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article imageAtlantic Horse Fair thrills horse lovers of all ages Special

By Lynn Curwin     May 2, 2012 in World
Visitors had the opportunity to see beautiful horses, learn to ride and understand horses better, shop for a variety of items, and even ride a mechanical bull when they took in the Atlantic Horse Fair in Nova Scotia.
The fair was held at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds in Bible Hill over a two-day period.
Clinics, seminars and demonstrations covering topics such as horse management, training and shoeing were part of the event.
Hinchinbrook Farm Society provided a demonstration on the Horse Boy method of working with autistic children. Horses are part of this therapeutic program which helps disabled children in many areas. The entire family is involved when the Horse Boy method is used.
A child goes for a ride on one of the horses who work in the Horse Boy method  which Hinchinbrook Fa...
A child goes for a ride on one of the horses who work in the Horse Boy method, which Hinchinbrook Farm uses to help autistic children.
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Top riders in some disciplines were on hand to run clinics. This included a hunter-jumper clinic with Angela-Covert Lawrence, a barrel clinic with Marci Powell and a reining clinic with Travis Smith.
Gordie McCabe and his horse complete a run in the barrel clinic.
Gordie McCabe and his horse complete a run in the barrel clinic.
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Angela Covert-Lawrence provides instruction during a hunter-jumper clinic.
Angela Covert-Lawrence provides instruction during a hunter-jumper clinic.
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Travis Smith warms up in the outdoor ring before putting on a very entertaining reining clinic.
Travis Smith warms up in the outdoor ring before putting on a very entertaining reining clinic.
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There was a horse whisperer (Su Burnett), a veterinarian speaking on equine dentistry (Dr Trevor Lawson), shoeing demonstrations (with Jack Zeggelaar and Mike Spence) where spectators were able to ask questions.
Jack Zeggelaar and Mike Spence provided information on hoof care and shoeing.
Jack Zeggelaar and Mike Spence provided information on hoof care and shoeing.
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Yan Mowatt, an experienced dog trainer who operates Little Moe's K9 Academy, provided demos and information on canine training and Roz Moskovits, of Heartstone Equestrian, spoke on equine care.
A parade of breeds allowed visitors to see a variety of breeds in the ring.
The Haflinger was one of the breeds represented in the parade.
The Haflinger was one of the breeds represented in the parade.
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Some people decided to take a ride on something other than a horse, trying out the mechanical bull.
The fair provided attendees with a great opportunity to shop for their horses, their dogs, themselves and family members. They could also visit booths to learn about adopting standardbred horses who are being retired from racing, and greyhounds who have retired from the track. Horses race locally but greyhounds are brought up from tracks in the US.
Kyna Porteous and one of the retired greyhounds check one another out.
Kyna Porteous and one of the retired greyhounds check one another out.
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Art work by Reg Corkum was on display and for sale at the fair.
Art work by Reg Corkum was on display and for sale at the fair.
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"I think the show was great this year," said Amber MacPherson. "I learned some things that I think will make me a better rider and did some shopping, and I had a lot of fun."
Driver Ben Hollingsworth chats with some of the visitors to Standardbred Canada s I Love Canadian Ha...
Driver Ben Hollingsworth chats with some of the visitors to Standardbred Canada's I Love Canadian Harness Racing booth.
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Fred Hamilton took one of his Belgian horses into the ring for the parade of breeds.
Fred Hamilton took one of his Belgian horses into the ring for the parade of breeds.
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Sabrina Bauer and her three-year-old sport horse Anuska took part in the parade of breeds for the se...
Sabrina Bauer and her three-year-old sport horse Anuska took part in the parade of breeds for the second year.
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Ron Wallace was one of those who had miniature horses at the fair.
Ron Wallace was one of those who had miniature horses at the fair.
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A Dutch partridge dog was involved in some training around crowds during the fair.
A Dutch partridge dog was involved in some training around crowds during the fair.
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Krista Anne Lee and her paint Pogo.
Krista Anne Lee and her paint Pogo.
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Clydesdales were also represented in the parade of breeds.
Clydesdales were also represented in the parade of breeds.
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Danny Boy  a standardbred  showed the versatility of his breed during the show.
Danny Boy, a standardbred, showed the versatility of his breed during the show.
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