VT’s Everything Equine Continues to GrowExperts & More Entertainment Highlight “Versatile Horse”Exhibitor & Vendor Space Available for Two-Day ShowESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. — One of the largest equine educational events in New England continues to grow as plans are finalized for the 2007 Everything Equine show on April 28-29 at Champlain Valley Exposition (CVE).Part educational event, part consumer trade show and part social get-together for New England and New York horse lovers – Everything Equine is a valuable resource for everyone in the equine industry to get the latest health and equine care information through some 60 seminars and demonstrations. Advance discount tickets go on sale March 1 at a variety of outlets.The 2007 theme is “The Versatile Horse,” and organizers plan to highlight the impact horse owners have on the state’s economy and the many ways horses are used from sport to work. In the past, organizers say, Everything Equine itself has generated approximately $2 million dollars in economic impact to Vermont and the region.It’s a premier venue for businesses and organizations serving the equine industry in Vermont and New England. Space is still available for the April 28-29 weekend show that is expected to attract upwards of 8,000 people. For information about being an exhibitor, call Susan Petrie at (802) 878-5545, email email@example.com(link sends e-mail) or visit http://cvexpo.org/eevendors.aspx(link is external)Another great value of the show is the many opportunities for hands-on experiences and training with top experts from across the country. There is much to learn for those new to horses and those with years of experience from the Equine Extension programs and publications available at the event. Leading this year’s stable of national experts is Lynn Palm, a renowned competitor, trainer and instructor with dozens of World and Reserve World Championships.The annual “Horsin’ Around” Variety Show also offers horse enthusiasts a way to see horses in action. Two shows on Saturday are planned, 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Admission is separate for the variety show and tickets are limited.Another new feature this year is the Sunday afternoon Stallion Service Auction to benefit the Vermont 4-H Horse programs. The stud services of about 10 top-of-breed stallions will be auctioned and all the stallions are expected to be on-site for the show.The all-indoor show is open Saturday, April 28 from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, April 29 from 9 am to 4 pm. Advance discount tickets will be available on March 1. Tickets are $6, day of show $8. A two-day pass is available for $12. Children under 5 are free with an adult. Call 802-878-5545 or visit www.cvexpo.org(link is external) for ticket locations and information on group sales.Tickets are available at Guys Farm and Yard in Morrisville, Williston and Montpleier, Tony’s Tack Shop in Essex Junction, Shearer Chevrolet in South Burlington, Adirondack Tack in Plattsburgh, NY, The Horse Works and by calling (802) 878-5545.”The original intent of this event was to bring together the equine community — all breeds and all disciplines — to make a positive impact on education, agriculture, and the state economy,” explained Tom Oddy, CVE’s director of special events. “I think in just a few years we have accomplished that and so much more.”Recognition of Everything Equine’s success came with two major awards in 2006. “In December, we received the ‘2006 Non-Fair Agricultural Event of the Year’ from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions” Award of Excellence program, sponsored by John Deere. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce also named Everything Equine to its 2007 “Top Ten Vermont Event” list, based on the success of the 2006 event and its potential for growth,” Oddy noted.One of the events founders, University of Vermont Equine Extension Specialist Betsy Greene, recalled that when Everything Equine was originally conceived three years ago, they hoped for 1,000 attendees. Nearly five times that attended in the first year and within three years attendance topped 7,500 in 2006.”Growing attendance and our recent awards demonstrate the benefits of the community partnership between Champlain Valley Exposition, UVM Extension, 4-H, private business and other non-profit organization all working together as key stakeholders,” Oddy said.Everything Equine HighlightsFor 2007, a full line-up of nationally-known experts will provide information about equine health, training and driving, saddle fitting, dentistry, alternative therapies, emergency aid and more.Seminar topics range from nutrition, health to equine reproduction. There are workshops on spring tune-up: conditioning tips, using music in training and how to turn your horse hobby into a viable business.There will even be a series of seminars aimed at helping the first-time or novice horse owner get off to successful start. During the two-day show exhibitors will display their latest equipment, nutrition supplements, and equine-related supplies.Meanwhile, over in the seminar rooms and Poulin Grain Horse Arena and Purina Mills Demonstration Pen, horse-lovers will have a chance to see everything from jumping demonstrations to a live, endoscopic exam performed by Dr. Philip D. van Harreveld, DVM.A perennial star of the show — Hollywood screenwriter John Fusco’s superstar horse, Oscar – who