Horse show and sale comes to Blackfoot
His lineage as a horseman has no end and now Berry Cellan is bringing his love and knowledge of horses to Blackfoot - with the Intermountain Equifest 2012 - an event for horse enthusiasts of all kinds.
Equifest is a three-day expo (June 29 through July 1) at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds and will give horsemen and spectators an opportunity to network, show their skills and see what's new and exciting in the horse industry.
Cellan, an Idaho native, longtime Pocatello businessman and publisher of 'The Horse Communicator' monthly magazine said, "I grew up with horses...I raise them I've been a licensed trainer, a jockey and I've ran a race track.
"There's an expo in Salt Lake and Nampa but there hasn't been one here for a few years and I wanted to get one going."
A major highlight of the event will be an appearance by Aaron Ralston, a well known horse trainer who hosts 'The Ride,' a show televised on RFD-TV - a cable network that features agriculture-based programs. Ralston will be the judge for two of the horse competitions, one that will feature seven top horse trainers from the region, each bringing in a 3-year-old horse that they have trained and then putting them through a routine in hopes of taking the prize. These seven professionally trained horses, will then be auctioned off.
"This is an excellent opportunity to witness a well-trained horse with a good bloodline and buy it afterwards," Cellan said.
He said the second competition will be open to any amateurs with a 2-year-old horse. "We are looking for as many amateur horsemen as we can get," Cellan said. "They just have to be amateurs and provide their own horse and saddles."
Besides the competitions Cellan said there will be activities for the kids, numerous food and retail vendors as well as industry experts on hand giving demonstrations and answering questions.
"I have about 25-30 vendors from around the region on board so far, " Cellan said. "I welcome more vendors, especially from the Blackfoot area. There's room for outdoor displays such as RV's, ATV's, horse trailers and all kinds of things."
While this is Cellan's first expo, he hopes to make it an annual event.
"I'd love to see this come together and grow to be a week long yearly event with all disciplines, all groups and all demos..." Cellan said.
All three days of the expo are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with featured events going on every hour. The cost is $8 per person for one day or $20 per person for all three days. Cellan said discount hotel rooms are available for those planning to attend all three days.
Anyone needing more information about Intermountain Equifest 2012 (reserving a vending space, participating in the the 2-year old competition, etc...) can call Cellan at 208-223-9441 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. A Facebook page has also been set up for the event.