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April 11, 2014

Essex woman preparing for Equine Expo and Sale

TOPSFIELD — Cape Ann horse enthusiasts have an opportunity to clean out the barn, save some money on equipment, and help to maintain trails in Essex and surrounding towns.

The Essex County Trail Association (ECTA) will be hosting its 19th annual Equine Expo and Sale in the Arena building at Topsfield Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

And for the 19th year, Essex resident Kay Joseph and Hamilton resident Sue McLaughlin are organizing the event.

More than 50 vendors will be selling new and used items, as well as services for the horse and rider. There will be a silent auction and a food truck. The arena is wheelchair-accessible, and there is plenty of free parking.

Demonstrations planned for the day include Sharon L. Smith, horse crooner; Lincoln Barton, equine dentist; New England Equine Rescue; Pam Walker, dressage; Kim Porter, Chincoteague ponies; and Ben Wallace, trailer loading and horsemanship on the trails.

This event raises money to help ECTA maintain trails in Essex, Hamilton, Wenham, Topsfield, Ipswich and West Newbury. ECTA is accepting donations of horse items that are clean and in good repair for its sale table.

Joseph said she still has room for some vendors. Often several barn boarders will split the cost of renting a spot to sell things they no longer use or need.

Admission is $5; children younger than 10 are admitted free.

More information about the expo is available by contacting McLaughlin at 978-468-7715 or

Joseph may be contacted about vendor spaces, or about item donations for ECTA at 978-768-6275 or

For more information about ECTA, visit

If you go

What: Equine Expo and Sale.

When: Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Arena Building, Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St. (Route 1), Topsfield.

How much: $5; 10 and younger, no charge. Free parking

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