Today, the president of the Maryland Horse World Expo, Denise Parsons, made the following announcement:
We are sorry to inform you that the Maryland Horse World Expo scheduled for January 19-21, 2018, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Maryland, has been cancelled for 2018 and beyond.
We want to thank you for your past support; it’s the exhibitors that make events like ours possible and we are most appreciative. As you probably know, the attendance at the MD event has declined over the years and exhibitor participation for 2018 was down considerably from last year. Rather than hold an Expo that would probably disappoint many exhibitors and attendees, we felt it was time to close the MD Expo permanently.
This is not a decision we made lightly and we regret having to take this action. However, we feel strongly that it is right decision for all involved given the existing circumstances. We apologize that our decision comes only 6 weeks prior to the Expo, but we were holding out hope that we could attract enough exhibitors to make a presentable Expo. Obviously, that did not happen; we hope our decision has minimal impact for you and your business. We also believe this decision will make for a stronger Pennsylvania Horse World Expo and, if you haven’t already planned to participate, we invite you to join us in PA on March 1-4, 2018, at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg (approximately 1 hour drive time from the Timonium Fairgrounds).
If you were signed up as a Maryland vendor, with regard to payments for Maryland made by your company, we will immediately take the action requested by you; options are: immediately refund all money paid or move all or any portion to the PA event and refund any difference. If you want a refund and you paid with a credit card within the past 90 days, your payment(s) will be credited to that card immediately. If you want a refund and you paid by credit card more than 90 days ago, we will mail a check to you for the full amount immediately. If you paid by check/money order we will mail you a check for the full amount immediately. Please let us know how you wish to proceed. Checks will be mailed to the address we have on file, unless you specify otherwise.
Thank you again for your support; please email or call our office if you have questions. We wish you well in the future and hope to continue working with you at the PA Horse World Expo.
Equestrian Promotions, Inc.