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Farm Bureau acquires equine show for Meadow

Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation announced today it has purchased the Virginia Equine Extravaganza, a major horse industry exposition for the Mid-Atlantic region.

The new permanent location for the three-day equestrian trade show will be The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County, the birthplace of Secretariat. The dates for this year’s show are November 1-3.

The event has been held in the past both at The Meadow Event Park as well as Richmond International Raceway, where it was held last year.

The Virginia Equine Extravaganza provides a wealth of educational and entertainment activities to thousands of attendees. It typically features leading experts in the industry who offer dozens of clinics, demonstrations, and exhibits on horse training and management. It also showcases a wide variety of horse breeds and riding disciplines and offers lively family entertainment and a trade show that features more than 100 vendors.

Farm Bureau, which recently assumed full ownership of The Meadow Event Park and the State Fair of Virginia,  recognizes the “tremendous potential of The Meadow to become a major equine events facility for this region,” said Jeff Dillon, treasurer and senior vice president for the agricultural organization.

“Our purchase of the Equine Extravaganza is a big step in that direction, and we intend to create a fitting home for the Extravaganza and other events of its caliber,” added Dillon.

“We are pleased to bring to the table an adaptable event space and equine complex, a strategic location on the I-95 corridor, and the unique historic significance of the property,” said Dillon.

Leeanne Meadows Ladin, recently named director of equine events and Secretariat programs at The Meadow Event Park, will be the new director of the Equine Extravaganza. She will work closely with previous owner Vicki O’Hara in planning and managing the 2013 show.

Details about the 2013 Virginia Equine Extravaganza will be shared at as they become available.