Accommodations for Hawaii Horse Expo 2009 are being offered at a generous discount by The Royal Kona Resort

Royal Kona Resort


Special Rate at Royal Kona Resort

Lost Hat

Hawaii Horse Expo in conjunction with The Royal Kona Resort is offering a special LOST HAT package for those desiring a more inclusive experience while attending the Expo. The LOST HAT package includes six nights in an ocean view room, an invitation to the Press/Welcome Party, admittance to Dr. Miller's lecture "New Concepts in Imprint Training", a two day VIP pass to Hawaii Horse Expo, transportation to the event site, post expo dinner, and the farewell Luau.  Inclusive dates are August 12 to August 18, with arrival on the 12th and departure on the 18th. Cost for all of the above is only $830.00 per person based upon double occupancy. Traveling alone or just want your own room? No problem... cost is a very reasonable $1280.  The LOST HAT package provides a great opportunity to spend time with the clinicians and make new friends. Book early because there is limited participation...and also, right now, airfares are low.

Make your booking for the LOST HAT package through 

Hawaii Horse Expo
(808) 887-2301

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If you are not reserving the LOST HAT package, you may reserve a hotel room directly by completing the 

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What did attendees have to say about the 2008 Hawaii Horse Expo?


Judy Hiller
"Dale Myler was wonderful and definitely worth the price of admission."
Judy Hiller, Rancher

Edith McCafferty
"What an incredible array of clinicians, expertise and knowledge shared. I'm looking forward to another informative Horse Expo in 2009."
Edith McCafferty, Horse Owner




 2009 Poster

 2009 Schedule of Events

Tickets: $25/day at 
Humane Society Shelters in
Kona, Waimea, and Keaau and at Parker Ranch Store 

28 July 2009 -- Hawaii Horse Expo 2009 announced today that internationally acclaimed photographer Tim Flach of England, who is a featured presenter at Hawaii Horse Expo August 14-16, will conduct a special pre-Expo workshop on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 from 7:15 a.m. until 5:00 pm.

The day-long workshop will take place on a 23,000-acre working cattle and buffalo ranch near Kona. Workshop is limited to just ten students. The tax-deductible donation for participants is $200 per person. Proceeds benefit the Hawaii Island Humane Society's Horse Rescue Fund. Contact Wanda at (808) 854-9855 or by email to register.

Flach has been the subject of numerous articDigital Camera Magz Coverles in photographic publications including "Victor by Hasselblad," "Digital Camera," and "Photo Clio AwardMagazine." His many prestigious awards include both gold and silver Clios.

His busy schedule lecturing at Universities around the world affords him little time to conduct workshops. August 12th presents a rare opportunity for professional and amateur photographers to improve their technical skills and artistic vision under the inspiring direction of a master.

Select photographs taken during the workshop will be published in Malama Lio - The Hawaii Horse Journal. Many of the images will also be displayed at the Kahilu Theatre during Hawaii Horse Expo.

For more information about Hawaii Horse Expo please visit the Expo web site or call (808) 887-2301.

About Hawaii Island Humane Society -- The mission of the Hawaii Island Humane Society is to promote respect for all animals, prevent cruelty to animals, eliminate pet overpopulation, and enhance the relationship between humans and animals. HIHS holds a contract with the County of Hawaii to enforce certain animal-related laws and it offers 24-hour service for injured animals and other animal emergencies, humane education classes, low-cost spay and neuter services, lost and found assistance, microchipping and more. Learn more at or call 329-1175.

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Monday, 20 July 2009 - Shopping at Hawaii Horse Expo 

ATTENTION ALL SHOPPERS!  On Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 Hawaii Horse Expo will transform Waimea’s YMCA Town Hall into a delightful general store. An eclectic mix of vendors will be selling and presenting a wide array of interesting merchandise and products. 

Judy Watson, owner of Freelance Design USA, is coming from Missouri to be at the Expo. Judy specializes in exclusive equine themed artwork from across the entire country. Basket artistry and leather bags form the Appalachians, spirit horses from Montana, New Mexico stone carvings, Native American deerskin ponies. Judy is also an accomplished artist herself, and has designed a custom, hand-painted t-shirt for this event. 

If you are into art, Megan Mant of Mant Ceramics will have an array of custom ceramic tiles and pottery available. The Waimea Arts Council will be displaying cowboy and western themed art and Grace Brown, from whom many of you purchased things last year, will be back with her cowboy art. 

For foodies: Jungle’s Edge Coffee will be offering 100% Kona coffee, estate grown with tender, loving, care exclusively on the Thornton’s family farm. Jungle’s Edge is never blended with any other coffees. To go with the coffee stop by the Hamakua Fudge Shop booth. You can pick up some of Lavonna Burkhardt’s delicious fudge—homemade with fresh butter and cream!

