If you don't consider yourself a horse enthusiast, you might not be aware of Equine Affaire .

On the other hand, if you are a horse lover, you might already be planning to attend this annual Columbus event coming to the Ohio Expo Center , April 2 - 5.

Either way, the event is worth checking out, especially this year as a number of new events have been added that will appeal to horse enthusiasts and general animal-lovers alike.

Along with stellar equine education (the event features hours of clinics, seminars and demonstrations on topics relevant to horse people), other old favorites are back this year.

First, there is the shopping! The event features the largest horse-related trade show in North America with exhibitors to meet all equine and equestrian needs.

Also back this year is the nightly entertainment of the Pfizer Fantasia . This "musical celebration of the horse" requires a separate ticket, but it is great family entertainment. Fantasia is an impressive lineup of professional equestrian performers set to music - think people doing stunts on horses, horses doing interesting choreography and lots of acts that make you wonder how the horse and the rider do that.

I attended Pfizer Fantasia last year, and while not a horse person, really enjoyed the artistry of the night. If you go, I recommend arriving early so you can have dinner on the grounds. A variety of fair type food (yes, there are French fries with vinegar and cream puffs) is served, along with beer, wine and alcohol.

New this year is the Canine Affaire , a program of clinics and demonstrations on general dog training. You'll be able to learn useful training tips and there are number of vendors who will be specializing in canine gear. One word of warning: plan on attending, but leave your furry best friend at home. Only guide animals and invited horses are allowed on the grounds.

To learn more about all that will be happening at Equine Affair, check out their Web site .