Callaway Plantation was overrun Saturday, April 25, 2009 with more than 500 horse enthusiasts and more than 50 horses from the Classic South regions of Georgia and South Carolina at the Second Annual Horse Fair. Overall, the Horse Fair was a huge success for the Classic South Equine Association, Inc. (CSEA).
The CSEA and the Horse Fair Committee would like to thank those people who made the 2nd Annual Horse Fair possible. A special thanks to the two premier event sponsors Southern States and Old South Marketing & Public Relations, LLC, and to the CSEA sponsors Adam Bohler & Co., Ricky's Farm Service, Grovetown Farm and Garden, Happy Valley Stables, Washington Wilkes Venture LLC, and Arts Heating and Air. Without the support from all these sponsors, the Horse Fair would not have been as successful as it was.
A special thank you goes out to everyone who participated in the Parade of Breeds and "Horses in Motion." Due to their hard work, the Parade of Breeds and "Horses in Motion" had impressive representation from breeds including Missouri Fox Trotters, Rocky Mountain Horses, Tennessee Walking Horses, Friesians, Arabians, Quarter Horses, registered Paints, Thoroughbreds, Warmbloods, Paso Finos, and a Peruvian Paso. The Parade of Breeds and the "Horses in Motion" were the highlight of the day for many of the spectators who were wowed by the beauty of each breed as they entered the arena.
The Horse Fair Committee would like to give a special thanks to the keynote speakers: Bert Gates, Kyle McMichen, and Dr. Marty Adams. Bert Gates demonstrated natural horsemanship using the Lyons methods and exhibited some of the techniques he uses at his facility, Blue Line Ranch in Grovetown. Kyle McMichen, from Gemara Farm in Barnesville, Ga., demonstrated natural horsemanship and discussed proper bitting for the horse. Southern State's Dr. Marty Adams addressed the maintenance nutritional needs for horses and was on-site all day at the Southern States booth giving out advice to owners and breeders.
The Horse Fair Committee would like to thank Daniel Bufford of Tignall, Ga., for being on-site to exhibit his farrier service and to Shelly Smith of Tignall, Ga., for allowing her pony, John Henry, to be displayed at the Farmers & Merchant's guess the weight of the pony booth. Stephen King was the lucky winner of a $50 savings bond from Farmers & Merchant's. The Horse Fair Committee would also like to thank the people who donated raffle items to the fair including, Grovetown Farm and Garden, Dave Morris, Joe and Leslie Martin, Jimmy Fisher, Pam Carter, Southern States, Horse Emporium, Happy Valley Stables, Dianne Cox, and Paul Smith.