Interested in cutting edge “green” services for you and your horse? Norwex Aloha has a line of chemical free cleaning products used to clean tack, buckets, truck & trailer and anything else that might need cleaning. Local Natural Innovations will be discussing their services that focus on creative ways to improve your home and business through recycling and sustainability management. Many of you know Clarence Barber of Island Herbs Hawaii. (Clarence installed and maintains the spectacular organic garden at Merriman’s Restaurant in Waimea.) For over 20 years Island Herbs Hawaii has been providing organic farming and gardening services and products to Hawaii. 

If you are thinking of buying a horse then make sure to stop at the Hawaii Paso Finos booth. Joe and Kelly Vitorino have a terrific video of the horses they have for sale and can answer all your questions about this unique and lovable breed. 

Traveling all the way from Australia is Martin Connell, national sales manager of Hy Gain Feeds. Hy Gain is the official feed partner of Alltech Fei World Equestrian Games 2010. Martin, in a special lunch time presentation, will be giving a lecture on recent advancements in equine feeding including understanding carbohydrate activity and the latest in immune boosters. At the Hy Gain booth Martin can answer questions and will also have samples of Hy Gain Feed products.

Non profits are represented as well: Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii and Hawaii Quarter Horse Youth Association will be present to pass out information about the benefits of joining these groups. 

Aina Hou Animal Hospital will have a booth and Dr. Brady Bergin will be there to answer any questions you might have about vet care.  

Hawaii Island Humane Society presents a silent auction with some spectacular photographs by Hawaii Horse Expo featured presenter Tim Flach up for bid. Next door at the Horse Rescue Fund booth, you’ll find books by Tim Flach, Dr. Robert miller, Rick Lamb, and Jack Brainard. Dale Myler will have a wide selection of bits for sale and be available for bitting advice.   

The exhibit hall & general store will be open from noon to 6:00 pm on Saturday and from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday. Admission is free. So even if you’re not attending the expo events stop by, say hello, and do some shopping!

NEWS FLASH -- Tim Flach, one of the featured presenters at the HIHS HAWAII HORSE EXPO, is featured in the June issue of "Cowboys & Indians" magazine (John Wayne is on the cover). This is a beautiful article featuring Tim's work and gives us a preview of what we will see on Saturday, August 15 at the Hawaii Horse Expo. Tim is truly one of the great animal photographers in the world today and his appreciation for the horse and the world of the horse can be seen in this inspiring article. So, be sure to pick up the June issue of "Cowboys & Indians" and see what a special treat we are in for when we get to meet Tim Flach at Hawaii Horse Expo! And by the way, Tim has donated four incredible photographs (one of which is featured in the article) - all beautifully mounted and framed for our silent auction.

August 15 & 16, HIHS HAWAII HORSE EXPO 2009 will take place at the Kahilu Theatre & Adjacent Grounds in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii. Proceeds from this event will go to the HIHS HORSE RESCUE FUND, established last year, to help abused and abandoned horses.

Dr. MillerDR. ROBERT MILLER is back by popular demand. Noted equine behaviorist, author, and world wide lecturer, Dr. Miller will present a series of informative talks including DESENSITIZATION AND SENSITIZATION, a lecture with videos, clarifying the confusion and myths surrounding these training techniques.
In SAFER HORSEMANSHIP, a lecture and demonstration with a live horse. Dr. Miller will show us how to be safe with our horses. His techniques, now widely incorporated in Vet Schools, are based upon a lifetime of working with equine patients, some quite difficult.

