Niagara Gazette

March 14, 2013

Equifest designed with horselovers in mind

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — A trick riding presentation is among the new offerings at the third annual Equifest, designed to gather horse lovers from around the region to a day full of seminars, shopping and equestrian fun on Sunday.

“We created equifest for the equine enthusiast in Western New York for education,” said Joanne Bonsack of the Western Chapter of the New York State Horse Council. “It’s the first spring event of the year for the horse enthusiasts. It gets us back in the saddle,” she said, “and gets us reconnected with our friends.”

This free, family-friendly event feature some of the area’s top clinicians and trainers in two rings, including Katherine Barbarite of Partnership & Confidence Building Horsemanship and Frank Schlossin, who will teach a clinic on reining and Leah Hunt, who will teach trick riding, and jumping with Andrea Boon and the Houghton College Equestrian Team.

There will be over 100 vendors displaying an array of merchandise, and new this year, a “Family Fun Corral” with hands-on, kid and teen friendly games and projects.

The event will be held at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Pkwy, Hamburg. For a full event schedule, visit the website at

IF YOU GO • WHAT: WNY Horse Equifest 2013 EQUIFEST 2013 • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday • WHERE: Showplex Arena, Hamburg Fairground, 5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg • MORE INFO: Visit