Happy trails to all at the Idaho Horse Expo

The three-day annual Idaho Horse Expo will open for its 30th year this Friday and will run through Sunday, April 17, with exciting events, clinics, sales and silent auctions scheduled at the Ford Idaho Horse Park, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa.

The featured clinician will be Chris Cox, who has won the Road to the Horse four times and gives demonstrations around the world. Several local clinicians will also be participating, with Trail Challenge Friday and Saturday in the Main Arena, and entertainment Saturday night.

Other highlights will include Stallions on Parade, Kids Camp, Breed Challenge, Queening, Jump Clinic, varied vendors and seminars.

Outside events will be the Jump Clinic at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Snake River Arena and the Cowboy Race at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Private Treaty Horse Sale will have horses in the coverall all three days.

Expo hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Advance tickets cost $8 general, $6 seniors and $10 general, $8 seniors at the door. All youths 12 and younger will be admitted free, thanks to the Boot Barn and Appaloosa Horse Club. Discounted tickets will be available in advance at tack stores around the Valley and the Idaho Horse Council office; RC Bean Saddle Shop in Star; Saddle Up in Middleton; Idaho Cowboys Supply in Caldwell; and Hap Tallman in Boise.


The final performances of the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra will have a different schedule this month, with the Boise concert on Saturday evening, April 16, as usual, and the Nampa program at Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St., on Sunday, April 17, at 3 p.m. There will be a pre-concert talk at 2 p.m.

The season will finish with two “powerhouse pieces,” according to Music Director Robert Franz. A two-time Grammy nominee, violinist Jennifer Frautschi, returns to Idaho to perform Brahms’ “Violin Concerto,” which many consider “one of the two best concertos ever written.”

The second number on the program will be the exciting and exotic “Second Symphony” by Alexander Borodin, a Russian romantic composer as well as a doctor, a scientist and a chemist. Best known for his work “Prince Igor,” Borodin creates a vivid musical work that brings to life the princes and warriors of ancient Russia.


Once again, the O’Connor Field House at 2207 Blaine St., Caldwell, will ring with music, laughter and “famous” folks, featuring tongue-in-cheek performances by unexpected local celebrities. The event will benefit the Mayor’s Youth Council and Destination Caldwell and will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Local Legends Concert is one of many activities sponsored by the city of Caldwell during the year, such as the 4th of July Parade, Car Show and Fireworks, the beautiful Christmas lighting and more.

According to Susan Miller in the mayor’s office, 19 acts have signed up for the Legends show, and the evening will also include a no-host bar and café, silent auctions and a Super Six Raffle.

Mayor Garret Nancolas will appear as ZZ Top/Sharp Dressed Man, Canyon County Commissioner Tom Dale (former Nampa mayor) will perform, and the CEO from West Valley Medical Center, Betsy Hunsicker, will bring the Valley Girls dancing to “We Got the Beat.”

You won’t want to miss Dr. Nick Massoth’s version of “Dr. Rock.”

Tickets are $10 and are available at City Hall or at the Field House door. For more information, email

Marie D. Galyean is a journalist and freelance writer who has lived in Canyon County for more than 40 years. Do you have any news about West Treasure Valley people, events and other subjects of interest? Email your ideas and stories to: