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Equine Affaire® Massachusetts to Again Present Three Spectacular Nights of the Fantasia, sponsored by Absorbine®


West Springfield, MA (July 24, 2017) It’s the kind of news that makes a horse lover’s heart sing.  Once again Equine Affaire® is pleased to confirm three consecutive nights, November 9-11, of its blockbuster “musical celebration of the horse” known and loved as the Fantasia at the Eastern States Exposition in W. Springfield, MA.  The Fantasia is a choreographed spectacle of showmanship that never fails to leave Standing Room Only audiences singing along to musical scores from country to classical to contemporary, and leaving with full hearts and renewed conviction in the beauty, nobility, strength and devotion of the horses and ponies that share our lives.


From the exhilarating derring-do of Bobby Kerr and his mustangs to mesmerizing Lusitanos taking flight in airs above the ground, the theatrical showmanship of Pirate-costumed Friesians, and the natural beauty of horses performing at liberty with world-renowned trainer and entertainer Sylvia Zerbini, the 2017 Fantasia will be a two-hour feast for the senses that will be the perfect way to cap off a day of shopping at the largest all-horse trade show of its kind and taking in Equine Affaire’s array of educational forums, clinics and demonstrations.


Historically drawing sold-out crowds nightly to the Eastern States Exposition’s historic Coliseum, the Fantasia is the equestrian entertainment cornerstone of Equine Affaire.  The show is again generously underwritten by Absorbine®, aka the W.F. Young Company, which was founded in 1892 in nearby East Longmeadow by Mary Ida and Wilbur Young as they developed a humane method of treating lameness in their own beloved horses. Absorbine® celebrates its own milestone this season with 125 years of caring for animals.


The Fantasia will start nightly at 8:00pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with doors opening at 7:15pm. Tickets are just $14 to $25 and are available online at or by contacting Equine Affaire. Advance tickets are on sale through November 7; any remaining tickets are then available for purchase at Equine Affaire starting at 9:00am, Thursday, November 9, at the Information Booth in the Better Living Center.


Bookmark for upcoming announcements about the 2017 Fantasia celebrity guests and performers, as well as updates about all of Equine Affaire’s speakers, seminars and demonstrations. As always, Equine Affaire in W. Springfield, MA, will host 100’s of retailers (just in time for the holidays) for the largest horse-related trade show on the East Coast; plus an engaging and often hands-on Breed Pavilion; Horse & Farm Exhibits; Equine Fundamentals Forums; and popular Versatile Horse & Rider Competition. Find complete event schedules, ticket information, and discounts to Equine Affaire host hotels at  Or contact Equine Affaire’s friendly staff of fellow horse people at (740) 845-0085 from 9:00am-5:00pm ET for personal assistance.

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Youth of the Year Qualification Rule Change

Youth of the Year Contest Qualification Rule Change

March 29th, 2017

The Youth Council voted unanimously to change the way youth contestants qualify for the Grand National Youth of the Year Contest at their local level contest. Instead of only the winner of the local contest qualifying for the Grand National, now any contestant who scores over 800 points at their local contest will be qualified for the Grand National Youth of the Year Contest! This means there could be more than one youth representing their local show at the Grand National thus making the Youth of the Year Contests more inclusive! AMHA is very pleased by this change and looks forward to seeing the number of Youth of the Year contestants increasing.  

Youth Contest Coordinators please note: You must now report all contestants who score over 800 points to Katie Hodges at AMHA when turning in your Contest Report Form (instead just reporting the winner and reserve).

If you have any questions about Youth Contests or qualifying for the Grand National Youth of the Year Contest, please contact Katie Hodges at (802) 985-4944 ext. 401 or

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The Stephen Nava Distinguished Service Award & The Stephen Nava Memorial Grant 


Fred and Stephen


Due to the wonderful support from so many people, the New England Morgan Horse Association in conjunction with the New England Morgan Horse Show Committee is working to ensure we remember Stephen with all the love and enthusiasm he brought to the Morgan community.  

The New England Morgan Horse Show is proud to announce the creation of two awards:

1.     Each year NEMS will be awarding the Stephen Nava Distinguished Service Award. This will be given to a young adult who has given of their time and talent to the New England Morgan Horse Show or the Morgan industry.


2.     The second is a Grant that will be awarded to a young adult who is looking to further themselves in a non-traditional secondary education.  Trade school, internship, specialty programs, workshops.  They might enjoy and love the Morgan Horse but do not have to be an active participant, but some family member does.  Ann Anderson is heading up this committee. They are working on the particulars that best fit Stephen’s personality and the family’s wishes.  

If you would like to send along a donation to support these awards, please forward to:

c/o Linda Burke 435 Middle Road 
Horseheads, NY 14845 


Earn points towards year end awards, participate in clinics sponsored by NEMHA throughout the year, as well as supporting your club! 

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