Michigan Horse Expo Chair
Contact Ann Louise Budd
Michigan Horse Expo Administrator
Contact Marilyn Graff
Michigan Horse Expo Program
C & C Publishing, Inc.
Publisher of Saddle Up! Magazine
About Marilyn and Ann Louise:
Ann Louise has been, first as co-chair, then as chair ever since the Expo began, with the exception of 2015. The Expo as it currently exists with the Trade Show, began in 1984, and was held at the Lansing Civic Center. Years 1-11 were held at the old Lansing Civic Center; 12 and 13 were at the then new Lansing Center, and with year 14, in 1997, at the now location, the “new” MSU Pavilion. Ann Louise and Bev Grunheid were co-chairs through the move to the4 MSU Pavilion. Several years later, Bev had to retire due to health issues, then Ann Louise became chair. Ann Louise’s background includes studying Ag Communications at MSU, and interning and working with the huge trade show at the Arabian National Horse Show. Bev worked for a carpet company, and specialized in carpeting for trade shows. All three were included in the original planning meetings for the first Expo and Trade show. Prior to that, Marilyn had chaired the “old” Stallion Expo, held in the “old” Pavilion at Michigan State for several years prior to that first “big” Expo and Trade Show.
Marilyn came on board, again, in the fall of 1995 to handle Publicity and Promotion, and this position grew exponentially when the Expo moved to the current location and could include “live horse” clinics and demonstrations. The first twelve years of the Expo, Marilyn was involved as well, primarily as an exhibitor. As the Expo continued to grow, and Bev retired, Marilyn moved up to the position of Administrator. Marilyn’s background includes a degree in Journalism from MSU, with a specialty in advertising, 20+ years as owner, editor and publisher of Saddle Talk (no connection with Saddle UP) magazine.
All three had years of experience in the horse world, Ann Louise as a 4-H leader and Arabian Horses, and after a many-year break, her daughter Marta is again showing Arabian horses. Bev with hauling her daughters to show on the Morgan Horse circuit; and Marilyn showed Open, Quarter Horse, Appaloosa and POA shows, first herself, then children, grandchildren, and “adopted” children. She also acted as secretary for rodeos, horse races and horse shows, so had that valuable experience when it came to setting schedules and times for performances in various areas for the Expo