The 2020 Michigan Horse Expo was an excellent opportunity to showcase some of our Michigan trainers and talented riders while bringing in one of the legendary horse trainers in America, Craig Cameron. Bill Thomas and Deena Dunkle hosted Craig Cameron and his son, Cole Cameron, for the four day event. Thursday night kicked off the equine celebration with the prestigious President’s Gala at the MSU Kellogg’s Center. The President’s Gala is an event founded and developed by Colonel Don Packard. The dinner and program is an evening to honor Michigan equine leaders, showcase our highlighted talent for the Mi Horse Expo and welcome guests to join MHC in a warm social event. Prior to the President’s Gala the MSU equine extension dept. hosts an educational program collaborating with various equine professors and leaders sharing about the current state of the Michigan equine industry. The two events are key note programs for the year and a beautiful partnership. The Mi Horse Council is thankful for our partnership with the MSU equine extension dept. and their dedicated staff throughout the year.
The Mi Horse Council seeks to invest in education and training for our Michigan trainers and riders. The Mi Horse Expo is the key time for MHC to unite with experts in a particular breed or discipline to teach all of us more. Bill and Deena have been an asset to the Michigan Reining Association, participated in various cutting competitions, helped the Saginaw Sheriff’s Dept. and helped coach a variety of 4H, equestrian team and open show riders. MHC is thankful for their passion and experience and appreciate the quality of programming that they brought to the 2020 Mi Horse Expo. Bill was in the arena working with Craig and Cole Cameron guiding 6 clinician riders throughout the weekend in 6 clinic sessions. Deena designed and staffed the booth for the Mi Reined Cow Horse Association, handled the registration for the clinic riders and ran a Mi Reined Cow Horse competition on Sunday morning with pay back money and prizes.
The Mi Reined Cow Horse Association is a new group to Michigan as of 2020. The 2020 Michigan Horse Expo was the kick off and training grounds for this fun new exciting sport that combines many of the western disciplines that we all love to ride in and watch. MHC is thankful to Bill and Deena for taking the lead on this fun endeavor for the 2020 Michigan Horse Expo, staffing the program with excellent leaders coming to us from all over Michigan as well as out of state and running a quality competition with noteworthy prizes on Sunday. We are also thrilled that the Mi Reined Cow Horse Association was able to hold one of their planned events in October at the Midland Fairgrounds.
MHC is looking for more partnerships with other disciplines and breed groups to do more progressive work like the showcasing of the event, teaching elements of the discipline, hosting a competition with experienced riders who can model the skills needed at a top level and offer further lessons, clinics, training opportunities and competitions beyond the initial presentation stage. If you are interested in hosting something like this, please contact our Michigan Horse Council administrator, Tammy Tyler at 989-213-7817.