BAKER, Fla., Nov. 19, 2019—A fun-packed horse weekend never before seen in this area begins Friday in Baker.
The Northwest Florida Horse Expo will be held Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday at the Baker Area Recreation Area, also known as the Baker Arena, located on State Road 4.
Featuring competitions, clinics, demonstrations, seminars, vendors and food, both inside the arena and out, this is a first for the northwest Florida area, according to Tony Happel, event organizer and part owner of Baker Feed and Country Store.
Jackpot competitions includes roping in the arena and barrel racing in the outdoor arena on Friday.
For the kids, there’s a dummy roping contest Saturday with buckles as the prize, and a stick horse egg-and-spoon race on Sunday. There’s three age categories for both competitions.
Vendors range from tack, saddle repair, tractors and pole barns to clothing, jewelry and arts and crafts. Hub City Smokehouse & Grill will be selling barbecue during the event.
The expo kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with jackpot roping and barrel racing.
Saturday begins with the Sheriff’s Posse presenting the national anthem. Clinics and seminars throughout the day include Ray Ainsworth, horse starting; Angie Reichert, reining; Jodie Kelly Dressage and Jeff Davis, Downunder Horsemanship, all inside the arena.
Sunday begins with Cowboy Church at 8 a.m. with the Sheriff’s Posse presenting the national anthem at 9 a.m.
Ainsworth, Reichert, Brown and dressage will be indoors during the day with barrel racing, equipcamping, jumping and ranch horse riding in the outdoor arena and nutrition and vaccines/parasite seminars under the tent.
Cost is $5 at the gate; children 12 and under are free. Parking is also free.
Schedule of Events
6 p.m. Jackpot roping, indoor arena; Jackpot barrel racing, outdoor arena
8:30 a.m. National anthem, Sheriff’s Posse, indoor arena
9 a.m. Ray Ainsworth, horse starting, indoor arena
9:30 a.m. Booger Brown, outdoor arena
10 a.m. Dr. Hank Lee, lameness clinic, tent
11 a.m. Florida Highway Patrol seminar, indoor arena
11:30 a.m. Jumping by Hoofbeats Equestrian Center, outdoor arena
Noon Angie Reichert, reining, indoor arena
12:30 p.m. Dummy roping competition, tent
1 p.m. Ray Ainsworth, horse starting, indoor arena
1:30 p.m. Booger Brown, outdoor arena
2 p.m. Jodie Kelly Dressage with Elizabeth Zecca, indoor arena
3 p.m. Tribute Equine nutrition seminar, tent
3:30 p.m. Rufus Hayes of Hayes Ranch, cutting, outdoor arena
4 p.m. Jeff Davis, Downunder Horsemanship, indoor arena
8 a.m. Cowboy church, indoor arena
9 a.m. National anthem, Sheriff’s Posse, indoor arena
9:30 a.m. Ray Ainsworth, horse starting, indoor arena
10:30 a.m. Barrel racing, outdoor arena; Mid South Nutrition seminar, tent
11:30 a.m. Angie Reichert, reining, indoor arena; Equicamping, outdoor arena
12:30 p.m. Jumping by Hoofbeats Equestrian Center, outdoor arena; Stick horse egg-and-spoon competition, tent
1:30 p.m. Booger Brown, starting on cows, indoor arena; Ranch horse riding, outdoor arena
2:30 p.m. Dr. Lynn Hall, Zoetis vaccine/parasite seminar, tent
3 p.m. Ray Ainsworth, horse starting, indoor arena
4 p.m. Jodie Kelly Dressage with Elizabeth Zecca, indoor arena