Everyone working with horses needs to see this.
ARE BITS NECESSARY? In this lecture Dr. Miller will help us to understand the information and misinformation about this ancient tool.
And speaking of bits... Back by popular demand, DALE MYLER returns to further educate us about the art of bitting. Dale will be working with several horses and describing the progress each horse makes in its training using the right bit. Dale will also be revealing new ground breaking research connecting the horses's mouth and tongue pressure to the horse's overall state of health and learning ability.
Also returning for this year's expo is RICK LAMB, the popular host of RFD TV's THE HORSE SHOW. Last year Rick produced two television shows on his trip here. They aired in December on RFD TV. Rick will once again be moderating this year's program.
  Rick has written three books....THE REVOLUTION IN HORSEMANSHIP with Dr. Miller, HORSE SMARTS FOR THE BUSY RIDER,  and HUMAN TO HORSEMAN.  This fall Rick embarks on another new career, he will be teaching "Equine Behavior and the Development of Natural Horsemanship" at the University of Montana in Dillon, Montana.  
  As part of this year's Hawaii Horse Expo Rick will be presenting his power point presentation FINDING FLICKA-"Choosing the horse that is right for you".
Jack BrainardHIHS HAWAII HORSE EXPO 2009 is thrilled to announce that legendary Texas trainer, Jack Brainard will be a featured clinician at this year's event.
Master of the flying lead change, Jack has been working with horses for over 50 years. Jack's background is so diverse, so full of awards and milestones, that it is impossible to mention them all. He has won World Titles in a variety of disciplines including reining, cutting, roping, and pleasure riding. In 1966 Jack helped organize THE NATIONAL REINING HORSE ASSOCIATION (NRHA). He is a longtime horse show judge and veteran ROAD TO THE HORSE judge.
At 85 Jack still trains his own 2 year olds. Here are some tips from Jack: "No cue should last longer than one second."
"The secret to training a horse is to show him how and when and where to place his feet."
Jack's never-ending enthusiasm for horses is bringing him to HAWAII HORSE EXPO 2009. Jack will be teaching and demonstrating ADVANCED HORSEMANSHIP BASED ON COWBOY DRESSAGE.
Hawaii Horse Expo 2009 completes its roster of presenters with renowned animal photographer TIM FLACH. Tim will be traveling to Hawaii from his home in London, England to share some of his incredible photographs and adventures with us.
Before turning his attention to animals, Tim spent twenty years as a highly successful advertising photographer. His awards are too numerous to mention, and articles on Tim's work regularly appear in professional photography journals. Tim's photographs have appeared in many international magazines. You may have seen his photographs in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE.
Tim Flach, Mustangs Warm EQUUS, Tim's latest book, took seven years to complete. During that time he traveled around the world documenting horses in such places as Iceland, Dubai, Mongolia, Africa and The American Southwest. In EQUUS, Tim documents and explores our relationship to horses, a relationship that goes back tens of thousands of years. He'll show us Arabians, Icelandics, Thoroughbreds, Mustangs, and the rare Przewalski's Horse - the only true wild horse. Tim will talk about the differences in the horses he photographed, how location shapes our response to the species today, and the various cultures that have evolved around horses. Tim's images are unique, powerful, informative and at times disturbing.
If you are interested in horses, you definitely do not want to miss this rare and wonderful opportunity to meet Tim and see his work.
GOOD NEWS FOR OUT OF TOWNERS... THE ROYAL KONA RESORT is sponsoring this year's HIHS HORSE EXPO and is offering an unbelievable deal of $125 a night for expo attendees. THE ROYAL KONA RESORT is a beautiful, first class property on the bay, with spectacular ocean views, great food, and is within easy walking distance to town. For an additional moderate fee, attendees may ride with the clinicians to the expo aboard the official HIHS Expo bus. As an added bonus, those staying at THE ROYAL KONA RESORT will receive a complimentary invitation to Dr. Miller's lecture with videos, NEW CONCEPTS IN IMPRINT TRAINING. This lecture will take place on Friday afternoon, August 14, at the resort.
HORSEPLAY-WHAT DOES IT MEAN?  If we understand horseplay does it help us become  better horse people? Find out on Saturday, August 15 at Hawaii Horse Expo. Some of us have been lucky enough to see our horses play and romp for hours--jumping and bucking and biting; intricate movement with feet off the ground; racing full out--it is glorious to watch but what does it mean?  Are they just exercising?  Is this about dominance?  Animal photographer, Mary Buckley has taken a series of  remarkable photographs of two geldings engaged in play. Noted horse trainer, clinician, and breeder, Lester Buckley, will offer insights on the behavior captured in the photographs, and suggest how we can apply this knowledge to improve our own horsemanship.  Lester and Mary frequently collaborate (Lester writes the text, Mary takes the pictures) on magazine articles addressing natural horsemanship.
 horse b before rescue
To rehabilitate horses like this takes a lot of money:  money for veterinary care; money for special nutritional needs; money for foster care until a suitable adoption is found. Fortunately, due to our generous sponsors, every dollar raised through ticket sales to Hawaii Horse Expo will go directly into the Horse Rescue Fund and be used only for Horse Rescue.
The same horse AFTER RESCUE:
 horse b after







Many Mahalos 
to Our 2009 Sponsors!


A.K. Ranch
Alice and Robert Guild


 Bay Area Equestrian Network


Big Island Toyota




Fred Hayman
Beverly Hills


Jungle's Edge Coffee Company, Ltd.


David B. Kaapu
Attorney at Law


Kapa'au Veterinary Center
Kapa'au Veterinary Center


Land O Lakes






Waimea Urgent Care


WALCO International Inc.



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