Calling all Youth Riders and Writers – 13 to 18 years old

The Mane Event, is pleased to announce that Marc Gardner, of the Rocking Heart Ranch will be giving a Registered Quarter Horse colt to one lucky youth at this year’s Mane Event being held April 24 – 26, 2015 in Red Deer, AB. Youth will be required to write an essay outlining their horse experience and what they plan to do with the colt. Interested teens should contact [email protected] for the outline and requirements. The deadline for essay entries is April 15, 2015.

This year’s line-up of clinicians include: Doug Milholland, who has over 40 years of experience as a professional Reining horse trainer. Doug has won multiple championships including AQHA World Championship in both Working Cowhorse and Reining, and NRHA Championships and Reserves. Doug has been an AQHA judge for 22 years holding his Reining card, a NRHA judge for over 30 years and a FEI 3-Star Reining judge as well, and was inducted into the NHRA Hall of Fame in 2006. Anne Gribbons, USDF Hall of Fame inductee, former Coach and Technical Advisor for the USEF, member of the Silver medal winning Pan Am US team in 1995, who has trained and shown 16 of her own horses to Grand Prix Level. Anne’s Dressage sessions will include Another 40 year veteran of the horse industry is Geoff Teall. Geoff has shown and trained Champion and Reserve Champions who have competed at the USEF Medal Finals, USEF Talent Search Finals, USEF Pony Medal Finals, THIS Children’s Medal Finals, Ariat Adult Medal Finals and several ASPCA Regional Finals. Geoff holds his “R” Hunter and Hunter Equitation license and sits on several USHJA Committees. Linda Parelli, who has one of the most famous last names associated with Natural Horsemanship will be conducting sessions all three days of the expo, plus a number of lectures. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see Linda solo in Alberta for the first time ever! Rounded out the line-up is Terri McKinney of the Wild Deuce whose demos on Backcountry horsemanship are fun, entertaining and educational. Returning favourite Barrel Racing Clinician, Doug Leasor, from Massachusetts; Jane Anne Merritt of California will be conducting the driving sessions; Connie Waldo will be doing the Gaited Horse sessions and Cliff Swanson the Western Dressage. For more information on the clinicians visit

The ever popular Trainers Challenge will feature Alberta horse trainer Kateri Cowley, born and raised on the famous Rafter Six Ranch in the Alberta Rockies; Australian horseman and Mustang Challenge competitor TJ Clibborn; and Patrick King also known as the Classical Cowboy, a Natural Horsemanship trainer who has been featured in Horse and Rider magazine. This year’s the trade show has grown even more and with over 280 exhibitors the shopping opportunities will offer everything for you and your horse.

There are also information booths on many different riding associations; riding camps; supplements and equine health care. If you’ve wanted to try a Cowboy Challenge the Canadian Cowboy Challenge Association will be hosting an outdoor Challenge on Sunday, April 26th in conjunction with the Mane Event. Watch their demo on Saturday and have fun on Sunday. Classes are open to all levels and ages of riders. Contact Bill at (403) 652-6441. For more details on the expo please visit or call toll-free 1-844-578-7518.