Save the Date! An Equifest Weekend in Deland Florida

The Art of the Horse at The DeLand Museum of Art
Opening, April 29

Plan a weekend getaway to Deland, Florida, April 29-May 1 and enjoy this unique Florida community, for a weekend devoted to the celebration of horses, a living art form preserved by some of Florida's leading artists, sculptors, multi media, and photographers.

Discover the magic of a part of Florida that is home to Olympic Dressage Team Bronze Medallist Michael Poulin, and a growing population of horse lovers. The country life and open spaces, as well a great climate and community, have made Volusia county are great place to raise a family and horses.

Deleon Springs is home to HorsesDaily®, and we are excited about sharing this special part of Florida with our friends and readers. "I can proudly say," said Mary Phelps, "that I introduced Michael Poulin to DeLand and DeLeon Springs." It was at Spring Garden Ranch that Michael began his central Florida training facility. Within 2 years the International Dressage Institute was built by the efforts and support of his 'following', continuing to increase the horsy population of this very special part of Florida. Several of PhelpsPhotos® will be part of this exhibition along with an eclectic collection of media and art, capturing a passion for horses.

Join the artists and Museum members and guests for "Horse Tales and Cocktails" the opening of the exhibition celebrating a dramatic subject for artistic expression, the horse, Friday April 29, at the Cultural Arts Center, Deland.

On Sunday, May 1, the living inspiration for these artists, the horses, will come together at Spring Garden Ranch and Olympic Bronze Medallists Michael Poulin, will perform along with his family a dressage exhibition, along with a variety of disciplines and breeds being represented. There will be great food and entertainment along with an art fair and auction.

With the participation of several of the people who train with Michael, this event has become a reality. Judith Thompson, has been spearheading the Equifest activities with weekly meetings all season, and a very active energetic and organized group assuring a great time for both the Equifest Event at Spring Garden Ranch. The following week on Derby Day, May 7th, she will be hosting Derby Party at her home, with an auction. All proceeds for this event goes to benefit the Museum and the programs they offer to the community.

"Equus: Celebrating the Art of the Horse"
Friday- April 29, 6-9 p.m.
Cultural Arts Center, DeLand Museum of the Arts
600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand
Horsetails and Cocktails - Free admission, cash bar

  • Art exhibit
  • Equine contest
  • Auction
  • Entertainment
  • Divine Equine Painted Pony Auction

The exhibition will celebrate a dramatic subject for artistic expression, the horse. In this exhibition, new and unique perspectives will be explored. Works will capture the strength and drama of the horse and will be represented in various forms, including both 2D and 3D.

The Deland Museum of Art, located along the beautiful buildings of Stetson University, integrates exhibitions, collections, and educational programs to create an inviting, enriching, and stimulating experience for a diverse audience.

Explore 'The Old Florida"
Saturday- April 30, 2005

Spend Saturday shopping in the many antique stores, and dining among a large selection of charming outdoor cafes, take a drive through the "Old Florida", or visit the most famous beach in the world, Daytona, all within a 30 minute drive. Have a pancake breakfast at the Old Grist Mill at DeLeon Springs. Enjoy the seasonal rates, and treat yourself to a room with a view on the Atlantic Ocean, for a Florida weekend with a touch of culture.

See why so many horse people have chosen this area to raise their families and horses. Olympian Michael Poulin has settled here, and brought with him a large group of long time students and supporters to build the International Dressage Institute.

Equi Fest at Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon Springs
Sunday, May 1, 2005 from 11- 4 pm
900 Spring Garden Ranch Rd.
De Leon Springs, Fl 32130-4202

Special Guests: Olympic Bronze Medallist Michael Poulin and Family

  • An Equine Art Show
  • Equestrian Exhibitions and Demonstrations
  • Jack Russell Terrier Races
  • Parade of Breeds
  • Polo
  • Round Pen Training
  • Dressage Musical Quadrille
  • Reining and Standardbred Racing

Starlite Derby Night at the Thompson's Trail House
Saturday, May 7, 2005 from 5-9pm
Home of Judith Thompson, Trails West, DeLand
$50 per person, reservations required

  • Viewing of the Kentucky Derby
  • Traditional Kentucky food
  • Auctions
  • Meet the Equine Artists with Art for Sale.

For further information, call (386) 734-4371
The DeLand Museum of Art
600 N. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32720
Phone: (386) 734-4371
Fax: (386) 734-7697