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For several years leading up to 2006, the world of equestrian manufactures and retailers seemed to be populated by different groups…all or most going in their own directions with little to no cohesion. There were many strong opinions, but very little consensus.
In 2006, several leaders of the equestrian industry joined together and decided to unite this disparate equine business. These visionaries put in their time, money and effort and started to bring about the vision of a trade association to reality. Concepts such as communication, camaraderie, exchanging ideas and information as well as the pooling of resources came into play.
A year later in 2007, the fledgling non-profit American Equestrian Trade Association was up and running with all the right paperwork and people in place. Many of the same tireless and forward-looking individuals who were there in the beginning encouraged others to participate in AETA as well. Without the efforts of these pioneers, AETA would have never gotten off of the ground.
Assisted by a partnership with Hopper Expositions, Inc., AETA has served to unite the industry and support connections between equestrian manufacturers and retail buyers with semi-annual trade shows at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. AETA staged an equestrian industry homecoming to the King of Prussia/Valley Forge Pennsylvania region where the industry historically convened in the past.
Even as a young association, AETA continues to steadily grow its membership. It is on solid financial footing, has a high-energy board of directors with no lack of creative ideas and a strong new management company that keeps all on track on a daily basis as well as helps the board to focus its creativity. The American Equestrian Trade Association welcomes new members. With the support of our founders and the exciting input of our new members, AETA looks forward to a strong future.