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The Virginia Equine Extravaganza opened Friday, Nov. 1st at The Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA. Held at the birthplace of the racing legend Secretariat, the event showcases clinics, demonstrations, performances, and vendors for all things equestrian.

Some of the highlights of the expo this year include a new one-hour documentary, Penny and Red: The Life of Secretariat’s Owner, which premiers Saturday at the Meadow Pavilion at 7 p.m. The “gypsy acrobatic equestrian show” Ma’Ceo performs for the first time in Virginia throughout the weekend. And an “urban obstacle course” demonstration will be performed by the Richmond Mounted Police Horse Squad on Saturday.

Numerous speakers and clinicians present different topics all day, every day, throughout the complex. Riding demonstrations encompass barrel racing, dressage, driving, eventing, reining, and trail riding. Presenters include Jane Savoie, U.S. Equestrian Team dressage coach and author; Steve Meadows, judge, trainer, and World Champion for the American Quarter Horse Association; shooting with Sam and Lee Helms of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association; and Sulu Rose-Reed, Grand Prix winner, trainer and coach. A breed parade features Fresians pulling carriages, Appaloosas, a Paso Fino gaited demonstration, Tennessee Walking Horses, and Shire and Percheron draft horses. The exhibit hall hosts equine-related products and services, and even an exhibit dedicated to Sgt. Reckless, the war horse hero of the Korean War, is located at the Expo Seminar Hall.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults; children ages 6–12, $5; children ages 5 and younger, free. There is a military discount of $5 with identification. Show hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free shuttle runs continually between the equine and livestock complex and the festival loop. Parking is free.

For more information, including tickets for the Secretariat documentary and reception, visit www.equineextravaganza.com.