Equestrian event set April 7-10

The 2016 Ohio Equine Affaire rides into town this week. The annual equestrian event for horse lovers of all ages is April 7-10 at the Ohio Expo Center.

According to organizers, the largest horse-related trade show in the nation features hundreds of retailers and manufacturers occupying acres of indoor exhibit space. The event also includes clinics on a variety of equestrian sports presented by nationally and internationally recognized trainers, competitors and coaches, as well as numerous seminars and hands-on demonstrations.

Visitors can see a showcase of breeds from around the world or take part in educational demonstrations, interactive displays and activities for new riders and horse owners of all ages. At 3:15 p.m. Friday in the Taft Coliseum, the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition puts 25 horse-and-rider teams through an obstacle course while they are judged on their horsemanship.

Equine Affaire hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the gate and cost $15 per day for adults ($50 for all four days) and $8 for children 7-10. Admission is free for children 6 and younger. For more information, go to equineaffaire.com.