Eq West Equine Exposition Cancelled in San Diego

VNU, the company that purchased Equitana USA and its West Coast regional show, EqWest, announced after the 2000 EqWest show that the California equine exposition would not be renewed for 2001.

"It was a difficult decision, but we couldn't continue to put the resources toward EqWest that it would take to make the show, on a regional level, what Equitana USA is on an international level, without compromising Equitana USA," explained Darel Cook, show director for both shows. "We definitely believe there is a strong market on the West Coast, and will consider opening a show there again in the future."

The decision to cancel EqWest in no way impacts Equitana USA, according to Cook. "We're sorry to see EqWest go, but it does allow us to focus our attention solely on our flagship show, Equitana USA."

Plans for the international equine exposition, Equitana USA, are underway for June 14-17, 2001 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The largest trade show and equestrian gathering ever held in North America, Equitana USA hosts hundreds of exhibiting companies each year and has hosted exhibitors and visitors from every state in the U.S., every Canadian Province, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and 46 foreign countries.

An all-breeds, all-disciplines show, Equitana USA features 800+ clinics, lectures, seminars, and demonstrations in 28 concurrent educational locations, plus special events and competitions each year.

For information on Equitana USA, call the visitor hotline at 888/HORSES-1 or visit www.equitanausa.com. For information on becoming a commercial exhibitor, call 800/393-4913.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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