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.
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
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.
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.
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.
"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."