The largest horse show in Kansas takes place this weekend at the Kansas Coliseum. Here's what you'll find there:
1) The expo, which is open to the public, offers equine entertainment such as jumping demonstrations, riding competitions and breed shows. There's a kid's corral with activities for children. Vendors will be selling all kinds of equipment, apparel and gear.
2) A new event tonight is the Ultimate Horsemen's Challenge , a competition requiring riders to negotiate tricky obstacles that test the training, capability and daring of the horse and rider teams. On Saturday night, a new event called the Ranch Rodeo will feature teams of four competing in events that require skills used on a working ranch. Both events are included as part of a general admission ticket to EquiFest.
3) The Easy Rider Drill Team from Missouri is a three-time award-winning youth drill team that performs precision drill maneuvers set to music. The therapeutic riding group Horses of Hope will give daily presentations about its mission of equine therapy for people with disabilities and illnesses.
4) Go to www.equifestofks.com for a complete schedule of event and more details on activities this weekend. The festival is housed in three buildings connected by covered walk-ways. Free programs are available at all entrances. No pets are allowed at EquiFest.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12.50 for ages 13 and up, and $6 for ages 6 to 12.