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Fundamentals of Horsemanship Festival scheduled for May 29-31

UMW News Bureau

The second annual Fundamental of Horsemanship Festival 2009 is slated with activities for the entire family.

Fundamentals of Horsemanship Festival 2009If you’re curious about what’s happening in the world of horsemanship these days, come to the Fundamentals of Horsemanship Festival 2009 in Dillon, Mont. May 29 - 31. The event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), La Cense Montana and the University of Montana Western. “The weekend is packed with equine vendors, educational opportunities, activities, demonstrations and competitions and is a great way to connect with the equestrian community in southwest Montana,” spokesman Jeff Griffith of La Cense Montana said. There are equestrian and educational activities for the entire family planned for the weekend. Friday, May 29 is “Youth Education Day,” the day is set aside for 4-H and FFA members and other interested young people and their families. Activities on Friday include a horse safety presentation, AQHA fundamentals demo, a judging lecture, halter judging class, horse activities and a tour of the University of Montana Western. There will be opportunity for young horseman to ask questions and receive information about a wide range of equine-related topics. Participants at the education day will also receive a one year membership to the AQHA. Special arrangements have been made for participants in this event to stay in the residence halls on the University of Montana Western campus. The over-night stay includes meals at Montana Western’s Dining Services, campus tours, entertainment events and more. Price for the entire day of activities on Friday and an over-night stay in the dorms (including movie) is $95 dollars per individual. Saturday and Sunday are slated with activities including a Montana Western La Cense  demo and philosophy presentation, an AQHA fundamental concepts presentation, a colt start demo, a saddle fit lecture, a nutrition lecture and a banquet. In addition, Sunday’s activities will include a Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association demonstration and competition. On Saturday night, festival goers will have the opportunity to attend a banquet and dance with live music by Lilly Cruise and the Crowd Thinners. Those interested in attending the banquet and dance but not the festival are encouraged to do so. Featured speakers will include editor of the Western Horseman magazine, A. J. Mangum. “The Fundamentals of Horsemanship Festival 2009 is a wonderful opportunity to see what is unique about the Montana Western and La Cense equestrian program,” Griffith said, “There is nothing comparable to what we’re doing here in the realm of horsemanship.” Prices for the entire festival are $20 for adults, $12 for children 8 to 18, and children 7 and under will be admitted free. For more information and to reserve your spot at this event call La Cense Montana at (406) 683-8777 or visit