NEW THIS YEAR: A Youth Showcase will be held on Friday night, March 1st at 5:00 pm. This will be a mini-extravaganza featuring acts such as Mounted Archery, The Esmeralda's & Charro School Mendoza, and Endo the Blind. Popcorn will be provided by Les Schwab Tires. Basic Admission tickets will get you into this event. There will be a "Meet the Clinicians" opportunity once the showcase has concluded. Youth 15 and under will get FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY on Friday, March 1st to the Horse Expo.
Dally & Spanky
Due to circumstances beyond their control, Dally & Spanky (Including Francesca & Tiny Trio) will not be at the Horse Expo. We have added Tator Tot, the Clydesdale, to fill their spot in the Kid's Corral.
The Volcano Ridge Mounted Archers are a non-profit Mounted Archery Club. We operate out of Brush Prairie, Washington at our home range; Arrowhead Acres. This range is the only outdoor Mounted Archery Range of its kind in the Pacific Northwest Area.
Esmeralda's & the Charro School Mendoza
These Young fellows belong to the School of Charreria LOS MENDOZA and they are going to give us a Demonstration of Trick roping in the purest Mexican Style. some of These kids have been practicing since 2016 and range from ages 7 to 21 and differ in level of expertise based on skill and practice time. taught patiently by MANUEL MENDOZA.
mORGAN wagner & ENDO
Internationally known duo Morgan Wagner and Endo, her 17-year old Appaloosa, demonstrate more than riding and liberty - they have mastered the art of teamwork.
You see, Endo is completely blind. Due to painful recurrent uveitis, also known as moon blindness, Endo had to have his eyes removed when he was twelve. Initially Endo had one eye removed, but it became obvious that his second eye would have to be removed as well. Knowing this, Morgan began working with him before he was completely blind. She started switching him to voice commands and blindfolding him while asking him to move forward and trust her. Morgan’s training methods worked so well that they began competing in Working Equitation competitions. Now they compete in Master's Level which is the highest level achievable.
Morgan is now pursuing her dreams as a trainer and instructor, inspiring horse owners to strive to deepen the relationship with their horses, and has started a non-profit to rescue and rehab horses. By fulfilling this passion, the horses she saves “will learn skills that ensure they will always be wanted in someone’s barn, no matter where they end up.”
Don’t miss Morgan and Endo at the WA State Horse Expo. The duo will be presenting demonstrations daily, and welcome visitors to the barn. They will also be performing in the Friday night Youth Showcase and popular Saturday Night Extravaganza.
Watching these two perform, you would never know Endo is blind. They are truly amazing.