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As sponsors of the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s (HIHS) Horse Expo 2009, the Royal Kona Resort is offering a special, $125 nightly rate for event attendees. Scheduled for Aug. 15-16 at the Kahilu Theatre and adjacent grounds in Waimea on Hawaii’s Big Island, the Expo was established last year to benefit the Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund to help abused and abandoned horses on the island. Clients interested in horsemanship, horse training, equine behavior and related topics will want to attend.
“For more than 50 years, we have developed strong ties to Hawaii,” said longtime horseman Ed Hogan, who owns the Royal Kona Resort and is chairman of the Hogan Family Foundation. "With our foundation’s two ranches in California that are dedicated to helping abused and abandoned horses, we fully appreciate and support the good work being done here by the Humane Society."
Under Hogan’s direction, the Royal Kona Resort is also providing attendees staying at the property with a complimentary invitation to a pre-Expo lecture by world-renowned equine expert Dr. Robert Miller on Aug. 14. His resort presentation will explore “New Concepts in Imprint Training.”
For an additional moderate fee, clients can ride with the event clinicians to and from the Expo aboard the official HIHS Expo bus, beginning the afternoon of Aug. 14 at the Royal Kona Resort.
Building upon 2008’s successful Expo, the 2009 event has already secured participation of several noted experts, including Dr. Miller, who is a noted equine behaviorist, author, and lecturer. During the Expo, he will present a series of informative talks on safer horsemanship and specialized training techniques.
Dale Myler will work with several horses during his demonstrating of the importance of using the correct mouth bit in training. Myler will also share new, groundbreaking research connecting the horse's mouth and tongue pressure to the animal’s overall state of health and learning ability.
Legendary Texas trainer Jack Brainard will be a featured clinician at this year's event. Brainard has been working with horses for more than 50 years and has won world titles in a variety of disciplines including reining, cutting, roping, and pleasure riding and is a longtime horse show judge. At this year’s Expo, he will be teaching and demonstrating “Advanced Horsemanship Based on Cowboy Dressage.”
Rick Lamb, popular host of RFD TV's “The Horse Show,” returns to Expo2009 as moderator for the program. Lamb produced two television programs featuring his Big Island Expo 2008 experience.
Tax deductible tickets to HIHS Horse Expo 2009 start at $25 per day (www.HawaiiHorseExpo.com ).
For hotel reservations, call 800-222-5642 or visit www.RoyalKona.com.