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The Hoof Beat January 2007

The 2nd Annual State of the Horse Convention at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center

Photos courtesy of Steve and Carol Ford

Burbank, Calfornia--The 2nd Annual "State of the Horse" Trails Congress & Convention was held Saturday January 27th, 2007 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Despite stormy conditions, several hundred attended the all day event. The morning session was highlighted by a bevy of speakers commenting on "The Impact of the Horse Industry." Among the participants were Nancy Cole of The Equestrian News, Dr. Mylon Filkins, American Horse Council, and representatives from various state, county and city governmental agencies.

The afternoon program included presentations in the equidome by several equestrian groups including the Compton Jr. Posse, Ladies of the War Horse and Valley View Vaulters. Los Angeles City Council Members Wendy Greuel and Tom LaBonge were present to offer encouragement and to meet the crowd. We had dozens of vendors present selling their wares to distributing information on their groups.

The event was cosponsored by Valley Horse Owners Association, Los Angeles Trails Project, War Horse Militaria Heritage Foundation and "New Heaven on Earth Ranch." A raffle was held with the highlight being a western saddle donated by Champion Turf Equipment, valued at $3,000, being won by Royan Herman.

The Los Angeles Equestrian Center was kind enough to donate the use of not only their banquet room but the equidome as well. Much information was exchanged and everyone had a good time. The 3rd Annual State of the Horse is scheduled for March 2008 at the Los Angeles Pierce College Equestrian Center. If you would like further information please call 818 470-5235.

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