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Gary Garone Hosts Saddle Seat Equitation Clinic at Illinois Horse Fair

Trainer of world championship caliber riders, Gary Garone of Richmond, N.H., will host the 3rd annual Saddle Seat Equitation Clinic for riders of Arabians, Morgans, National Show Horses and Saddlebreds at the 16th annual Illinois Horse Fair, March 5-7.

Garone has had winning riders and horses for years and is a registered judge with USA Equestrian Federation. Last year alone, Ashley Stine won the 11-Year-Old Equitation World Championship; Kyle Gagnon, a former Walk & Trot world champion, won the Junior Equitation Championship at Lexington, was reserve at the World Championship and winner of the UPHA Junior National Finals at the American Royal; and Devon Garone, the USA Equestrian Medal Finals winner in ’02, was Saddle Seat Equitation Champion and reserve UPHA Senior Challenge Cup finalist at the American Royal. Although they both started in Morgans, today Gary, along with wife Marsha, operates a 17 stall Saddlebred training barn in New England.

The Saddle Seat Equitation Clinic will be two hours each morning on Saturday and Sunday in the heated Livestock Center arena. Fee for the clinic is $150; up to 10 riders will be selected. To apply for the clinic, contact Janet Williamson at (309) 963-4371 or e-mail A clinic rider application is available at Horse Fair’s new web site,

Although the Saddle Seat Clinic is on Saturday and Sunday, the Illinois Horse Fair opens Friday, March 5, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., when early bird shoppers will have access to 130 vendors' full stock of merchandise plus save money on special Friday-only promotions and admission charge. Friday also will have short training sessions by Horse Fair headliner Buck Brannaman and well-known teacher/coach Richard Shrake. The popular breed and sport demonstrations, stallion parade and sale horses are on Saturday and Sunday only as at previous Horse Fairs.

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