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Story last updated at 3:05 PM on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Great Alaska Horse Expo headed to Kenai Peninsula

Allison Trimble, formerly of Anchor Point and now of Bellingham, Wash., brings her horse know-how and the know-how of five other clinicians from across the United States and Canada to the Kenai Peninsula for the first "Great Alaska Horse Expo."

It will be held at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Ninilchik on June 22-23. Trimble, who has a degree in animal science from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis, Obispo, will offer clinics in ranch sorting, introducing horses to cattle, reining and equine nutrition. Other clinicians from the Lower 48 and Canada and the topics they will address include:

• Kimberly Barber: introduction to western dressage, introduction to classical dressage, jumping instruction;

• Kade Mills: cold starting, intro to roping, improving your rope horse;

• Barry Cox: addressing the problem horse;

• Raye Lochert: conquering obstacles, addressing the push horse, speed control;

• Mark Plumlee: healthy foot function, barefoot maintenance, therapeutic shoeing.

"There's never been anything like this in state of Alaska," said Trimble. "Everybody is welcome. The workshops are very hands-on. The people that are coming are people I believe are very interactive and approachable. That's important to me."

The Great Alaska Cowboy Race will take place during the expo. The race host is Atz Kilcher of Homer; competitors will try to beat the clock in a series of judged obstacles that are found in Alaska. Judges are the GAHE clinicians; prizes, as well as the title "The Great Alaska Cowboy," will be awarded. A barbecue, campfire, singing, storytelling and cowboy poetry wrap up the race.

The Great Alaska Horse Expo is featured in the June edition of The Northwest Horse Source.

For vendors and sponsors interested in participating in the expo and to know more about Trimble, the expo and the race, visit www.greatalaskahorseexpo.com.