. Starring Bobby Kerr, the renowned horsemanship trainer and entertainer, the show will feature his very well-trained Mustangs, dogs, and an assortment of other exciting acts. In addition, the Ontario Xtreme Cowboys will go through the paces of a spectacular sport that challenges both horse and rider to maneuver through a series of intricate obstacles. Along with exciting events such as Battle of the Breeds, trick riding and roping, this non-stop variety show offers a perfect way to unwind after a jam-packed day of shopping and attending Can-Am’s presentations and clinics. A dazzling display of equine versatility, the show brings into clear focus the power of horses to amaze and entertain. As a special treat for fans of the hit CBC series, Heartland, actress Alisha Newton (“Georgie”) will co-host on Saturday night. She will also engage in an entertaining question-and-answer session on Sunday afternoon.
Can-Am, for all its innovative zeal and informative state-of-the-art, all-encompassing approach to the many equine disciplines, remains at all times true to its origins and mandate to enhance the value and significance of the equine industry in Canada through education, awareness, and trade. The show combines comforting, reliable and well-known attractions even as it strives to renew itself annually with a full slate of new features. As always, this year’s Can-Am is a perfect entertainment and educational forum for long-time followers and newcomers alike. For more information visit about the show visit: canamequine.ca