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NMSU to host third annual Rio Chama Equine Expo in AbiquiuNew Mexico State University to host third annual Rio Chama Equine Expo on Aug. 27 in Abiquiu.

  • By Jane Moorman
  • 505-249-0527
  • Aug 16, 2016

ABIQUIU – Young and old alike are invited to the third annual Rio Chama Equine Expo, Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Rio Arriba Rural Events Center at 122-A State Road 554 in Abiquiu.

New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service in Rio Arriba County is hosting the free event, which begins at 8:30 a.m.

“This expo is for the entire equine community regardless of age and level of horsemanship,” said Donald Martinez, NMSU Rio Arriba County agricultural agent. “These regional expos have been a hit with our clientele. We expect horse enthusiasts from as far away as Santa Fe, Taos and Las Cruces to be in attendance.”

New Mexico State Fair Queen Cami Belcher will be a special guest at this year’s expo.

Workshops will be held on proper bit selection, basic horsemanship, camping with horses, all age hippology contest, public speaking, tack maintenance and body mechanics.

“The U.S. Forest Service wild mustang adoption program will be present for people to learn what it’s all about and they also will have the opportunity to adopt one if they meet the criteria,” Martinez said.

Other activities will include kids’ dummy roping and a live demonstration of hoof trimming. Many vendors will be present with a wide variety of items for sale from tack and feed to jewelry and handmade knives.

Throughout the day door prizes will be given. Prizes and silent auction items have been donated by Tractor Supply, Feed Bin, Merck Animal Health, Rio Arriba Farm & Livestock Bureau and Big R Stores.

The day will conclude with the regional Youth Horsemanship Completion Ceremony.

For more information about the expo, contact the Rio Arriba County Extension office at 505-685-4523.