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A Diverse Range of Topics, Expertise and Inspiration all Weekend Long!

Anna Blake - Horse advocate, trainer, international clinician, and award-winning author, Anna Blake's powerful, live demonstrations shed light on the mystery and magic of the Power of the Horse.

Location - Horse Exhibit Barn and Corral - North end of the fairgrounds.

Saturday, September 17 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Calming Signals (a live demonstration!)

If you are standing next to a horse and they look away, do you think they're distracted or even disrespectful? When a horse yawns, are they sleepy or bored? If they move slowly, are they lazy?  Maybe you have a reactive horse who seems to spook all the time. Calming Signals are the body language of horses; it’s the way they communicate with the world. Most of us want a better partnership with our horse, but no one tells us how to do it. We want to listen better, but what are we supposed to be listening for? The understanding of Calming Signals is fundamental to understanding horses. 


Is this presentation for me?  Whether you have a life that’s deeply involved with horses or are simply interested in gaining some insight into this magnificent animal, this demonstration is for you! 


Sunday, September 18 

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Affirmative Training: The Fine Art of Saying Yes (a live demonstration!)     

It’s time to update those old-school techniques. This demo marries the current brain science of how horses think and learn with affirmative training techniques. We’ll train the rider a forward-thinking philosophy and nonviolent techniques that pair clarity and kindness, resulting in a responsive partnership and focus on encouraging confidence and connection for both horse and rider. Affirmative Training is the art of understanding each unique horse. 


Is this presentation for me?  This mini-clinic and demonstration has much to offer whether you’re a beginning to advanced rider or are just curious about the potential for positive relationships between humans and domesticated horses. 

Stay tuned, more to come soon!

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Questions? Comments?

Contact Fair Coordinators Kaitlyn Hettinger at or Meara Hill at

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