The 2018 Michigan Horse Expo in East Lansing - Why to go!

What is the 2018 Michigan Horse Expo?

One of the top three-day horse expos in the country, the Michigan Horse Expo started in 1984. The 2018 Michigan Horse Expo is a resource for shopping, making connections, equine education, and taking in great rodeo and reining events.


The Expo has something for everyone, whether you’re a horse lover, horse owner, or equine professional. There’s even an area geared toward youth! There are clinics, seminars, and educational events conducted by horse professionals from Michigan and across the country. But most importantly, don’t miss out on the opportunity to shop for the latest and greatest items western wear and horse riding gear. We invite you stop by our booth and see what we have in-store.


The event is a great way to show your support for the Michigan horse industry!


2018 Michigan Horse Expo highlights include:


  • Demonstrations

  • Exhibitors

  • Panel discussion

  • Round pen presentations

  • Seminar room presentations

  • View stallions of different breeds from around Michigan on “Stallion Avenue”

  • Educational youth area with a Princess and Knight theme

  • Michigan High School Rodeo Association’s Friday Night Rodeo

  • Ranch Rodeo

  • Freestyle reining

  • Open reining

  • Mounted archery

  • Over 200 vendor booths for shopping (including The Wire Horse!)

  • Multiple breeds and farms exhibiting

  • Combined Mounted Police Unit Color Presentation each day

  • Church service on Sunday Morning (a.k.a. Cowboy Church!)

  • Clinics

  • Clinicians include: Craig Johnson, Christy Landwehr, Dale Myler, Dr. Rob Van Wessum, Dr. Brian Neilson, Joe Blackburn, MSU Veterinarians, Samantha Szesciorka, Kim Cardeccia and more!

The Michigan High School Rodeo Association’s Friday Night Rodeo includes:


  • Pole Bending

  • Cloverleaf Barrels

  • Goat Tying, Girls

  • Goat Tying, Boys

  • Breakaway Roping

  • Team Roping

  • Bareback Bronc Riding

  • Saddle Bronc Riding

  • Steer Wrestling

  • Bull Riding

  • Tie Down Roping

  • Ribbon Roping

  • Bareback Steer Riding

  • Chute Dogging


A learning opportunity that is fun for everyone

There will be multiple opportunities to watch award-winning stallions in action.


Large animal veterinarians will offer advice and tips for how to best care for your equine friend. Veterinarians will also present some of the latest scientific research on horses.


Horse veterans who have been in the industry for 30 years will talk trends, safety, ethics, careers, advanced riding tips, riding therapy, listening to your horse, volunteer opportunities, and making sure you know what you’re getting into before embarking on a long distance ride.


Demonstrations include dressage demos and instruction, as well as a grooming clinic.


Topics addressed at 2018 Michigan Horse Expo:


  • Advice

  • Scientific research

  • Trends

  • Safety

  • Ethics

  • Careers

  • Advanced riding tips

  • Riding therapy

  • Listening to your horse

  • Volunteer opportunities

  • Making sure you know what you’re getting into

  • Dressage

  • Grooming


Where will my money go?

The Michigan Horse Expo was the brainchild of the Michigan Horse Council. Proceeds from the expo serve to advance, promote, and protect the equine industry in Michigan through leadership, education, service, and communication.

The Michigan Horse Council’s mission

The mission of the Michigan Horse Council is to:


  • Provide a central authority that will support, encourage, supplement, and coordinate the efforts of the constructive conservation, development, and promotion of the horse industry and horse community in the state of Michigan

  • Educate

  • Advocate

  • Provide scholarships to horse people and non-profit equine organizations

  • Support horse research

  • Support the well-being of horses

  • Promote the conservation of horses

  • Promote the public places for horses, such as public trails and fairground facilities

  • Promote the horse industry and horse community in Michigan


More information

View complete daily schedules here. Or, visit 2018 Michigan Horse Expo or Facebookfor more information about events and activities that you are sure to enjoy.


When is the 2018 Michigan Horse Expo?

The Horse Expo will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on March 9, 10, & 11, 2018.


  • Friday March 9, a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

  • Saturday March 10, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Where is the 2018 Michigan Horse Expo?

Michigan State University Pavilion

4301 Farm Lane

East Lansing, MI 48910


Visit us at the Expo!

The Wire Horse is proud to be a 2018 Michigan Horse Expo Sponsor. We will be in booth number 60 and 61B showcasing awesome deals on Royal Wire, boots, western wear, show clothing, show saddles, Tucker trail saddles, and more! Stop by and say ‘Hi.’ We’d love to learn what you think of the Expo and hear about the events you attend. We hope you will attend this 35th annual event! See you there!

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