AQHA Teams with Pennsylvania to Bring Horses to the Public

Amarillo, Texas -  American Quarter Horse Association teams with The Pennsylvania State University and the AQHA state affiliate, Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association (PQHA), to bring American Quarter Horses and equine education to the general public during the Equine Experience at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, August 20-22.

AQHA and the Equine Experience will host unique horse performances and educate visitors about horse ownership, management and horsemanship skills. Designed to appeal to all levels of horse enthusiasts, the event will highlight new activities as well as popular attractions from the past.

The program features the AQHA 4aHorse Test Ride and AQHA's educational venue, which will include demonstrations and seminars from equine experts. The "test rides" will give interested patrons an opportunity to saddle up an American Quarter Horse and take the horse for a spin. The "test ride" program is a part of the Association's fast-growing 4aHorse program, a comprehensive source for horse-related referrals and equine education. The program educates interested people about the equine industry and provides referrals for breeders, trainers, riding instructors, horse vacations and health and maintenance tips for horses. AQHA members and PQHA members in the surrounding area will provide the American Quarter Horses for the "test rides."

"We're delighted to give horse enthusiasts in the Pennsylvania area a chance to ride American Quarter Horses,î said Bill Brewer, AQHAís Executive Vice President. Ag Progress Days gives AQHA a chance to bring together the regionís top horse experts in a single place.Pat Comerford, Penn State Extension Horse Specialist, also urges everyone to come out and give an American Quarter Horse a test ride and learn more about horses!

Equine admirers of all levels, from potential first-time owners to horse professionals, can benefit from the seminars and programs the Equine Experience provides. The event safely introduces the public to horses while spotlighting Pennsylvania's horse industry and the Penn State Equine Science Program.

AQHA highlights the week's activities with an American Quarter Horse versatility demonstration on Wednesday, August. 21. On Thursday, August 22, PQHA, Penn State and 4-H will kick off an Equine Skillathon at 11 a.m. The skillathon allows young equestrians to demonstrate their knowledge and horsemanship skills through a written test, identification stations and a showmanship competition.

Penn State's Ag Progress Days features more than 500 acres of educational and commercial exhibits, tours and machinery demonstrations. Held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College on Route 45, the event will last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday. Admission and parking are free.

For more information about the Equine Experience, visit the Penn State Equine Science Web site at www.das.psu.edu - click on horses, or contact the Penn State Equine Science team at 814-863-7639. For more information about Ag Progress Days visit the Ag Progress Days Web site at http://apd.cas.psu.edu or call (800) PSU-1010 toll free through August 22.

For more information on 4aHORSE or to find out how to bring a "test ride" to your area, contact AQHA at 806-376-4811 or visit www.aqha.com




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