POMONA — Equestrian enthusiasts of all stripes gathered at the Fairplex on Saturday to watch demonstrations, meet with clinicians and shop for bargains on equipment at the final day of the Horse Expo Pomona.
The three-day event — part of a group of programs for professionals and fans — attracted thousands of visitors from all over the Southland.
Countless vendors and horse-related companies were on hand to give free samples and sell their wares.
Shows throughout the event ranged from saddle fitting to breed demonstrations.
Kim Melillo of Eastvale said she's been attending the annual equine gathering for the past decade.
"It's good to come here once a year and see what's the latest and greatest in the horse industry," she said.
The expo seemed smaller than in past years, however, and some exhibits were no longer present, Melillo said.
"But all in all, I wouldn't miss it," she said, as she headed off to watch demonstrations showcasing the Gypsy Vanner, Arabian and Friesian breeds of horse.
At one exhibit, dozens of horse owners listened attentively as a clinician explained the mechanics of the equine leg.
At another, horseman John Bozanich demonstrated the finer points of attaching saddles and other equipment to horses.
One big attraction Saturday was a very small horse.
Guests young and old couldn't seem to be able to resist petting the soft fur of the attention-loving, 14-year-
Sisters Peggy and Julie Duvall of Ontario were among those unable to resist Sequoia's charm.
They were looking for bargains on items such as riding crops and feed, and they said they were finding them.
"We got some good deals," Peggy Duvall said.
Penny Velasco and her daughter Danielle Velasco of La Mirada carried bags containing fly masks and other equipment to their car before returning to the expo to continue shopping.
"They do give some show deals for coming down here," Danielle Velasco said.