played “Hidalgo” in the Disney movie of the same name — will be back again this year. There will be autographed photos and a chance to meet Oscar and other Colonial Spanish Mustangs brought to the show by trainer, Stephanie Lockhart of Stowe, Vt.One of the big hits of Everything Equine has been the Vermont Horse Council’s (VHC) annual equine variety show, “Horsin’ Around.” Lynn Dow of VHC brought together 13 acts for the sold-out show last year. Organizers added a second show on Saturday afternoon to meet the demand for tickets this year. Proceeds benefit the VHC to further activities in the Vermont equine community. Shows will be at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Purchasing advance tickets ($14 for the matinee includes Equine show admission and $10 for the evening show) is encouraged.Among the returning highlights expected this year at “Horsin’ Around” – the 16-horse drill team from Pond Hill Ranch Pro Rodeo in Castleton, Vt., miniature horses, draft horses and everything in between during the 90-minute show.And everyone is wondering how the Perry Family of Brownington, Vt., will top last year’s act when Neal Perry dressed as Darth Vader and rode into the ring on his Morgan stallion Chadwick’s Benjamin to battle his 10-year-old son, Spencer, dressed as Luke Skywalker. The phrase, “Use the horse, Luke,” came to mind for Star Wars fans in the bleachers as the father and son battled with light sabers.On Sunday, April 29, the Vermont State 4-H Foundation will hold a stallion service auction. As of mid-February, the services of a Morgan, Canadian, American Paint Horse and a Bashkir Curly have been donated. Details are available at http://cvexpo.org/stallions.aspx(link is external)The auction will raise funds for 4-H in Vermont, and in particular the 4-H Horse Project, which has 85 horse clubs and more than 900 members in the state.The auctioneer is Louise Moon Rosalie. “The bidding should be brisk and to add to the excitement of the day, each stallion will be on site during the auction,” said Kurt Reichelt, the UVM Extension’s auction organizer.Also new this year, on-site camping for recreational vehicles will be available.Impact on the EconomyUVM Extension’s Greene is thrilled by the growing attendance and enthusiasm shown at Everything Equine. “The combined strengths of UVM Extension, the Exposition, and Vermont horse businesses and equine industry experts from the region make this one of the top shows in the Northeast.,” she said.”It was evident that people who are passionate and focused on their animals really find what they come looking for during the weekend,” Greene said. “We bring together horse-related businesses, riding clubs and industry experts under one roof.It makes for a great weekend, especially for someone thinking about getting a horse who wants to talk with hobbyists, professionals and serious competitors about ‘everything equine,'” she added.”Everything Equine” is sponsored by University of Vermont Extension, Poulin Grain, Inc., Purina Mills, Guys Farm and Yard, Shearer GMC & Shearer Chevrolet, Blue Seal Feeds, Inc., Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar, The Equine Journal, The Horse Works, Tony’s Tack Shop, Nutrena and Champlain Valley Exposition.Champlain Valley Exposition is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote agriculture, education, entertainment and commerce for Vermonters. Learn more at www.cvexpo.org(link is external).
Our May 2014 issue is hitting newsstands this week.And while we really hope you are able to pick up a copy for free at your local outdoor specialty shop, here’s a look at our May Festival Guide issue online to get you pumped up for summer.To kick it off, we’ve got an exclusive introduction by our editor-in-chief Will Harlan with an excerpt from his new book, Untamed, which took him 20 years to create and will be front and center and Barnes and Nobles nationwide.And, we’re sure you’ll be happy to know that our annual Festival Guide is now live and on its way to doorsteps across the Blue Ridge region.Readers face off on the issue of taxes funding bikeways and pay-to-play bike parks; and travel editor Jess Daddio takes a deeper look into the life of Bill Harris, who lives beside — and protects — the Virginia Creeper Trail. She also participates in an epic highline adventure in North Carolina’s Linville Gorge — one of the first of its kind in the Blue Ridge.And speaking of our travel editor … Jess just departed our office here in Virginia for a year-long road trip we’ve dubbed Live Outside And Play. You can follow her adventures on her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well as on her project-specific blog. Stay on the lookout for her photos and stories as she gets acquainted to her new mobile outdoor life, based out of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee and a Sylvan Sport Go camper-trailer all summer long.Now take your own digital spin around our latest issue and let us know what you think on Facebook.DEPARTMENTSEditor’s Note: The Wildest Woman in AmericaFlashpoint: Pay more in taxes to fund bikeways?Bill Harris Protects His Backyard Virginia Creeper TrailQuick Hits: Outdoor NewsFEATURESCan bikes save the world?Atlanta’s Beltline Trail2014 Festival GuideHashing: Drinkers with a running problem Highlining in the Linville GorgeBehold, More Beer!Top Festival Gear PicksFifty Festivals You Might Not Know AboutBands to Catch on the Southern Festival CircuitAnd more!
Inside the luxurious kitchen.She would at least have had an indoor pool, hot tub, ice bath, sauna, gym, billiards room and bar to work through the stresses of the day.“What inspired me for the huge benchtops was the kitchen in the MasterChef house where we stayed,” Ms Moreno said.“It had six metre benches and I loved them.“What was important was that everything was organised and in proximity to my working bench space.“My utilities draw, my oven. I have an integrated dishwasher, two warming doors for entertaining, a steam oven, two fridges, and there’s an integrated bar fridge at the end of both benches.“I have a storage room and a cold room that’s about 4m x 3m inside with four big shelves.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThere is a drop-down screen and projector in the pool room so you can watch movies while you swim.Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty agent Tyson Clarke is selling the five-bedroom property by private tender and said he has never seen a home kitchen like this one.“It’s got 6.1m ceilings too,” he said. The cinema room.The mother-of two directed her post-show culinary skills to helping parents create a healthy food culture at home. MasterChef finalist Sandra Moreno (right) hosting cooking classes for parents in 2010 as part of a government grant to tackle child obesity. Picture: Jeff Camden. She is now studying interior design and moving on to a new career as a property developer.Her house will be listed on realestate.com.au on Monday. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK The kitchen and living area at 34 Mareeba Rd, Ashgrove.ONE of Queensland’s first MasterChef contestants is selling her Ashgrove home and it comes with a showstopping designer kitchen. The kitchen has two 6m long island benches. “I have a passion for cooking and being a contestant in MasterChef made me want to develop a huge kitchen where I could have everything I wanted,” Ms Moreno said. The renovated house and extension at 34 Mareeba Rd, Ashgrove took 18 months to complete.Sandra Moreno spent 11 weeks in the MasterChef universe and was one of the final 10 contestants in 2009. Sandra Moreno (right) with fellow season one Queensland MasterChef contestant Geni Papacostas.If she’d been preparing 600 canapes for an A-list crowd in the kitchen of 34 Mareeba Rd, Ashgrove, with dual island benches, a walk-in scullery and cold storage room, she might have won the elimination challenge in the hit Channel 10 reality cooking show. Brisbane home values on the rise MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Island’s lighthouse couple revealed
The USC beach volleyball team won the NCAA National Championship on May 7, beating Pepperdine 3-2 to clinch the program’s third consecutive national title.The No. 1 ranked Trojans had been dominant all year, finishing with a 38-1 record, so it was no surprise they found themselves in Gulf Shores, Ala. last weekend, looking to defend their back-to-back national championships. USC carried its regular-season momentum into the National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship, running rampant through the competition. Facing the top programs in the nation, the Trojans were flawless, and they swept South Carolina, Hawaii and Pepperdine to earn a spot in the final.But for the first time since their sole loss of the season against UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship, the Trojans faced major adversity in their rematch against Pepperdine. The first dual of the final matchup went in favor of Pepperdine’s Deahna Kraft and Anika Wilson, who downed the young pair of sophomore Abril Bustamante and freshman Joy Dennis. The Trojans responded quickly, as juniors Jenna Belton and and Jo Kremer dispensed of their competition 21-18, 21-15.With the two teams tied at 1-1, Pepperdine’s Brittany Howard and Corinne Quiggle regained the Waves’ advantage with a tough three-set victory over seniors Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler. The seesawing affair continued with the Trojans’ decorated senior pair of Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes winning another tightly contested three-set dual, evening the match at two wins apiece.Both teams were set for a deciding final matchup with the National Championship on the line. It was up to junior Terese Cannon and senior Nicolette Martin to notch a win over Pepperdine’s Skylar Caputo and Heidi Dyer and bring home another national title. After capturing the first set 21-19, the Trojan pair dropped the second 18-21, setting up a dramatic final frame in an already razor-thin final.But the Trojans were able to seize the moment, as Cannon and Martin won the title-clinching set 15-13, giving USC 104 all-time NCAA team championships. For seniors Kelly Claes, Sophie Bukovec, Allie Wheeler, Sara Hughes and Nicolette Martin — who made up head coach Anna Collier’s first recruiting class — the win over Pepperdine marked their third national championship in four years at USC.“They came in and pretty much set the tone from the beginning,” Collier said. “From the moment they were sophomores, they took control of the situation and started building a team culture. They improved so much in volleyball, but more than that, they became a unit.”Collier refers to the group as the “Fab Five,” and on Sunday, the senior class solidified its legacy in USC history, giving the Trojans their 20th NCAA championship in women’s sports.“It came down to those last two points,” Claes said. “It was just an unreal feeling — I’m on cloud nine right now. I’m just so proud of all these girls and the fight that all of us had.”To wrap up a season full of silverware, the Trojans had three pairs selected to the all-tournament team, including Claes and Hughes, who were named the top overall pair. Cannon and Martin were honored as the No. 3 pair, with Bustamante and Dennis following just behind in No. 4.